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Consilium Awards 2023

Here are the highlights of that memorable night

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  • Year 11 Awards Ceremony

    Published 15/11/23
    Students of the class of 2023 are invited back to Thornhill Academy to receive their GCSE certificates and other subject awards. This is an opportunity to see your old classmates as well as receive recognition for your hard work and commitment
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  • Thornhill Academy triumph at Consilium Academies awards

    Published 27/10/23
    We can all appreciate the opportunity to get our glad rags on, let our hair down, and celebrate excellence, which is exactly what happened for attendees of the Consilium Academies awards. The ceremony was held at The Queens Hotel in Leeds on Frida
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  • Thornhill Academy Welcomes Mental Health Support Bus ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 13/10/23
    Thornhill Academy, part of Consilium Academies, enjoyed a visit from the 'Wear Here 4 You Bus,' a mobile mental health support unit equipped with a variety of engaging activities. The visit took place to mark World Mental Health Day, offering
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  • Thornhill Academy Launches Wellbeing Centre for Students and Families ​​​​​​​

    Published 05/10/23
    Thornhill Academy is proud to announce the opening of its new Wellbeing Centre, a dedicated space designed to provide essential advice, support, and guidance to students and their families. This initiative marks a significant step towards enhancing t
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    Published 29/09/23
    29 September: Secondary school students from Thornhill, part of Consilium Academies, were invited by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor Dorothy Trueman  to be her guests at City Hall to view the city’
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  • Results Day 2023

    Published 29/08/23

    A collection of moments capturing the excitement, relief and pride that come with achieving academic milestones. Each photograph is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students. 

    Join us in reliving the joy and accomplishments through these snapshots of success. 

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  • Sports Leaders volunteer at local primary school

    Published 24/07/23

    Our Sports Leaders spent the afternoon at Richard Avenue Primary School, for the Y5 and Y6 Sports Day.

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  • Letter from the Mayor of the City of Sunderland 18.7.2023

    Published 18/07/23

    We are so proud of all of our staff and students, who attended the "Remembering Srebrenica Commemorative Service" at Sunderland Minister, well done everyone!

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  • Culture Week 2023

    Published 07/07/23

    What an amazing week we have had for our Culture Week 2023

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    Published 07/06/23

    Thornhill Academy teaches life skills that can’t be learned from a book or a classroom

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  • Thornhill Academy gives students chance to experience live theatre with a free trip to the Sunderland Empire

    Published 08/03/23

    On Thursday 2nd March, 37 Thornhill Academy students had the chance to visit the Sunderland Empire to watch the National Theatre’s major new stage adaptation of the Ocean at the End of the Lane. 


    This is a free opportunity, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, for these local students to experience live theatre. For some students this was their first experience of the theatre.


    Thornhill Academy works very closely with Sunderland Empire and the National Theatre, most recently with their Speak Up programme, which allows students to work with local artists to develop work which covers topics which are important to them. As a result of this, Thornhill students were lucky enough to be offered free tickets to help get young people to experience theatre.


    This opportunity allowed all Year 10 GCSE Drama and some Year 9 students to experience live theatre and see first-hand how both the actors and design elements all come together to put on a production.


    Ava, Year 9 student at Thornhill Academy, said:

    "Great opportunity and experience to go on a trip with the school and see the actors perform."


    Oyinni, Year 9 student at Thornhill Academy, said:

    "It was really good! I learnt that lighting in drama has a great effect on a performance, I am so happy I went. I want to watch more now!


    Sophie, Year 10 student at Thornhill Academy, said:

    "It was an exciting and great opportunity."


    Sue Hamilton, Headteacher of Thornhill Academy, part of Consilium Academies said:

    “We are very lucky to have fantastic links with Sunderland Empire and I am really passionate that our students get the same opportunities to see and experience the fantastic performances happening right on our doorstep.


    “Performing arts is a central part of our exciting offer to students. Exposing young people to the arts in this way is not only a fun experience but serves to do so much more than entertain. These life experiences can often inspire and give them a flavour of something they might like to pursue, whether it’s a hobby or a career.


    “We are grateful to Arts Council England for making this a possibility for our students, many of whom have not experienced love performances before.”

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    Published 02/03/23

    On Wednesday 1 March, local best-selling author and former English teacher, Anne Twine, who writes under the pseudonym Annie Flanagan, visited Thornhill Academy to give a series of talks to Sunderland students about becoming an author.  

    To mark World Book Day this year, Anne spoke to students about her books, Monument and Dummy Run, and her third book which is about to be published, which are all heavily relatable for teenagers. Anne will also read a short extract from her new book to the students.  

    Liam Clark, Deputy Headteacher at Thornhill Academy, part of Consilium Academies, said:  
    “We invited Anne into school to help us with our World Book Day celebrations because she is a local author who has written books inspired by our city and catchment area. The children have been able to listen to how Anne has constructed her books and spot themselves or their friends in the characters that she has written about.

    “World Book Day is a fantastic celebration, and this is just one example of how our young people are developing as readers. In reality reading is prioritised at Thornhill in each lesson, every day. We want our youngsters to read like scientists, geographers, and historians, each and every day.” 

    Ridwan, Year 7 student at Thornhill Academy, said:  
    “Reading makes me feel calm. It allows me to let out my imagination. It is more than a bunch of words. If you read properly then you can let out your imagination.

    “Yesterday, we read a book about a boy who had a lot of fears and how he was trying to overcome then.

    “The book is brought to life because it is relatable.”

    Anne Twine, local best-selling author, and former English teacher said:  
    “I am the first author to have featured Penshaw Monument in a novel and when the children of Sunderland see the front cover, they immediately relate to the book, and they know where it is set.

    “Children are able to see themselves in the characters, that is what makes the book relatable.”  


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