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 Bid for new build pays off

School leaders and staff are today celebrating the news at Thornhill Academy that the academy has been selected to be on the Government’s list to rebuild. Thornhill is one of 239 schools across the country to be chosen to be part of the School Rebuild Programme.


The good news comes after two years of the school and its trust – Consilium Academies – working hard to prepare their bid for government investment. This is all part of the Trust’s commitment to ensure all its schools are healthy places to learn and work.


Thornhill Academy was built in 1965 and has successfully served thousands of children in that time. After 57 years the school building is approaching the end of its life and will now be prioritised for a rebuild.


Consilium Academies has heavily invested in Thornhill’s building and facilities over the last two years ensuring it is fit for purpose for its students and staff. That investment will continue until the building is rebuilt, with a focus on teaching environments and interiors.


Sue Hamilton, Headteacher at Thornhill Academy, part of Consilium Academies, said: 

“We are delighted that our school has been prioritised as part of the School Rebuild Programme. I want to thank our colleagues in Consilium for continuing to invest in our current building as well as for all the hard work that has gone into this bid. We are hugely indebted to our building, which has educated and nurtured so many local children in the last 57 years. We look forward to this next chapter as we start work on improving our building and facilities.” 

David Clayton, Chief Executive at Consilium Academies, said:

“This is fantastic news for our students, staff, families, and Thornhill’s entire community that will help it continue to go from strength to strength. I am thrilled that the huge amount of hard work and dedication that our estates team has put into this bid has paid off.


“Our aim is to have the right places for the right time for our students and staff. The environment that our children learn in can unlock an excellent education in a place of safety. It is also essential that we create healthy places to allow our people to work at their best. This successful bid will enable us to carry out our estates vision at Thornhill, which will be hugely beneficial to all who learn and work there for decades to come.”