Wednesday 24 April 2019

Latest News (old stories)

World Book Day 2019

As a school which exploits every opportunity to promote the joy of reading, we approach World Book Day on Thursday 7th March with much excitement. Posters advertising World Book Day events are

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Nissan Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Nissan Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair to be held at Nissan on  Tuesday 5th March and Wednesday 6th March at 6pm.

This is an opportunity for pupils and parents to come along and hear about our

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International Day of Women & Girls in Science

Thornhill science department next week will be supporting the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, through our work to achieve bronze crest award and promoting our upcoming science week

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Class charts

We would like to thank all parents, carers and relatives who joined us last week for our busy Review Day. We really value the chance to talk to families and pupils together and to share information

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

Holocaust Memorial Day is on Sunday January 27th. As part of PDL work and assemblies Thornhill pupils will be commemorating the event by carrying out a number of activities related to this

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Pupils WW1 Centenary showcase

Pupils continue to work on activities associated with the WW1 Centenary. This will culminate in pupils showcasing their work to fellow pupils and staff in school on Friday 9th November.

There have

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WWI Centenary Commemoration

Day 1 - Monday 5th November

Our week of commemorative events got underway with a very poignant wreath laying ceremony in the specially created commemorative garden. Next to the Thornhill Tommy

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National Restart a Heart Day

Our academy motto “Learn to Live” is broadened today by the fact that all year 9 pupils are receiving training to possibly help save someone’s life in the event of a cardiac No comments Read More


Marking the end of World War I 100 years on

Before dawn broke over northern France on 4 November 1918, a 25-year-old British officer, Lt Wilfred Owen of the Manchester Regiment, headed out from a house in which British troops had been holed up

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Chat and Tour

Year 6 pupils – Secondary School Selection

Thornhill recently hosted a very successful Open Evening for year 5 & year 6 pupils. We realise not everyone could make this event therefore we

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A Poem in their Pocket

As part of our National Poetry Day celebrations all members of Year 7 have, with the help of their English teacher, selected a poem to learn and recite in front of their class on or around National

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Careers Convention 2018

Thornhill Academy Careers Convention 2018 will be held on Wednesday 10th October 2018 from 1.30pm-4.30pm in the Sports Hall. Year 11 pupils will be invited to attend the Convention during period 6

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Bronze Arts Awards

Last term our year 10 pupils proudly ended the school year with a special exhibition in Sunderland Minster showing off the work they produced during their Set Sails project with the Cultural Spring

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Cake Sale

Monday 1st October

Break time in the base

Please bring all cake donations to Brydon study on Monday morning.

Bought or home made, every contribution makes a difference.


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Homework Club

With the new term now well underway our Homework Club goes from strength to strength. Open every Monday to Thursday from 3.10 until 4pm (2.20 – 3pm Wednesday) and with 2 staff in attendance

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Thornhill Walk 2018

On Saturday 6th October 2018 we are holding our annual sponsored walk from Seaburn to South Shields. This year we are once again going to try and raise money for Cancer Research UK which I hope you

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Storm Ali

Storm Ali has arrived….. During lunchtime today we suffered some damage to one of our outdoor ceilings. Pupils were fantastic and followed staff advice and guidance; we continue to operate as

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Open Day 2018

WEDNESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2018, 3.30PM – 6.30PM

You will have the opportunity to meet our Headteacher, Ian Redford, staff and students as well as having a tour of our excellent

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Uniform Update

Dear Parents/Carers

We are aware of the on-going issues and mixed messages being communicated from Initial Images our new uniform supplier. We would like to reassure parents that we understand and

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GCSE Results Day 2018

Results can be collected on Thursday 23rd August in the Tom Cowie between 10am - 12 noon.

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Brilliant Club Graduation

On the afternoon of Monday 16th July our hugely successful Brilliant Club members, accompanied by parents and staff, attended the graduation ceremony at Durham University. Having successfully

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England V Croatia

Due to the huge success of the England team we want to allow our pupils to feel involved. We are therefore allowing our pupils to wear their England shirts for school on Wednesday.

Pupils can

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A Night at the Musicals

Don't miss out on this year’s fabulous Thornhill Academy Production 'A Night at the Musicals'.

A combination of the shows from the past 4 years including Joseph and the Amazing

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National Writing Day

There's been a big focus on reading as an aid to literacy, and while this is ongoing, we’re focusing upon writing and celebrating the pleasure that can be gained from writing a good story.


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Exhibition of The Arts

Everyone is welcome to join us for this years celebration of the Arts at Thornhill Academy.
On display will be a range of visual artwork from our local primary schools up to our final
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England V Nigeria

Saturday 2nd June 2018

Meet at Thornhill for 8:30am leaving at 9am.

Pupils will need some money for refreshments.

No need for School Uniform! Just something Red/White & Blue.

We expect to

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Pathways Evening

Pathways Evening 23rd May 2018

The evening starts at 4:30pm with a presentation by the Headteacher then the opportunity to discuss individual subject requirements with specialist staff.


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Readathon Challenge

Thornhill Academy’s English department will be launching this year’s Readathon Challenge to mainly year 7 and 8 pupils this week. Pupils are being encouraged to collect as many

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Double Awards for Peer Mentor Team

It has been a busy week for our year 10 peer mentor team as they have received two prestigious awards within a week. Last night they attended Sunderland Young Achievers Awards Ceremony where they

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Cancer Research UK AGM

Thornhill Academy welcomed our close friends Cancer Research UK. For many years we have helped raise money for this charity and this year has been no exception. Our annual Thornhill Walk raised over

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Brilliant Club

Pupils from the Brilliant Club attended the launch of their collaboration with Newcastle University on a project titled “Illuminating the Body” this week. The day involved: an

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Book Fair

Thornhill Academy’s English department are excited to announce our annual book fair, which will be held in the LRC from March 19th to the 23rd.

A Book Fair is a celebration of reading

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British Science Week

British Science week takes place 9th – 18th March. Here at Thornhill we shall be hosting a mobile planetarium in our main hall in conjunction with Kielder Observatory.

Many of our pupils will

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Earn to Live, Live to Earn

Can you Inspire the Workforce of Tomorrow?

Earn to Live, Live to Earn 

26th-28th March 2018

Are you an ex-pupil, parent, local business or a supporter of the school who would be

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World Book Day

Thursday 1st March is World Book Day and, as usual, we have a number of activities going on in and around school to celebrate reading. All students will have the opportunity to take part in our epic

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Fantastic community effort

I would like to say a massive thank you to the 50 strong work force who turned up yesterday. It was fantastic to see pupils, parents, staff, governors and supporters digging deep…..literally,

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School site update

Hi everyone (pupils and parents) I hope you have been enjoying the snow days. In an effort to open the site safely on Monday I am looking for some help tomorrow (Saturday) from 11:30am. Our

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In an effort to allow parents to be informed as early as possible we are announcing that Thornhill Academy will be closed tomorrow (2nd March). We appreciate this is not ideal and would prefer to

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Due to the Amber weather warning in place and the significant snowfall we have received we have decided to remain closed tomorrow. We appreciate this may inconvenience parents, however we would like

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Due to adverse weather conditions and disruption to travel Thornhill Academy wil be CLOSED TODAY (Wednesday 28th February) to staff and pupils due to health and safety reasons.

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Adverse Weather

We will always endeavour to open the school in the event of adverse weather, as long as it is safe to do so.  In the event of disruption caused by weather conditions such as heavy snow, the

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Exploring mind-set

This week, some of our Year 10 boys took part in a session exploring mind-set and the importance of skills for learning. As well as reflecting on their own mind-set and learning more about the cycle

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Brilliant club

Brilliant Club Undergraduates are Ready to Fly!

Thornhill Academy has its first group of most able pupils ready to start university! They will be working with a PhD mentor from Newcastle University over the next few months working on STEM related

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Exam success without the stress

Parent/Carer Support Session

Are you the parent/carer of a Year 10 or Year 11 student?

Are you keen to support your child as they approach their GCSEs but aren’t quite sure how to do it?


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Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 6th February Thornhill Academy will take part in Safer Internet Day which, this year, is themed Create, Connect and Share Respect.

At Thornhill we expect all of our pupils to be

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Time to Talk Day

It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.

Too many people with mental health problems are

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Ahoy there! Ready for a challenge of a lifetime?

All year 10 pupils were recently offered the opportunity to apply to sail to Denmark as part of the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

After much

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Parent/Carer Homework Survey

A huge thank you to those parents and carers who took time out of their busy lives to respond to our survey. Your feedback, together with the pupil responses already gathered, is invaluable to us as

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Shoebox Appeal 2017

Congratulations and thank you to all staff and pupils who contributed to our recent shoebox appeal.

A grand total of 83 Christmas shoeboxes together with £250 to help distribution costs, were

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Northumbria University Unzipped

On Monday 27th November all members of year 7 participated in a drama based event delivered by Northumbria University staff, giving an insight into the opportunities available to students who go on

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Top 10 Christmas Reads

Looking for an extra Christmas present?

Why not try one of our top 10 Christmas reads?

Some of the books that make the list:

  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Getaway by Jeff Kimmy
  • Bad Boy by David
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7X2 Run Across The Country

Congratulations to all members of Mrs Richardson’s 7X2 PE group as collectively they have ran more than the equivalent distance from Sunderland to Whitehaven on the west coast of

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CIN 2017

Children in Need non-uniform day

On Friday 17th November Thornhill Academy will be supporting children in need with the first ever non-uniform day for a donation of £1

This day is still a formal school day with high

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Anti - Bullying Week

The theme for this year’s national anti-bullying week is “All Different – All Equal”.  Here in Thornhill during the next two weeks within PDL, pupils and tutors will be

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Art & Design

Over this term in Art and Design we have been working with pupils to develop their understanding our department vision and the qualities we seek to promote in our lessons.

Thornhill Academy Art and

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Yr 11 Revision

Year 11 Revision Timetable

A timetable of all revision sessions available to our year 11 pupils has been issued this week.

We all know the importance of revision in preparation for GCSE exam

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Thornhill Sponsored Walk 2017

Once again Thornhill pulled out all the stops with over 80 pupils turning out for this years sponsored walk.  We are all so proud of our children for giving up a Saturday for such a worthy

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Careers Convention

Thornhill Academy will hold its annual Careers Convention on Wednesday 11th October from 1.30-4.30pm. Year 11 pupils will visit the Careers Convention during period 6. At 2.20, pupils from all other

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Hays Attendance Award

This morning we held our first Hays Travel attendance award prize draw whereby all pupils with 100% attendance for September were eligible to win a £20 Bridges gift voucher. Mr Poulton was

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ARTiculation Workshop

Thornhill pupils attended an ARTiculation workshop at Baltic this week. Taking them right out of their comfort zone they worked in groups with pupils from other schools and colleges, engaged in

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Thornhill Pupils Become Industrial Cadets

 16 Thornhill pupils have already spent 6 days at Nissan this half term becoming Industrial Cadets. The Year 10 pupils spent a day touring the production line, visiting the Bodyshop to see how

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Do you need more information about Thornhill Academy?

Thank you to all visitors who attended our recent Open Evening. We were delighted to meet you all, especially year 5 and year 6 pupils. We hope everyone managed to see all they wanted to see but

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Tips for New Year 7 pupils

As the summer holidays draw to a close we hope new year 7 pupils are getting excited about joining us here at Thornhill.

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GCSE Results 2017


Staff and governors at Thornhill are delighted with the results our young people have achieved this year. We wish to congratulate every one of our pupils

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GCSE Results Day

Thursday 24th August 

GCSE results can be collected between 10am-12noon in the Tom Cowie Centre.

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Beauty and the Beast

On July 4th, 5th and 6th Thornhill School along with Richard Avenue Primary School and Barnes Infant School together starred in a wonderful production of the Disney musical ‘Beauty and the

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Thornhill and Larkmead expedition to India

The group are all doing great, they have no signal at the moment but are hoping to get more pictures to us soon.

The building project is going really well, the group are off to a celebration event

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Millionaire Readers

Thornhill Millionaires!

Thornhill School would like to congratulate our twelve millionaire readers. Lamya Salam, Anju Kamaly, Tally Mennear, Nilima Ahmed, Jake Nicholson, Emma Thornton, Thalia

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Double your chance to win "Be In Plenty for Twenty"

Be In Plenty for Twenty

As we approach the end of our summer term pupils continue to earn entries into our “Be In Plenty for Twenty” attendance draw. For each week of 100% attendance

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Tribute for Bradley


Thornhill School has paid tribute to Bradley Lowery by wearing something blue with their uniform today and paying 50p for the privilege.  This was initiated by pupils

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Wear something blue for Bradley

1 little boy’s smile can bring a whole nation together.

At just 18months old Bradley was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, with years of fighting and the treatment wearing him down, he

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Celebration of the Arts

On Tuesday 20th June we hosted a celebration of the Arts at Thornhill School. The exhibition displayed art work from across all key stages from reception children at our partner primary schools to

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Primary Beauty and the Beast rehearsals

We were delighted to have budding performers visit us recently. Primary pupils from year 2 – Year 6 joined us to learn their roles for our forthcoming production of “Beauty and the

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Attendance Award Scheme

Mr Gareth Gaston (from Vision Teacher supply agency) visited school recently to present a cheque to cover costs for our current attendance promotion scheme – Be In Plenty for Twenty, whereby 15

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Community Spirit

Chloe Oliver 8H2 was a fantastic servant to the community recently. While doing her paper round after school she heard a cry for help and then could see an elderly lady (Mrs

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Thornhill pupils support city run

Sunderland city’s 10k and half marathon runs took place on Sunday May 7th. Once again we were delighted to provide a team of 22 volunteers to assist with this community event. Pupils involved

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Yr 8 Pathways Evening

The Parent & Pupil Pathways Briefing has been scheduled for Wednesday 24th May 2017. The evening will commence with a short presentation regarding the latest educational changes, followed by an

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Be In Plenty for Twenty – Attendance Prize Draw

Following the success of last terms attendance prize daw we are to continue with the same incentive scheme this term.

Not only will 100% attendance every week enhance a pupils chance of academic

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Easter Holidays

School closes for all pupils for the Easter holidays on Friday 7th April 12:40pm and re-opens to all pupils on Monday 24th April normal time.

Year 11 easter revision school is on Monday 10th -

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“Be In Plenty for Twenty” winners

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Year 9 & 10 Parents Meeting

Year 10 Parents’ Meeting - Wednesday 3rd May between 3:00pm and 6:30pm

Year 9 Parents’ Meeting - Wednesday 10th May between 3:00pm and 6:30pm

The parents’ meeting is to discuss

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Sunderland Schools Anti –Bullying Awards 2017

Congratulations to our TARAH team of peer mentors who recently received another award to add to their collection from recent years.

Last Thursday year 10 representatives attended the city schools

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Search for a Star Winner

A fantastic win for Daisy Pringle of Hislop House as she won the Search for a Star city final on Tuesday night.

Thornhill are no strangers to the competition with former winners being Ben Forster

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Hays Attendance award – February Winner

Many congratulations to kody Waterston of 11J1 who was the winner of our February Hays Travel award.

Almost 500 pupils had 100% for the full month of February which is excellent news. Kody wins

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The Race is on - "Be in Plenty for £20"


An update for week ending March 17th, Johnson House have stormed into the lead with 90% of their pupils with 100% attendance for that week. Miss Tench is delighted and has high hopes for

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Good news for year 6 pupils!

Congratulations and welcome to all year 6 pupils who have recently heard that they will be joining Thornhill for year 7 in September.

We are confident that you have made a very good choice and we

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Search for a Star 2017

Search for a Star 2017

6.30pm Wednesday 1st March

Thornhill's talent show Search for a Star is back again to find two talented students to represent our school at this year’s Area Grand Final

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Hays Travel Attendance Award

Congratulations to Amelia Shilling of year 11 who was the winner of our 100% attendance prize draw for the month of January. Brydon’s Head of House Mr Chalk presented Amelia with £30

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The Caring School

Thornhill School were congratulated for all of the charity work they have done over the years for Cancer Research UK.

We were joined by three members of the Cancer Research UK committee Sunderland:

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"Be In Plenty for Twenty"

Our new attendance reward scheme has started in earnest. Just like our pre-Christmas scheme, pupils will receive a raffle ticket every time they achieve 100% weekly attendance.

At the end of term

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Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day January 27th 2017 - Thornhill School

This week we reflect upon the events of the Holocaust and ensuing genocides. At Thornhill School we have had assemblies delivered to all

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Royal visit

Unknown to our parents and pupils who were taking part in our annual review day Thornhill School had a brief visit on Wednesday.

The Royal helicopter touched down on our all weather pitch as a

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Pupil Review Day

Thornhill’s annual pupil Review Day Wednesday 18th January 2017

 in the Main Hall

You and your son/daughter are required to attend this meeting as an important opportunity for you and

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Thornhill Christmas Concert

Thornhill Christmas Concert offers an evening of Christmas carols, Thornhill and Primary schools choirs, our traditional Staff Panto and Rock band, dancers, singers and a Brass Band to get you in the

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Awards Evening

Well done to the Thornhill School Class of 2016 who had their awards evening on Thursday night. It was great to see so many of you in attendance to pick up your certificates, prizes and

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Thornhill School Celebrates 50 Years

Thank you to the numerous past pupils and staff who joined us in our celebration.

The morning started with pupils receiving an engraved water bottle and cupcake sponsored by our FASTA (Friends and

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Children in Need 2016


Friday 18th November 2016

Staff and students can wear a spotty tie which can be the usual conventional tie or a dickie bow tie.  They can be homemade or shop

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National Anti-Bullying Week 2016

November 14th – 18th

As part of National Anti-Bullying week pupils will be involved in PDL discussion work regarding how best to combat bullying in Thornhill. Peer mentors will be working with

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£100 for 100% attendance - Be in it to win it

As part of our campaign to promote excellent school attendance we have just introduced our latest reward scheme ‘£100 for 100% - Be in it to win it.’

For every week of 100%

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Thornhill School 50th Anniversary

Thornhill is pleased to announce that they will have a Celebration day on 30th November 2016 for our 50th Anniversary.

There will be a balloon release at 2pm, with every pupil releasing a balloon

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Remembrance Day

Pupils and staff at Thornhill School pay their silent respect to the country’s war dead in the Remembrance Assemblies this week as well as pausing and reflecting during our period of silence on

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Kickboxing Success

Hislop House were represented in the Unified World Kickboxing championships during October half term. 7H1's Aaron Solomon represented England in Carrara Fiere Italy, putting in an outstanding

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One Voice Award Ceremony

Thornhill was proud to host Sunderland BME network 'one voice' award ceremony 2016 on the 26th October.  

Our main hall was the centre of the community as they gathered for this prestigious

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Journey to Justice Exhibition

Fantastic to see Thornhill pupils promoting the launch of the Journey to Justice Exhibition at the winter gardens (23.10.16). This traveling exhibition on the civil rights movement is in the winter

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Harvest Festival Fun

A great time was had by all at this year's Harvest Festival in which our pupils did their parents and school proud. The festival included some incredible performances by the school choir, Daisy

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Trampolining Success

Well done to Thornhill pupils who competed in the Sunderland School Games Competition and managed to qualified in these rounds.

Beginners KS3:- Ethan Hayley and Alex Lamb

Beginners KS4: -

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Sunderland Schools Games Swimming Gala


"Thornhill Pupils meeting (Left to Right) Josef Craig Bronze Medallist, Adam Taylor International Champion and Matt Wylie Gold Medallist at the Sunderland School Games Gala

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Thornhill Walk 2016

Well done to everyone who took part in this years sponsored walk.

Thornhill School have been raising funds for Cancer Research UK for the last 38 years undertaking a sponsored walk.

Once again,

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GCSE Results 2016

Thornhill is the Top Performing School in Sunderland – Again!

The new national headline results measure indicates that the academic progress of Thornhill’s pupils is the highest in the

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Open Day 2016


Our recent Open Day was a great success for everyone concerned. We were delighted to welcome increased numbers of visitors (hopefully an indication of another increase for Y7 pupil

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Pupils return to school Tuesday 6th September

All pupils return to school on Tuesday 6th September for the start of our 50th anniversary year.

Y7 and Y11 pupils start at 8:40am when the Y11 pupils will be participating in a study skills

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Thornhill visit to New York

As you read this Thornhill pupils will be returning from an amazing five days in New York.

The music department and Mrs LeRoy organised this visit to give pupils this once in a life time

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Flamingo Land Visit

Year 8 and 9 pupils have been involved in a visit to Flamingo Land with the Science Department this week.  

Pupils were involved in workshops where they reinforced what they have been

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Christmas 2016 holiday dates

Dear Parent/Carer

There has been discussion in many schools across the city regarding the Christmas holiday dates for 2016. Primary schools in particular are concerned that the holiday begins too

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Art Exhibition 2016

The Yearly Art Exhibition took place on Tuesday 21st June and was a great success.

Year 11 GCSE Art and Design students along with GCSE Graphic Communication students work was displayed for all to

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We Will Rock You - The hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton

Thornhill School along with Hudson Road Primary, Diamond Hall Juniors and Richard Avenue Primary School’s together starred in a wonderful production of the hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton

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Hannah and Sarah's Codex 1300 Contribution

Hannah Turnbull (8B1) and Sarah Sweeney (8H2) were the proud contributors of Thornhill’s entry into the magnificent Codex 1300 project that left St Peter’s Church in Monkwearmouth on June

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Animal Aid Visits Year 9 Pupils

Year 9 GCSE R.S. pupils were visited by Jim Fox, a representative of animal rights group Animal Aid who aim to raise awareness of and peacefully protest against animal cruelty issues by means of

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Hoax telephone call

You may have heard in the news this week there has been an orchestrated campaign of hoax threats attempting to cause disruption of schools during this important examination period. 


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Mayor’s visit to Thornhill’s School Council

Members of our school council recently held a breakfast meeting which was attended by our city’s Mayor and Mayoress , Barry Curran and his wife Carol.

In between croissants and coffee our

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Sunderland 10k & Half Marathon Helpers

Congratulations to our team of 18 volunteers who helped with the recent City of Sunderland 10K and Half Marathon Run.

This is the second year we have been asked to help with this event proving that

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NHS Careers Competiton Winners

For the second year in a row, Thornhill School has been named regional winners in the Step into the NHS Careers Competition.

This time, Rebecca Gilby and Sarah Sweeney both of 8H2, won with their

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Year 9 Parents Meeting

Year 9 Parents’ Meeting - Wednesday 4th May between 3:00pm and 6:30pm

The parents’ meeting is to discuss progress with subject teachers and to assist you in understanding what your child

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Year 8 Pathways Evening

Date change: This event has moved from the 11th May to the 8th June

The Parent & Pupil Pathways Briefing has been scheduled for Wednesday 8th June 2016. The evening will commence with a short

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Parental Survey Results 2016

Thank you to all parents and carers who spared the time to complete our parental survey back in January during Review Day.

We have recently received the final report from the research company

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Yr 8 Competition Winners

Year 8 pupils have been working with The Foundation of Light education programme for the last term.  They have been completing a wide range of activities which are submitted to gain

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World Maths Day Competition Winners

Thornhill Pupils Celebrate World Maths Day.

To celebrate World Maths Day on Wednesday 2nd March, we ran a school wide competition for all pupils to get involved. The competition required pupils to

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Early GCSE Success

Thornhill year 11 pupils experienced their first GCSE results event with pupils celebrating success as their early entry English Literature results were published.

Their confidence was boosted when

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World Maths Day

Thornhill Pupils Participate in World Maths Day.

World Maths Day is on Wednesday 2nd March.  To celebrate the event Thornhill School are holding a school wide competition for all pupils to get

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Search for a Star Final

Thornhill School saw a large audience entertained by 19 acts, who sang and danced in an attempt to win this years’ title of ‘ Search for a Star’.

Our three guest judges including

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Inspiring IIAG

Inspiring Information, Advice and Guidance

Thornhill School has been successful in achieving Stage 1 of Inspiring IIAG, a national quality award that is awarded to schools and colleges in

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Melissa Cavanagh returns to Thornhill

Melissa Cavanagh, current contestant of BBC's hit show The Voice returned to Thornhill school to inspire Year 11 in an assembly.

Melissa recalled her time at Thornhill and how she overcame her

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Holocaust Memorial Day January 27th 2016

At this time of year everyone at Thornhill reflects upon the events of the Holocaust and ensuing genocides. We strive to learn lessons from the past to help challenge prejudice and

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Woolly/Festive Jumpers

Friday 18th December 2015

Come to school in your Festive/Woolly jumper for only 50p


All donations raised will go to Age UK and Shelter


Here are just a few of some of the

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Christmas Concert 2015

The Thornhill Christmas Celebration Concert 2015

The festive spirit was flowing from last night’s Christmas Concert. Hosted by Mr Leadbeater the concert saw Thornhill pupils join forces with

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State of the City Debate

Sate of the City Debate – Civic Chambers

Sunderland Civic Centre Friday 27th 2015

Eight of our School council members represented Thornhill in a city wide youth debate last Friday. Set in the

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Teachers Got Talent 3

Teachers got talent 3 certainly entertained a strong main hall audience last night. Hosted by year 7 pupils Esne Green and Brooke Simmons the annual event was a great success with staff performing a

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I'm an Engineer 2015

‘I’m an Engineer – Get Me Out Of Here!’

28 Year 7 Thornhill students have been participating in ‘I’m an Engineer. Get me out of here!’ The event has taken

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Children In Need Inter House mastermind

There was strong competition between the representatives of each house in the special Children in Need mastermind competition.

The event was hosted by our very own Mr Salkeld. There were no

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Teachers Got Talent

Do not miss out on the talent search event of 2015

A rare chance to see the singing talents of Ellis, Willmore, Hinds, Poulton and Mrs Charlton and her amazing wonder dog Dougal!

Tickets for this

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Thornhill School Remembers

Pupils and staff at Thornhill School paid their silent respect to the country’s war dead in the Remembrance Assemblies this week as well as pausing and reflecting during our period of silence

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Harvest Festival Evening

On Wednesday 31st October, we celebrated our school Harvest Festival. Over the weeks leading up to the festival, pupils and staff had donated gifts of food to be distributed to Age UK Sunderland and

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Thornhill X-Factor

Thornhill X-Factor Talent Competition

Tuesday 6.30pm in the main hall

Over 50 people auditioned and 20 fantastic acts have made it through to tomorrow night’s Thornhill X-Factor final.


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Year 8 Disco

After the success of our year 7 disco it is the turn of year 8.

Make sure you don't miss out on this event as tickets will go fast. The DJ is booked, the tuck has been ordered lets disco on

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Premier League Trophy Visit

Barclays Premier League Trophy visits Thornhill School

The Barclays Premier League Trophy visited Thornhill School, Sunderland on Tuesday 20th October 2015 between 9am and 11am - giving football

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Alice is 150 Design competition winner

Alice is 150 - "Your Alice in Sunderland" Design Competition

A massive congratulations to Sarah Sweeney of 8H2 who has won the 12-17 year old category of this city wide art competiton.

Sarah has

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Harvest Festival 2015

Wednesday 21st October 2015

It is a great tradition  that all pupils attend with their parents or carers and of course the rest of the family is welcome too. Tickets are free and available from

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Battlefields 2015

Mr Bewick and 2 year 11 pupils Jack Miller and Claire Cowdery took part in a government scheme to commemorate the centenary of the 1st World War.

We visited the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme

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Year 7 Disco

Year 7 It's Disco Time

FASTA our enthusiastic PTA present a Year 7 Disco on Wednesday 7th October.

Tickets are available at only £1 from Hislop Study.

The DJ is booked, the tuck is ordered;

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Year 11 Parents Meeting

Year 11 Parents Meeting Wednesday 14th October between 3:00pm and 6:30pm.  All appointments will take place in the Thumbprint restaurant.

We have introduced an online appointment booking system

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Year 6 Parents/Carers

The deadline for parents/Carers to select their child’s secondary school is only a few weeks away, October 31st 2015.

We were delighted to welcome many families of year 6 pupils (and year 5!)

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Yr 10 & 11 Inter House Football

Congratulations to the Johnson House boys who won this year's '10 and 11 Inter House Football Tournament'.

Special mention goes to the year 11 players who have managed to win this trophy in

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Free Uniform Offer

As part of our 50 year celebrations in 2016, Thornhill School will be offering all new Year 7 starters a FREE UNIFORM (Blazer and badge, tie, jumper and trousers or skirt).

Once your child's place

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Open Day - Saturday Morning

Parents of Year 6 pupils will have received information from the authority regarding choosing their child’s future secondary school.

Year 5/6 children from our partner primary schools will

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Thornhill Walk

On Saturday 3rd October 2015 we held our annual sponsored walk from Seaburn to South Shields. This year we are once again going to try and raise money for Cancer Research UK which I hope you agree

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Reading Millionaires

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Many of our pupils have made exceptional progress on the ‘Accelerated Reader’ Programme, reading a phenomenal number of words and increasing their reading age in some cases by 3

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September 1st pupil starting times

All pupils return to school on Tuesday 1st September.

Year 7 pupils start at 10:30am to enable new pupils time to arrive and settle before the main body of pupils.

Year 11 pupils start at 10:50am

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GCSE Results 2015

A pleasing set of GCSE results which has consolidated a very positive position where all our pupils continue to make excellent progress.

Every pupil achieved a GCSE qualification and an outstanding

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Top School in Sunderland

Thornhill celebrates as the highest performing secondary school in the city 2015.

Pupils and staff are proud that this year’s government school league tables placed Thornhill in the top spot

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Morocco Blog

Day One

This morning we met at the school car park at 8:30am which was the very start of our trip. We went and took a group photo outside of school and then we went and said goodbye to our parents.

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Year 10 Summer Revision

Get Revising Year 10!

We all hope you enjoy the Summer Year 10 but….

We would like to provide a few guidelines for each subject to enable you get into a regular routine of study that ensures

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Thornhill Visit to Morocco

After catching a very early flight the team landed safe and well in Morocco a little tired but still smiling.

So far they have enjoyed playing football and rounders with children from the village

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Thornhill Pupils go to Nissan

16 Year 9 pupils have successfully taken part in the Nissan TRYZ Program.

This involved them completing a one day induction at Nissan, during which they met young graduates and apprentices from

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Class of 2015

Did you leave Thornhill School this year?

Don't want to forget the friends you made at school, take a look at your class of 2015

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Exhibition of Art

On Tuesday 16th June, Thornhill hosted it’s annual GCSE art exhibition. 

Featuring work by our talented Year 11 Art & Design and Graphic Communication students, the show consisted of

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Thornhill School Show

Thornhill presents Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat



Featuring Diamond Hall and Richard Avenue Junior Schools.

The show ran for 3 days and was a sell out on each night, a

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Mayor and Mayoress reception

Twenty of our year 10 pupils were delighted to accept an invitation to attend a thank you reception held at Sunderland Civic Centre yesterday evening.

The event was organised by Sunderland City

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Step into the NHS competition

Thornhill School were delighted to hear that a pupil from Thornhill School is the North East regional winner of the Step into the NHS national schools' competition. Saddath Islam of 8J2 impressed the

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Uniform Breaking News

I am pleased to inform you about final decisions and can now detail our new uniform which retains elements of our tradition, complemented by a modern, smart, style. However, before doing so, I wish

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Thornhill School celebrates VE Day

Year 9 pupils reunited with former pupil Kayley Ede to celebrate 70 years since the end of World War 2.

A small group of GCSE music pupils went to Barnes Court Care home to sing World War 2 songs to

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Anti-Bullying Award presentation

Winners of the Anti-Bullying Award -Thornhill School Peer Mentor Team

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Keep The Memory Alive

Tuesday 31st March was a very memorable day indeed for Thornhill School. In conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, 85 year old Holocaust survivor Mr Zigi Shipper

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Anti-Bullying Awards for Thornhill

JJ Robins 8B2 attended the Council Chambers on Friday 27th March to receive an Ipad from the Mayor as his prize for designing a logo for the Local Authority Anti-Bullying service in a competition in

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Sunderland Young Achievers' Awards 2015

Winners of the Anti-Bullying Award -Thornhill School Peer Mentor Team

This group was established in 1990 and has been an extremely successful project since then in terms of helping significant

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Foundation of Light Enterprise Core Programme

This term year 8 pupils had the fantastic opportunity to take part in a business and enterprise scheme provided by SAFC and Caterpillar Articulated Trucks. The project educated the pupils on various

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Invitation to parents

As a school we are honoured to host a special presentation on Tuesday March 31st 2015, 1:45pm - 3:00pm.

To help commemorate the '70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz', Holocaust survivor

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Safeguarding News

As part of our PDL programme, year 8 pupils recently watched a professional theatre group perfom 'Chelsea's Choice'.

This presentation was aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of sexual

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Eclipse 2015

Although a little cloudy staff and pupils enjoyed a great view of todays eclipse from the school yard.

This once-in-a-generation event saw more than 98 per cent of the sun covered by partial

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New Uniform Proposal

After almost 50 years we are proposing to modernise our school uniform. We would welcome any comments regarding the proposed change.

This proposal is in the early stages of planning but any changes

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9X1 Group Photo

I'm an Engineer Event

After the success of the on-line ‘I’m an Engineer. Get me out of here!’ event last year additional classes have participated in this year’s event. 30 of our Year 7 and 30 of

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Red Nose Day Netball

Male teachers challenged lady teachers to a netball match last Friday lunchtime with pupils paying 50p to watch the spectacle!

The ladies put up a brave fight (they have the bruises to prove it) but

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Ultimate Pi Day

Pi Day falls on March 14th every year and is celebrated around the world but for the first time in a century, the date of Pi Day will include the first five digits of Pi - 3/14/15.

If you want to

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MFL Booster Day

The languages department invited 17 pupils to participate in a MFL booster day where they were immersed in French for a day.

During the day the team from PET-Xi challenged our pupils to use their

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Year 10 Afternoon Tea

Thornhill's year 10 Hospitality group hosted an afternoon tea for invited guests. This is part ot their coursework and is worth 60% of their final grade.

They have to plan the theme, the menu,

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Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Award

In Anti-Bullying Week in November Mrs Greenfield nominated 28 peer mentors for the Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Award. All of the nominees were successful and 15 Year 11 and 13 Year 10 pupils will

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Berlin 2015

Yr 11 pupils have recently returned from the German capital where they experienced some memorable sights to last a lifetime.

They managed to fit so much into 4 days:

  • Tv Tower
  • Track
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Works Discovery Event

Claire Drysdale (Year 10) attended the Works Discovery event at the Stadium of Light on 21st Jan 2015. It was at this event where Inter-Link had an exhibition stand informing staff and pupils about

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JJ Robins

Anti-Bullying Competition

As part of Anti-bullying week in November a competition was launched throughout the Authority for any young person to design a logo or mascot for Sunderland Anti-Bullying Service.

Dorothy Maddison,

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Young Achievers Award

TARAH Thornhill Schools peer mentor group have been shortlisted for the Sunderland Young Achievers Awards in the Anti-bullying group category, we currently have 68 trained peer mentors in school.


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Working Lunches

Working Lunches

To help you to think about careers that you might be interested in, we have arranged a number of Working Lunches with local business people and employers.

These will be short talks

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Thornhill School will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Holocaust with a number of memorial assemblies.

Keep The Memory Alive

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Search for a Star 2015

We auditioned over 30 acts and in the final a total of 17 acts and groups performed in front of a packed audience in the main hall.

The show was compared by Thornhill pupils Owen Seafield &

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Lab Safety Poster Competition

Pupils have been working hard designing new Lab Safety posters, with the winning posters going up in the Science labs for all to see. Well done to everyone who took part!

Here are just a few of the

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Information Evening

Thankyou to the parents who attended the year 9/10 Parents Information Evening on Wednesday 21st January 2015, your interest and support is much appreciated.

The feedback from the evening was very

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Disco Time

Calling all year 9's 

FASTA our fantastic PTA are pleased to announce a Year 9 Disco!

Wednesday 11th February 2015

7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Main Hall

Tickets on sale now for only £1
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Year 9 & 10 Information Evening

Wednesday 21st January 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Tom Cowie Centre

Our year 9 and year 10 pupils are presently studying GCSE and BTEC courses. We would value the opportunity to talk to you about the important

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Year 8 Internal Examinations

Year 8 Examination Timetable 2015

The internal examinations will take place Monday 19th January - Friday 23rd January.

Monday 19th – Science period 2 & 3, French period 5

Tuesday 20th

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Review Day

Wednesday 14th January 2015

You and your son/daughter are invited to Thornhill's annual pupil review day. This is an important opportunity for you and your child to review their progress.

You are

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Christmas Fayre

FASTA our enterprising and enthusiastic PTA are running a small Christmas fayre before this year’s Christmas concert. 

Starting at 6pm you will have the opportunity to get those last

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Woolly Jumper Day

Friday 19th December

Woolly Jumper Day Website Banner

For only 50p come to school in your festive/winter themed woolly jumper!

All money raised will go to a great cause Help for Heroes
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Christmas Concert 2014

Christmas starts here!

Wednesday 17th December 

Main Hall 7pm

We are pleased to announce our annual christmas concert, come along and enjoy a festive musical treat!

Staff mini

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Walk a mile for Children in Need

Be a hero for Children in Need!

Walk a mile on Friday 14th November 1pm on the All weather pitch.

£1 entry 

Which tutor group will have the most participants?

Prize for the winning

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Thornhill picks up Second Equality Award


At a ceremony at Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel, Thornhill School were announced winners in the 2014 North East Equality

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Thornhill Remembers

2014 - One hundred years since the First World War started.

The events and impact of the First World War (1914-18) with the loss of millions of lives, and the damage through injury and loss to

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Beruce Khan returns to Thornhill

Thornhill recently welcomed back one of our past pupils, Beruce Khan who has found success as an actor. During his time with us, Beruce participated in many of our school productions and, after

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NASUWT Arts and Mind Award


Thornhill pupils are celebrating after their artwork was crowned a winner in the 2014 Arts & Minds competition organised by the NASUWT, the

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Primary News

Choosing your childs secondary school?

Thank you to families who attended our Open Day last month. We were pleased to meet you and to hear so many positive comments!

If you were unable to attend

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Free Your Feet - Walking Challenge

Year 7 & 8 pupils are taking part in the above challenge aimed to increase pupils fitness levels through increasing the time spent walking and also helping to ease traffic congestion in our

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The Truth About Derwent Hill

Now, to be honest, I am not really an outdoors-y type person. But I really, honestly loved Derwent Hill. Admittedly there were some moments where I thought, "Omigosh-omigosh-omigosh-omigosh! How am I

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Sponsored Walk


Due to the extremely poor weather forecast for tomorrow (Saturday 4th October) we are regrettably postponing our annual school walk until Saturday 18th October. We apologise for any

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European Day of Languages

Year's 7 and 8 have been having a change of language in MFL lessons today. 

Changing from French to Spanish and German!


In Spanish they were learning greetings and names

In German it was

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Year 7 School Disco

FASTA our fantastic PTA are pleased to announce a Year 7 Disco!

Disco and Games for only 50p

Year 7 Disco Banner


Wednesday 8th October 6-8pm

Tickets on sale now from Hislop study

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Open Day 20th September 2014

Are you considering your child's secondary school ?

Is your child in year 5 or 6?

Here at Thornhill we are very proud of our school and we would like you to visit in order to see why.


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Another great year for our GCSE students

Congratulations to our Year 11 pupils receiving their GCSE results.

Over 40% have achieved A/A* grades and a considerable number collecting ten or more A/A*'s. 

We are proud that every pupil

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Able & Talented

Several Yr 10 pupils from Thornhill took part in an event hosted by Durham University held on 28th June.

Pupils were able to get their hands on ancient artefacts, turn the pages of rare antique

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Summer Sports Update

Wearside Schools Year 7 Athletics Championship

Held at Thornhill as we are the only school with a 4oo metre track. Not quite as successful as last year and still awaiting results. However JJ Robins

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Summer Sports Report

Summer Sports Report


Both Yr 8 girls and Yr 9 girls entered the Sunderland Schools Games Rounders Festivals. Yr 8s played well ,with depleted numbers, but didn’t make the top three whilst the yr 9s

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Game set and match

Tennis Success

Safeenah Hussain and Darna Leng reached the semi finals of the yr 9 Sunderland Schools Tournament. Darna lost to St Anthonys No 1 seed but Safeenah beat St Anthonys No2  to reach the final. Over

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bastille day 2014

Bastille Day 2014

The MFL department recently held their annual Bastille Day event at Thornhill School. This year we were joined by Diamond Hall, Barnes and Richard Avenue Primary schools. Pupils joined in a variety

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I'm an Engineer

I'm an Engineer - Get me out of here!

Twenty Eight Year 9 pupils have been taking part in an on-line event called ‘I’m an Engineer. Get me out of here!’

The event took place over two weeks from 16th – 27th June,

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Mrs Bennett finale web

An Evening For Mrs Bennett

Stars pay tribute to their mentor 

The firmament descended on Thornhill school on July 9th to say goodbye to a star maker, when internationally famous musicians and actors mingled with former

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Beast and Hyde

David Hyde returns to Thornhill

“Beast and Hyde” Hyde being David Hyde former pupil and member of “The Futureheads” returned to Thornhill to shoot part of their new video.

The video is out mid July with the

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Grease promo

It's Electrifying!

Thursday is the final night for the School production of Grease.

The first two nights have gone down a storm with the audience, and tonight promises to be some finale. Doors open at 6.45pm and the

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The Big Bash

Summer Big Bash

Summer School comes to Thornhill School once again this year with the announcement of the 'Summer Big Bash'.

Taking place during the first week of the summer holidays (21st – 25th July), there

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Fifa Tournament


Football Fever continues at School with the first ever FIFA 14 XBOX World Cup.

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Grease tickets

Grease Tickets on Sale

Tickets are now available from the Music Room for the fantastic musical 'Grease'.

There are three dates to choose from, Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd July. Doors open at 6.45 for a 7pm

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Fun Day Poster 2014

F.A.S.T.A Fun Day

The F.A.S.T.A Thornhill Fun Day is back and it's better than ever!

Last year, the event was a fabulous success, and this year there's even more to enjoy, as part of this fantastic community

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Football least for Thornhill!

Before the World Cup begins, Thornhill Boys Year 9 team have been able to bring some positive football news to the school with their tremendous soccer success.

Guided by the ever resourceful Mr

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Connecting Classrooms

Continued Success for the Connecting Classrooms Project

The Connecting Classrooms Project funded by the British Council is continuing to support an innovative education programme led by Thornhill School.


The project, running since 2009, has

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New Head Boy & Girl Announced

The new School Head Boy and Head Girl have been selected for next term, as well as the Deputy Head boy and Girl.

Shopon Malik from 10J1 is the schools new Head Boy. Lucy Almond from 10B1 is our new

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Maths Challenge Spring 2014

UK Maths Challenge

57 year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the UK Maths Challenge which was held under exam conditions in the main hall on 1st May 2014. We received confirmation from the UK Mathematics Trust

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attendance winner Spring 2014

100% Attendance Winner

Kieran Spoors from Year 9 was awarded by Mrs Monte following his excellent attendance record at school this year. Kieran was one of a number of pupils who achieved 100% attendance this term, and was

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Netball Success

Year 9 girls excel

The Thornhill Yr 9 Girls Netball team performed heroics when they recently were Runners up in the Sunderland Schools Netball League.

This was yet another fantastic display of skill,

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GCSE Timetable

The 2014 GCSE timetable is now available, so you can check on the time and date of every exam you're entered for. It's available to download on the left hand side of this page

Good luck to all our

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Stacie Stewart

Stacie Stewart visits Thornhill

Sunderland baking sensation Stacie Stewart helped open the refurbished Food Technology Rooms at Thornhill on March 31st in the presence of The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, invited

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Year 9 Football Success

The Yr 9 boy’s school football team were joint league winners this season, sharing the title with St Aidan’s school. Their final game was actually a thrilling 2-2 draw with St

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Circus Skills at Thornhill

Circus Skills come to Thornhill

Enhance your Circus skills in this fun workshop. Learn about 
tightrope walking, hula hooping, poi and plate spinning. Watch juggling, 
mini bikes, unicycle, stilt walking, flower sticks and

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Summer Sports

Summer Sports Schedule


On return after the Easter holidays the emphasis changes from winter to summer sports, hopefully so will the weather!

Yr 7/8 girls and boys cricket will start on Wednesday

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olympic dreams

Olympic Dreams

During the Easter Holidays,  JJ Robins, a year 7 pupil took part in the National Schools Biathlon that was held at the Olympic Park in London.

Look out for an update on how he got on right here

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Pupils and parents can now access guidlines on cybersafety thanks to a new document recently published by Sunderland City Council. Any pupil or parent that has any questions relating to on-line

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easter club

Easter Holiday Club for Yr 4,5 & 6

FREE Easter Eggstraviganza For Years four , five and six pupils. Come to Thornhill and make new friends, meet new teachers and take part in a range of exciting activities.


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easter revision

Easter Revision Classes

Easter Revision School for Year 11 pupils

Three days from Monday 7th April to Wednesday 9th April

No uniform required!

A packed lunch is needed every day. Pupils should register in the restaurant

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Snack Attack

Snack Attack!

Pupils and their relatives are being invited to enroll in a 5 week cookery course that promises to be fun as well as informative.

Snack Attack! starts on Wednesday 30th April from 4-6pm, and

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Creativit-E Sponsored walk to Penshaw

Creativit-E Sponsored Walk

Members of Creativit-E have completed a 3 ½ mile sponsored walk around Penshaw Monument for Sports Relief. Year 10, 9 and 8 pupils completed the walk on 18th March, with the year 7's taking

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Sport Relief update 2

Sport Relief at Thornhill School

Saturday saw parents and prospective pupils of Thornhill visit the school to participate in some alternative activities in aid of Sport Relief. There were taster sessions in Kayaking, Zumba,

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Girls Sports Update

Sports Update

Yr 8 Girls Rugby League

Beaten but at the 5th attempt!

Thornhill have played Whitburn 4 times before last night drawing 1 and winning 3, but last night Whitburn had their revenge beating an

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Model Cell Design

Pupils in year 8 were recently involved in making a Model Cell during APP Science lessons.


Their task was to make a specialised model of a plant or animal cell using scientific detail to

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Strictly School Dancing Winners

Strictly School Dancing

Following the breathtaking Strictly School Dancing Event, held at lunchtime on Monday 24th March, four judges voted to award Mrs Crane and Mr Miller the Title 'Thornhill Winners 2014'.

There were 7

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Search for a Star 2014

Thornhill Stars

The Search for a Star City Finals, hosted by Monkwearmouth School, were held on Thursday 6th March, and they saw 15 acts compete in this Sunderland-wide talent show.

The standard was incredibly

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Tarah March 2014

New Recruits for T.A.R.A.H

T.A.R.A.H. (Thornhill Against Racism and Harassment) is the name of a group of pupils who are trained Peer Mentors in school who work to improve the Thornhill Experience for other pupils who may be

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Sports Report March 14

Sunderland Representatives

Thornhill School is celebrating yet another sporting accolade, this time the girl's Rugby Union and Rugby League Teams have been selected as Sunderland Representatives for the forthcoming Tyne &

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Berlin Trip

Berlin Visit

45 pupils and 6 staff members recently returned from a 4 day adventure to the German capital where they experienced some memorable sights and sounds to last a lifetime.

The group visited such

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Fantastic Sporting Event supporting Sports Relief

On Saturday 22nd March, Thornhill School is holding a very special sporting event for Primary School aged pupils to help celebrate Sport Relief 2014.

There will be several sporting activities to

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Review Day Success

Thornhill's Review Day proved to be a big success with parents and staff, with 89% of parents meeting staff members to discuss the progress of their child.

Whilst the Thumbprint Restaurant was

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Game, set and match!

Girls from Year 9 attended Sunderland Tennis Centre to help out with some Primary School tennis lessons.

There were different drills for the young pupils to try, including shuttles and short court

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Amazing Sporting Achievements

After comprehensive victories at the Sunderland Schools Basketball Championships Thornhill U14 Girls went on to represent Sunderland in the Tyne and Wear finals at City Space on Tuesday 28th

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Thornhill in Top 5 Performing Schools in Sunderland

School league tables confirm Thornhill in top five best performing secondary schools in Sunderland


Hot on the heels of record GCSE results the 2014 government school league tables place

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Swimming Gala Results

Brydon House Makes a Splash!

The recent Girls and Boys Swimming Gala's threw up some interesting results, with Brydon winning the overall league in the girls event, and Brydon and Hislop sharing top spot in the boys

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Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card

Pupils from Year 9 were recently invited to the Civic Centre in Sunderland to learn about the campaign to 'Show Racism The Red Card'.

Follwing the visit, our pupils wrote about the experience, and

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mean machine

Mean Machine snatch title

Yr 10 Football Team Mean Machine won an exciting final game to claim the Core PE Football League, following a nail-biting final win over Thornhill Top Dawgs.

After a couple of weeks delay due to

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Grease auditions up and away

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Korea comes to Thornhill

Thornhill School is delighted to welcome two visiting teachers from South Korea, who are enjoying a visit to England as part of an exchange programme that witnesses teachers from Thornhill visit

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Swimming Gala front page

Girls Swimming Gala set to make a splash

Thursday 16th January sees the return of the girls only swimming gala.

Competitors will battle it out over 16 events, with points awarded for results that go toward decided which house comes out on

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London Gallery visit

Portrait of the Artist

Mr Jones recently visited London to view his portrait hanging at The Mall Gallery, which featured as part of the Artist of the Year Competition Top 50 shortlisted works.

Mr Jones commented

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Grease Auditions begin

Auditions begin on Monday 13th January at 3.15pm in the Music Dept. All are welcome, it's going to be a cracker!

Listed below is a cast list, are you the one-that-we-want?


Danny Zuko -

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Spring Term dates

Spring Term Dates

The new term begins on Tuesday 7th January.

Please remember, if you’re absent for any reason, your parent/guardian must telephone the Absence Officer with information on the first day of

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Attendance prize winner

Winner of the 100% Attendance Competition for this term was Sarah-Jo Agar. Her name was drawn out of a hat that contained the names of all the pupils in the school who have achieved 100% attendance

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A-Ha! It's the Partridge.

The much coveted “Partridge in a Pear Tree trophy” was once again claimed by Johnson House. The annual Twelve Days of Christmas assembly, a highlight on the school calendar was a huge

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Life Visit

Science Explained at Life

Year 7 pupils enjoyed a visit to the Centre for Life on  Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th of December.

Pupils took part in some very interesting activities: they had a go at extracting some of

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Grease is the word

Grease is the word!

Could you be the next Danny or Sandy or maybe a T-Bird or a Pink Lady?

Auditions will be held in January for all cast members of the 2014 School Production of Grease.

If you think that you've got

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Mint Management Circus

Circus is Mint!

The Year 7 pupils ended the term in style when they were invited to enjoy a very special performance by Mint Management Circus, where they were enthralled by displays of juggling, stilt-walking, mime

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Cross Country


Thornhill Pupils performed with aplomb at the recent Cross Country finals held on the school site. Schools from across Sunderland sent teams to compete, and the Year 8 & 9 girls team wound up

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Interhouse Football Year 10

Inter House Year 10 Football Fever

There's a growing sense of excitement in Year 10 after three rounds of the interhouse football competition. After the compeition kicked off (with some interesting team names!) there have been some

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She Shoots She Scores!

The Thornhill Girls Basketball Team bounced their way to success against Farringdon and Kepier in the Under 14 recently.

They ran out convincing winners, with the scores being 22-6 against

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Christmas Concert ad

Christmas Concert Tickets

There's a special 'Taste of the West End' theme as part of the 2013 Thornhill School Christmas Concert.

This annual event is hotly anticipated each year, and 2013 is no exception, with a stellar

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beat the Rat Race

Pupils Practice their Patois

Pupils from Thornhill School in Sunderland unearthed the secrets of language success at a special conference held at Newcastle University by Routes into Languages on Wednesday 27th

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Sainbury's Sports front page image

A Super Market of Future Sports Stars

Thornhill School joins the Sainsbury's School Games!

Boys and Girls teams from Thornhill recently took part in the Regional Sainsbury's School Games, where the event consists of running , jumping

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Philippines Fundraising

STOP PRESS! The final total raised by Thornhill Pupils is a massive £529.43. Congratulations to all.

Kind hearted pupils at Thornhill School have dug deep to collect £390 in just 5

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School honours Remembrance Day

Pupils and staff observed a 2 minute silence at 11am today, honouring the dead of two World Wars and numerous conflicts where British and commonwealth troops have been killed.

The silence was

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Enterprise Festival

Enterprising Pupils Soar to Success

Thornhill Pupils starred in a recent Enterprise Day on Friday 18th October.

All Year 10 pupils were included and the event was developed and run by the Sunderland Education Business

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Supporting an Indian Orphanage

We recently were contacted by Jean Sandilands, a local lady who gives up lots of her free time to supporting an Indian orphanage call Shekinah House, based in India . She asked if the

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Portrait Support

Mr Jones has been shortlisted for the prestigious Artist of the Year 2013 award, held by Artisits & Illustrators magazine.

His entry is a portrait of his best friend Geoff, who he has known for

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Derwent Hill

Year 8 pupils from Thornhill School recently attended Derwent Hill near Keswick as part of Thornhill School's ambitious programme aimed at encouraging pupils to enjoy the great outdoors.


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Helping out at the Great North Run

Pupils from Thornhill School performed admirably when handing out refreshments as part of the support team at the Great North Run.

Pupils volunteered to help and gave up time on a Sunday, handing

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Strike Information

Several professional associations have announced a day of industrial action on Thursday 17th October, on this day Thornhill school will be unable to open to pupils.

On behalf of governors the

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Best Results Ever!!!

Congratulations to our successful pupils on their record breaking GCSE results this year.

93% of our young people achieved 5 or more (the large majority many more) GCSE high grades. 57% of those

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Athletics Success

The Year 7 Athletic Teams from Thornhill School performed outstandingly at the recent Sunderland Athletics Championships.


Overall, the girls team finished 2nd behind St Anthony's,

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Roaring Success

Big hearted Year 9 boys are raffling off a theme park win for the Help the Heroes charity. The six foot cuddle Tiger dubbed “Stocky”, after Mr Stockdale, who runs the famous Thornhill

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Inter-House Athletics

The 2013 inter house athletics finals saw the usual good natured rivalry between teams, and some excellent individual performances from the pupils representing the three houses - Brydon, Hislop and

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Triathlon Triumph

Another successful Triathlon was completed yesterday at Thornhill School, when athletes from the school and the local community strained sinnews to get pb's!

Look out for the results being tweeted

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We Will Rock You sensation!

Thornhill School's performance of the West End smash hit 'We Will Rock You" completed its 3 night run in some style by enrapturing the crowds who attended each performance.

The performance of the

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What a Great Day Out!

What a success!

The Thornhill Fun Day proved to be a smash hit with everyone who attended on Saturday. The weather was kind, and so were individuals and groups who helped out to make the event a

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Art Exhibition

Anticipation is building for the annual art exhibition to be held at Thornhill School on Tuesday 25th June at 6.30pm.

Artwork from Year 10 and 11 students will be on display, including film,

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We Will Rock You!

The smash hit musical 'We Will Rock You' will be brought to life by pupils from Thornhill School on Tuesday 2nd - Thursday 4th July.

The musical, written by Queen and Ben Elton, tells the

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Sunderland School Athletics

On 31st May the Sunderland Schools Athletic Championships were held at
Gateshead and the competitors had to perform in freezing wet and windy
conditions. The weather could not stop Thornhill pupils

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Thornhill Fun Day

Thornhill School's Fun Day is on Saturday 29th June, between noon and 3pm.

Look out for lots of fantastic activities for all the family, including a Climbing Wall, Nerf Shooting Range, Quad Bikes,

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All Rounders!

Schools from across Sunderland met at Thornhill School on Tuesday 30th April to take part in a rounders competition. The sun shone on an exciting competition that saw Thornhill, St.

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Rugby Success

Thornhill School recently succeeded in reaching the Year 9 Durham County Rugby Championships held at Bishop Auckland RFC. It was the third time in the last three years that the boys have represented

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FASTA presents Zumba!

Come along to a Zumba Class on Tuesday 30th April. The class begins at 6.45pm in our fantastic new Dance Studio. It's only £2 per pupil and £4 for others.

Everyone is welcome, and all

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Blue Peter Badges

Year 7's at Thornhill have achieved the ultimate badge of honour by receiving their very own Blue Peter badges! They wrote their own letters in a Learn to Learn lesson with their Head of House Mr

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Ben performs opening ceremony!

Ben Forster today revisted his old school to open the brand new Performing Arts Suite, along with a little help from current pupils at Thornhill.

Ben was delighted to return, and was impressed by

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School set to Rock again

Thornhill has a strong traditional of nurturing the performing arts, and 2013 is no different with the announcement that this year's stage production will be the hugely successful musical 'We Will

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Raising Standards

RAISE online, the Ofsted school evaluation website, provides interactive analysis of school and pupil performance data. Thornhill School received some excellent news from RAISE this term when it

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Going the Eggstra Mile!

Two Year 8 tutor groups continued their rivalry by competing for the coveted 'Golden Egg' design competition. Groups 8H1 and 8H2 whisked up a storm with some cracking Easter Egg designs.

For the

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Working Progress

Just before the end of term, Students from Year 10 honed their interview skills by attending mock interviews, managed by members of the Sunderland Education Business Partnership.

Students were

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We are the World

Sixty Year 5 pupils from Richard Avenue Primary School attended the 'We are the World' event on March 8th, where they experienced a day at Thornhill, enjoying vibrant lessons and developing a

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Information For Parents / Carers

For the next few months the a car equipped with a camera will be enforcing the parking restrictions around the school. The car is designed to stop people parking

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Win an IPAD mini

Do you want to be the envy of your friends?

Ipad Mini

Did you miss out at Christmas?

Do you still want to own the

latest in high end technology


If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes then

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Whistle Down the Wind

The tradition of producing stars of the stage has continued once again at Thornhill School. Last month Sunderland Minster came alive with a brilliant production of 'Whistle Down the Wind'.  A

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Christmas Concert - 7.30 p.m. Wednesday 19th December 2012

Tickets for our annual Christmas concert are now on sale at £3 from Mrs Bennett and Mr Leadbeater of the music department.  Always a great night of fun, be quick to get your tickets as

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Teachers Got talent Too!

Do you know how many talented teachers there are at Thornhill? Plenty in the classroom, but also on stage too!  This show based on the 'X factor' unearthed a multitude of talent including Miss

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Harvest Festival

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the recent Harvest Festival celebration.  The evening was a great success with Andy Ostensen of Youth for Christ as guest speaker, our Year 7 pupils

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Firework Safety

Mark Perry, Community firefighter and Education officer, recently visited Thornhill to deliver assemblies with an important message for all of our pupils. Along with two community police officers,

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A warm welcome to our Coffee Morning

If you are still deliberating about which school to send your child for their secondary education and would like to discuss or ask any questions about what Thornhill has to offer, you are welcome to

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Ex-Thornhill Pupils Become True Superstars

All at Thornhill were thrilled to welcome back ex-pupils Ben Forster and Michael Pickering this week as they visited the north-east on the latest leg of their Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. TV

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Open Evening Information

Calling all Year 5 and Year 6 pupils

If you missed our recent Open Evening and would like the opportunity to have a look at the superb facilities and discuss the great learning opportunities available at Thornhill, please contact Mrs

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Dreams come true for Superstars Ben and Michael

Congratulations to Ben Forster who will be playing Jesus and to Michael Pickering who will be playing Peter in the Andrew LLoyd Webber musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' Staff from Thornhill will be

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A VISION for Year 9 football team

Year 9 pupils Liam Waterson, Callum Head and Rob Slade were thrilled to recieve brand new strips for their football team.  Gareth Gaston from Visions teacher supply agency presented the strips

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2012 GCSE results

Staff and governors at Thornhill School wish to congratulate the class of 2012 for a year of excellent GCSE results.  Pupils scored an all time high with 95% achieving 5 or more GCSEs including

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Thornhill's very own 'SUPERSTAR'

Congratulations to ex pupil Ben Forster on becoming Andrew LLoyd Webber's new 'Jesus'.  Throughout his time at Thornhill Ben performed in many shows, taking the leading role in plays such as

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Vote for Ben

Congratulations to Thornhill's very own 'superstar' Ben Forster who is down to the final five contestants in the ITV show 'Superstar'.  Ben is the favourite of judge Mel C and Andrew LLoyd

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Thornhill's very own Superstar

Watch out for ex pupil Ben Forster on the new ITV show 'Superstar'.  Ben is one of the young men currently battling it out to win the leading role in Andrew LLoyd Webber's new production of

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The All New Thornhill Sponsored Walk is a great success

Pupils, teachers, parents, carers and friends of Thornhill took part in the All New Thornhill Sponsored Walk at 10 a.m. on Saturday 23rd of June 2012 to help raise funds for a great cause - Cancer
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A delicious way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee

Thornhill's FASTA group (PTA) and Mr Leadbeater came up with a very unusual challenge for our pupils.  This was to make a Union Jack out of cakes at the same time as raising money for

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You are welcome to take part in Thornhill's triathalon on Wednesday 4th July at 3 p.m.  If you can swim, run and cycle and enjoy a challenge, call the PE department for further details.

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Dates for your diary

*   14th May - 27th June  - GCSE’s start

*   Thursday 31st May - break up for half term

*   Friday 1st June -  Diamond Jubilee holiday


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Olympic Gymnast visits Thornhill

On Tuesday 20th March, Olympic gymnast Craig Heap visited Thornhill to deliver motivational assemblies to our Year 10 and 11 pupils.  Craig has worked as an Athlete Mentor for the Youth Sport

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"Be Our Guest"

Thornhill School proudly presents its amazing version of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'.  The production takes place on Tuesday 27th of March, Wednesday 28th March and Thursday 29th March at

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Thornhill helps to raise money for Cancer Research

TENS of thousands of pounds has been raised in Sunderland to help the ongoing fight against cancer.  Fund-raisers from the city branch handed over a cheque for £35,500 to Cancer Research

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GetSet Network and the 2012 Olympics

By joining the GetSet Network, Thornhill is reinforcing the message to our pupils and the community that this is Britain’s Games not just London’s!  Involving pupils in Olympic

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Talent Star

Thursday 2nd February was a brilliant night which showcased the fantastic talent of the pupils of Thornhill.  A full programme of entertainment was provided by singers, dancers and musicians

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European Day of Languages

Year 6 pupils from Barnes Junior, Diamond Hall, Hudson Road and Richard Avenue primary schools recently had a great day of fun filled languages at Thornhill.  The modern foreign languages

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Lionheart Challenge

Year 9 and Year 10 pupils completed a whole day activity where they were set a challenging concept to develop a business idea to meet a given brief.

The winning teams from Thornhill ‘s year 9

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Connecting Classrooms

Bangladesh School

Flying out of Newcastle on Friday morning was the start of a very long journey for the six representatives from schools in Sunderland and County Durham to Dhaka via Dubai. The flight was followed by

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Duke of Kent visits Thornhill

On 11th November, Armistice Day, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, visited Thornhill School and had a taster of many of the positive things going on here.

Inspired by the work of Mr Sheikh and

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2010 Arctic Expedition

In February 2010 a group of pupils travelled to the artic wastelands to discover an alternative environment to that commonly found in Sunderland.

With temperatures plummeting as low as -35 degrees

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