In July, Leeds Bradford airport hosted an Airline Masterclass for the regional Young Enterprise scheme, to inspire future generations about working in the aviation and travel industry.
More than 100 students, from nine schools and colleges across Yorkshire and Humber, were set a two-hour task focusing on aviation business skills. Thornhill Community finished as regional runner-up
Kayley Worsley, PR and Public Affairs Manager at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “The finalists put so much thought and effort into the day and should be really proud of their achievements. They presented brilliant ideas, which will certainly give us food for thought. It’s really important to us to inspire and share knowledge with future generations and so we’re pleased to be able to support Young Enterprise in this way.” Students won a tour of the airport.
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Thornhill Community Academy has been awarded the prestigious Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Cultural Diversity Quality Standard (CDQS) Gold Award, for its work in supporting cultural diversity and equality across the curriculum and in all areas of school life.
The coveted Gold Award recognises and celebrates the excellent work carried out to ensure a culturally inclusive environment within the Academy. This is promoted through achievement, curriculum, ethos, parental and community involvement, and staff and governor training.
Highlights of the report cite:
“The culture and climate of the school is extremely positive and it is clear that all staff do their uppermost to ensure all students achieve their very best.”
“The school was able to describe how cultural diversity and equality issues are built into and demonstrated through all curriculum areas.”
“The school was able to point to a huge range of interventions for students to help boost their attainment.”
“Work with parents at Thornhill Community Academy is comprehensive. The school understands that partnership with parents and families is extremely important if the students are going to achieve their very best.”
“The collective approach to continuous improvement is reaping massive rewards.”
The Gold Award is a fantastic accolade which not only reflects the exceptional work of the Academy but also highlights our commitment to ensuring all students have access to a high-quality education and countless enrichment opportunities preparing them well for life in modern Britain.
Thornhill Community Academy has been awarded the C and K Careers Quality Standard, highlighting the outstanding work undertaken by the Academy, showcasing best practice in careers. This is a nationally recognised award given to schools and recognises the long term commitment to providing the very highest quality careers education, advice and guidance (CEIAG). The award also demonstrates the Academy’s continued commitment to meeting Ofsted and national standards.
To achieve the award, first a portfolio of evidence was submitted to the assessors, followed by an in-depth audit and on-site assessment. The process involved interviews and activities with a number of staff and students, in order to assess their awareness of career opportunities and preparation for further education, university and future employment.
The report highlighted the Academy’s close relationship and links with local businesses, education providers and training providers which has been developed over a number of years.
This award showcases the Academy’s continued dedication and commitment to offering a personalised and comprehensive careers programme, providing strong foundations of support and guidance to students as they prepare for a future after the Academy.
We are very proud indeed to have been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Award in acknowledgement of our inclusive practice. An inclusive school is one in which the teaching and learning, achievements and well-being of every young person matters, and where students of all abilities achieve their full potential.
The Academy has been awarded outstanding in this area. Highlights of the report include:
“Thornhill Community Academy is outstanding in its commitment to the inclusion agenda. It is an Academy in which the Every Child Matters Agenda impacts upon all that it does. It is highly respected by all who come into contact with it, be they student, parent or community partner.”
“Its transition arrangements are excellent and ensure that integration in the new learning community is a smooth and harmonious one.”
“Across the Academy there is a relentless drive to further improve the highest levels of achievement within a cohesive and inclusive learning community.”
The Academy is very proud to have been awarded the BIG Award for outstanding anti-bullying practice. This award is attained through the Bullying Intervention Group (BIG), a national organisation which works with schools, to promote excellence in bullying intervention.
The BIG Award is the highest accolade given to a UK school for its work to tackle bullying. It demonstrates that the Academy has a clear understanding of what bullying is and how to prevent it, this includes teachers, staff, governors, parents and students.
To achieve the award, the Academy demonstrated that we are working to an externally agreed standard, have consistent good practice, and fully tailor our bullying intervention work to suit the Academy needs, ensuring that every child is able to fulfil their educational potential without fear of being bullied.
Further to this, students have taken a lead on many initiatives, by training to become Peer Mentors. The Academy’s Peer Mentors are qualified to listen to students and help them to find their way through difficult issues. They have been trained to deal with any issue sensitively, to look out for signs of bullying and to know when it is essential to refer problems to an adult.