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Inspiration Day Ignites Future Career Pathways for Thornhill Academy Students

We witnessed a vibrant celebration of career exploration and hands-on learning during its highly anticipated Inspiration Day. The event, which whisked the whole student community away from the traditional timetable for one day, provided a kaleidoscope of insights, activities, and inspiration for their future careers paths.


Students in Year 7 and 8 enjoyed a carousel of ‘Careers in...’ sessions linking their curriculum learning to future careers and skills. For Year 7s a highlight was working with the Royal Air Force to evaluate emergency scenarios and plan what actions, jobs and roles would be needed and for Year 8s working with Penshaw View to understand the importance of health and safety at work.


Equans facilitated a team-building activity, enriching students with knowledge about the construction industry in a fun-filled environment and in conjunction with National Science Week, Year 8 students immersed themselves in a STEM workshop sponsored by the Platton Family Fund, in partnership with the Smallpiece Trust. From designing wind turbines to constructing gearing systems and turbine blades, students showcased their ingenuity and creativity under the guidance of Mr. Miller, the DT and engineering teacher.


Meanwhile Year 9 students gained valuable insights into careers in energy with Northern Gas Networks and explored the world of audio equipment and broadcasting with Canford.


Engineering enthusiasts from Year 10 were treated to a visit to the Wates construction site, followed by sessions with the Department of Work and Pensions, focusing on employability skills and mock interviews.


For Year 11 students the National Citizens Service, a voluntary personal and social development program for 16–17 year olds, held sessions to develop their social and planning skills and to help them build relationships within the wider community. There was also the opportunity to visit Sunderland College City Campus for a tour around their vocational departments as well as gaining support with their applications.


Finally, selected students from each year group worked with Newcastle University to get a glimpse into different aspects of university life and support with raising aspirations for their futures.


Sue Hamilton, Headteacher at Thornhill Academy, said: “Thornhill remains committed to building a culture of exploration and innovation, equipping every one of our students with the skills and inspiration they need to thrive at school and beyond.”