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Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


Here are the highlights of the memorable night, The Consilium Awards 2023

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March 2024

  • Inspiration Day Ignites Future Career Pathways for Thornhill Academy Students

    Published 26/03/24

    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.”

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  • First Financial Awareness Week Bridging the gap between academic learning and practical life applications

    Published 25/03/24

    Thornhill Academy, launched it's ran its inaugural Financial Awareness Week to build students’ financial literacy. The initiative comes as a direct response to student requests for a better understanding of finance and its implications for their future.


    In collaboration with Young Enterprise, the school is embarking on the Centres for Excellence programme supporting students to learn more about the role of money in society, managing their own money and the risks associated with money.


    During the week-long event students worked with teachers, tutors and visitors from the My Personal Finance Skills organisation. Students in years 7-9 learnt about tax facts, fraud investigations and how to open their first bank account, while older students in years 10 and 11 learnt about the economy, making a difference with social enterprise activities and how to understand payslips and calculating deductions.


    Sue Hamilton, Headteacher at Thornhill Academy, said: “In a cost of living crisis, where many face financial uncertainty, the importance of teaching young people about personal finance cannot be overstated. As we invest in the financial literacy of our young people, we lay the groundwork for a more prosperous, resilient, and equitable future for all.


    “Through hands-on workshops and engaging discussions, students have been provided with invaluable insights and practical skills that will serve them well beyond the classroom. Financial Awareness Week is just the beginning of our commitment to developing financial literacy and empowering our students to take charge of their financial futures."

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  • Thornhill Academy Music Student Honoured with Sunderland Young Achievers Award

    Published 25/03/24
    We are proud to announce that one of our outstanding Year 11 students has been recognised with a prestigious Sunderland Young Achievers award. The ceremony took place on Friday, March 22nd, at the renowned Rainton Arena in Houghton Le Sprin
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  • Thornhill Academy Students Take Centre Stage for Careers Week ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 05/03/24
    Thornhill Academy, part of Consilium Academies, is partnering with the Sunderland Empire Theatre to broaden students’ horizons and offer new and exciting opportunities this Careers Week 4-9 March.   Funded by Arts Council England, &l
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  • Thornhill Academy Students Shine in North East Choir of the Year Competition

    Published 01/03/24
    Students proudly represented Sunderland in the North East Choir of the Year competition, held as part of the esteemed Durham Choir Festival. In a showcase of talent, twenty-two pupils from Thornhill Academy took to the stage in the historic Durham
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March 2024