Thornhill Community Academy, with 741 students on roll, is a smaller than average secondary school. The conversion to academy status was made possible having secured a “Good” grading in the 2010 OFSTED inspection and having since maintained and improved key headline figures. Conversion took place on 1st December 2012. At 46.2%, there is a smaller than average percentage of students who are girls. More students than average are entitled to FSM. An increasing percentage of students are from minority ethnic groups and whose first language is not or not believed to be English.
9.4% of students are supported at School Action; the percentage of students supported by School Action Plus or with a statement of SEN is around the national average. As a result of recent successes, the Academy has also joined other key partnerships with a view to securing improved outcomes over time, amongst which the Minsthorpe Consortium (with Edge Hill University) and the Pennine Teaching Alliance (Moorend Academy SCITT and Schools Direct). Trainee teachers will experience the key focus of change to the Inclusion agenda. Student Services will be rehoused, partly to accommodate the newly-created authority-wide ASD provision, but also to ensure a “base” approach to student pastoral support.