Sunderland school honoured for equality

Headteacher John Hallworth, centre, with staff, pupils and parents from Thornhill School achieving their latest award.

Headteacher John Hallworth, centre, with staff, pupils and parents from Thornhill School achieving their latest award.

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PUPILS and staff at a Wearside school are celebrating scooping their second award for equality work.

During a ceremony at Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel, Thornhill School was delighted to be announced winners in the 2014 North East Equality Awards.

They won the award for Educational and Training Organisations of more than 50 staff, only a week after their success in the national NASUWT Arts and Minds competition, aimed at promoting race equality and diversity in schools.

Headteacher John Hallworth said: “The equality work Thornhill is engaged in with its community, both locally and internationally, is close to our hearts.

“To win in the category which includes colleges, universities and large commercial training organisations, demonstrates the value with which people hold the projects undertaken here.”

Organisers of the awards, Equality North East, which promotes equality, said the high quality of applications submitted for this year’s awards made choosing the winners a difficult process.

This year is the 11th anniversary of the event, which had its first outing at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland in 2003, and the winners were chosen from a wide range of public, private and third-sector organisations shortlisted for their efforts in promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.

Andrea Johnson, head of operations at Equality North East, said: “These awards have helped to improve awareness of equality among companies, organisations, individuals and the communities in which they operate. We received a record-breaking number of applications of a very high standard. I would like to congratulate the winners and finalists and also thank all of our sponsors.”