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Thornhill College
142 Culmore Road, BT48 8JF, UK Londonderry
Tel. 02871 355800

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Thornhill College, Derry

Vision Statement

"Educating concerned, informed, adaptable members of the world community"

Thornhill College, Convent of Mercy Grammar School is an 11-18 girls' college with a student population of 1500 and a staff of 100 teachers. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1886, the college transferred to its present scenic surroundings, three miles north of the city of Derry in 1932. The present principal is
Ms Sarah Kelly.

The overall ethos of the school is one which promotes breadth of education and understanding in the pupils. It seeks to enable them to be compassionate, caring human beings with a sense of responsibility towards themselves and and also towards others.

Thornhill enjoys a fine reputation for academic excellence, and for involvement in various educational initiatives which leave the College well poised to face the new millennium. It has made its mark in many other fields, including those of music, drama and sport.

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Aims for the Pupils

Thornhill College aims to develop in its students:

  • a real awareness of their dignity as children of God and a caring Christian approach to life
  • high self esteem - respecting and valuing themselves and others
  • high standards of achievement in all areas of the curriculum
  • lively enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity
  • the ability to be self-motivated
  • the ability to communicate effectively using a variety of media
  • the ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • flexibility and adaptability in the world of work
  • understanding of their responsibility towards the environment
  • an appreciation of their cultural identity and the diversity and
  • interdependence of all people within the World Community


Mission for the School

In an atmosphere where staff feel valued and supported, we believe each student will achieve these aims through high quality provision of :

  • respect and support within the School Community
  • a rich and varied experience of Catholic faith and life
  • a broad and challenging curriculum
  • a stimulating learning environment
  • an innovative approach to teaching and learning
  • support, challenge and encouragement to succeed
  • an up-to-date range of learning resources
  • active partnerships between school, home and community
  • an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits
  • an acknowledgement of achievements

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