Educating Yorkshire’s ‘Mushy’ Inspires Shaftesbury School Staff And Students

The star of Channel 4’s 2013 hit series ‘Educating Yorkshire’ visited Shaftesbury School and gave a motivating talk to year 11 and year 13 pupils yesterday.

The nation cheered on Musharaf Asgha as his teacher tried to help him overcome his stammer during the reality series. Yesterday there were tears from pupils and staff including headteacher Donna London-Hill as ‘Mushy’ played back TV footage of the moment when he addressed the year group in his Dewsbury school with his stammer greatly reduced.

Mrs London-Hill told Alfred that Mushy’s talk was all about ‘resilience’ and ‘overcoming adversity’. Donna felt his words were inspiring.

From left: Lisa Burton, Donna London-Hill, Musharaf ‘Mushy’ Asgha and Clare Barrett

Mushy spoke to a packed hall and chief executive of the Sherborne Area Schools Trust, Steve Hillier, was pleased by the turnout, especially as pupils have finished their studies and don’t have to attend.

“It’s been a tough year with everything related to COVID-19, and just to see some normality and students smiling together at school – that’s what it’s all about,” said Steve. Schools are, ‘not just exam factories’, Mr Hillier added. “It’s about setting (students) up for the next stage in their lives.”

Alfred spoke with Musharaf, as you’ll hear in our report. He offers advice on what you should never do if you end up in conversation with somebody with a speech problem.