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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Primary Partnership Programme

Our partner primary schools are:

Barnes Infant Academy

Barnes Junior School

Broadway Junior School

Diamond Hall Infant Academy

Diamond Hall Junior Academy

Hudson Road Primary School

Richard Avenue Primary School

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 in Thornhill, 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 close collaboration with primary staff and parents to ensure that we achieve our aim.  We pride ourselves in the care shown to pupils and this care begins even before children join us.  This means we get to know pupils (and many parents) before they become part of the Thornhill family so that 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 academic year 2017-2018 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 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 art work produced by pupils on these days.

Year 4 pupils visited us for Bastille Day celebrations in July, whereby they got to learn all about the history of Bastille Day, play French boule and speaking in French, 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 see a number of Broadway pupils choose Thornhill as their preferred secondary school.

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!

Personal Testimony by Megan Tucker,

Ex Deputy Head Girl

Hi, my name is Megan Tucker.

I am a former pupil at Thornhill Academy and played many roles within Thornhill including the position of Deputy Head Girl.

As Deputy Head Girl I was able to present new ideas to the school community from the help of pupils.  These ideas included new toilets and fundraisers for a great charity such as The Salvation Army for whom we raised over £150.

I was also actively  involved in our school peer mentor programme which allows our mentor pupils to help new year 7’s to Thornhill Academy feel welcome by holding one to one sessions, visiting tutor groups and being involved in group events or activities involving both new and present pupils of Thornhill.  I was also able to be involved in the training of our peer mentors to the best of their ability as they were able to receive the Princess Diana Award for anti-bullying.

When I first started Thornhill I instantly thought I wouldn’t fit in and wouldn’t achieve much.  However being at Thornhill I have achieved so much in my lessons, skill development and my love of sport where I was able to captain Thornhill’s netball team for 5 years.  However I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the help of Thornhill staff and their support.

For me Thornhill is a welcoming place to be, which allows pupils of all abilities to achieve so much, as my experience at Thornhill led me to achieve a grade 6 in English which is equivalent to the old GCSE high B low A grade.  I never thought this would be possible as I started Thornhill on primary grades 2A for all of my subjects.  When I first started Thornhill I never dreamt of achieving a grade as good as I got for English or my other subjects but with the help of Thornhill I am now one of the top 5 pupils to improve so much in my grades over my 5 years at Thornhill.

Now I am studying at Sunderland City Campus and following a course in travel and tourism which will help me progress to my dream career.  However, again this wouldn’t have been possible without the support throughout the school.

Overall I believe Thornhill is a hardworking school whether that is the staff or more importantly the pupils, and now that I am no longer a pupil they still welcome me with open arms and still support me and my career.

Now it’s time for your child’s turn to allow Thornhill to present new skills and learning opportunities so he/she can become the best they can possibly be.

Thank you for reading (listening)