Primary Transition Liaison
Our partner primary schools are:
Although the majority of our pupils join us from our partner primary schools, we are always pleased to welcome pupils from other primary schools in Sunderland, the UK, and even other parts of the world.
Parents of children in all primary schools are welcome to apply for places. For more information and to apply for a place online click here.
We have a well-established primary liaison programme whereby all pupils in our partner primary schools benefit from learning experiences here at Thornhill. As well as specialist lessons, pupils in years 1-6 also receive teaching visits from Thornhill Staff in their own schools.
Our wide and varied programme introduces primary pupils to Thornhill and enhances a safe and successful transition process for those many pupils who join us for their secondary education.
Primary Liaison Transition Team
“Our aim is for pupils to experience a successful transition from key stage 2 to key stage 3”
All Thornhill teachers share this aim but our Liaison Team in particular work in collaboration with primary staff and parents to ensure we achieve our aim. We pride ourselves in the care shown to pupils and this care begins even before a child joins us. This means we get to know pupils (and many parents) before they become part of the Thornhill family so, when they do join us they feel happy, confident, and ready to learn. Parents can be assured of a close working relationship between home and Thornhill.
During the past two years we were pleased to host a range of exciting primary liaison events to which year 5 pupils were invited.
Our highlight event was hosting a planetarium in school in conjunction with Kielder Observatory as part of British Science Week in March. Primary pupils were able to experience the wonders of our night skies and they found their visits to Thornhill “amazing” and “fascinating”.
In June 2019, we hosted “Rainforest Adventure Days” whereby year 5 pupils were able to learn about life in rainforests as well as become acquainted with rainforest animals such as snakes and lizards. Thornhill teachers were very impressed by the creative artwork produced by pupils on these days.
Previously, year 4 pupils visited us for Bastille Day celebrations in July, they learnt all about the history of Bastille Day, play French boules, speak in French, and order food from our French café. Pupils said they had “a brilliant time”. We were especially delighted to welcome pupils from Broadway Junior School to our primary liaison events. It was particularly pleasing to later see a number of these Broadway pupils choose Thornhill as their preferred secondary school.
To help get to know our new children, we hosted 2 Activity Days in school at the end of August, involving lots of fun and social activities. These days help integrate our new starters and alleviate any fears.
Currently, our focus is to engage with Y6 pupils and parents considering Thornhill for September 2021. Please contact us should you wish to discuss any aspect of your child's future at Thornhill.
A dedicated team of staff are already working on a range of primary liaison events for the year ahead, starting this term. Watch this space.