Thornhill Park School

Thornhill Park School is an independent specialist school based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear for pupils aged 4-19


Our mission is to work together inspiring, supporting, celebrating and equipping autistic and neurodiverse children, young people and adults.

The school is proud to have a long-standing, well-integrated student council where our learners are supported by specialist staff to aid effective communication and decision making. Our Learner Voice surveys and tutorials help influence organisation, development and quality improvement. They also effectively demonstrate that the views of all learners are collected and acted upon. A wide range of strategies are employed to gather learners’ views including satisfaction surveys, student council, talking mats, PCLPs, input from speech and language therapists, student representatives. Input from communication champions ensure that learners are supported with appropriate high and / or low tech AAC aids and strategies. This approach helps students with varying levels of communication to express themselves in relation to operational and strategic issues by increasing their ability to use a range of communication strategies.

Learner Survey Results 2018 - 2019 (Post 14)

Learner Survey Results 2018 - 2019 (Pre 14)

Our publications 

February 2021:

School Newspaper

January 2021: 

Class 2 Newspaper 

Newsletter