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.

‘Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodivergent people to fulfil their potential in life’

Our Core Values

Across the North East Autism Society, four core values underpin our practice:

  • to have our learners and those accessing our services at the heart of the organisation
  • to operate a fair, respectful and honest culture
  • to strive for the highest quality
  • to operate with integrity

In practice, we believe that ‘excellence’ for an autism-specific service stems from a total commitment to the individual. Recognised for our innovation and excellence, everything we do stems from an unswerving belief in providing bespoke person-centred support.

It’s at the heart of who we are to recognise the uniqueness of every human being, and to understand that no two autistic people, or in fact any humans within an understanding of neurodiversity, will have the same needs or wants.

We passionately believe that autistic children have significant skills and strengths, which can be developed throughout their lifetime.

Our approach aims to support individuals to participate in society as independent and valued citizens, enjoying equal rights and opportunities but also enriching the world around them.

Several key beliefs underpin our work and inform the decisions that we value in planning services.

  • Autistic people will continue to develop skills and strategies throughout their lives. As an organisation we can demonstrate positive outcomes for autistic children, young people and adults.
  • Autistic children and adults have significant strengths and can use these to continue to learn and develop skills that enable them to participate in society as independent and valued citizens, enjoying equal rights and opportunities.
  • We will further develop an eclectic and flexible approach utilising the unique personalised resources and approaches necessary to support the development of individual skills.
  • Through working alongside autistic children, young people and adults we will empower them to contribute and be consulted realistically on every aspect of their lives.
  • Consultation through listening to people who use the service and their representatives is key to effective and evolving services.

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