Talented pupils make a splash with their artwork

Thornhill School GCSE pupils Art Exhibition.'Holly Kilners, 16, with one of her pieces of work.
Thornhill School GCSE pupils Art Exhibition.'Holly Kilners, 16, with one of her pieces of work.
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ARTWORK created by Sunderland school pupils has been highly praised by exam chiefs.

The Year 10 and 11 pupils at Thornhill School have impressed the GCSE exam body, AQA, so much, they plan to use it in teacher training.

Thornhill School GCSE pupils Art Exhibition.'Ella Barnes, 16, with her "Self View"

Thornhill School GCSE pupils Art Exhibition.'Ella Barnes, 16, with her "Self View"

Liz Cross, director of learning for art at the Thornholme Road school, said: “The work is getting better and better, year in, year out.

“The students invest so much time and effort into their artwork and they really deserve their excellent results. The standards across the board are remarkable and are reflected in the positive praise received from the AQA.”

Steve Wells, the chief moderator at AQA, said: “The work is so good the AQA would like to use it to train teachers.

“The artwork at Thornhill stands as one of, if not the best in the whole region. The CJO Graphic Communication work is excellent and the Year 10 work is excellent, certainly on par with professional standards.”

Katherine Monte, head of school at Thornhill, said: “There has been an enormous amount of work and effort made by our pupils, particularly during this year, to ensure they will achieve the success and rewards they deserve.”

The young people held a special exhibition in the school’s Tom Cowie Business Centre to show off their art work to family and friends. The work on display included film, photography, graphic design, painting, sculpture and drawings.

Thornhill also invited the children from feeder primary schools, Barnes Junior School and Richard Avenue Primary School, to display their artwork at the exhibition.