Welcome from Principal Maryssa O’Connor

IMG_9774Here at Thornaby Academy we aim to provide an exciting and inspirational environment for young people to learn and succeed. The staff at the Academy work closely as a team to support and guide our young people as they experience a diverse and challenging curriculum which will provide them with every opportunity to achieve their personal best.

Students at Thornaby Academy are at the centre of a community which includes the support of our lead sponsor, Teesside University and co-sponsors, Stockton Sixth Form College, Stockton Riverside College and Stockton Borough Council.

Together the sponsors and the Academy maintain five core values:

  • To seek excellence and the achievement of the highest educational standards for all students.
  • To provide opportunity and raise students’ aspirations.
  • To gain respect and achieve inclusivity for all members of the Academy community.
  • To empower students as learners and teachers as professionals.
  • To work in partnership with local schools and organisations.

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Sky Sports Mentor ‘Amanda Coulson’ visits TA sport leaders

Last week the Sports Leaders were lucky enough to spend the day with Olympic Boxer Amanda Coulson. She taught them the 6 keys to success and helped them plan and deliver a KS2 primary school session on the afternoon to students of Harewood Primary.

Amanda’s story was so inspirational’ (Chloe Reynolds, Y10)

We are in our fourth year partnership with the Sky Sports Mentor program and looking forward to next years visit already.


U13 Girls Cricket team

The U13 girls cricket team competed at the indoor regional finals for the Lord Taverner’s cup today in Durham. The girls beat Staindrop and Ferryhill to secure 1st position in their group, gaining a place in the semi-finals.

The girls fought hard during the semi-final but unfortunately lost against Hetton School  who were the over all winners of the competition. They had to remain focused and motivated to play against Durham Johnston for the 3rd/4th play off and even though they played very well they lost in the final over.

The girls came 4th in the competition which is a fantastic achievement and gives them a head start ready for the up and coming summer season.  Well played girls!


Lana and Sophie batting well against Hetton in the semi-final


Sosan bowling during the 3rd/4th position play off v Durham Johnston.


The U13 Girls Cricket team

Royal Marines Visit

Some of our Year 10 and 11 students had the opportunity to listen to a presentation on becoming a Royal Marine or any of the Armed Forces. Follow by an hours physical training where they were put through their paces.

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Sky Sports Mentor visits PE

Amanda Coulson (GB Boxing star) visited the Academy on Tuesday 20th January to deliver two boxing fitness sessions to Y9 students in the afternoon.

Students had a great time and learnt new skills in a sport they do not usually have access to within the curriculum.

“It was a really good experience to work with a professional Athlete, she got us moving around and taught us new skills”

IMG_9984 Larissa Hulme

Year 8 and Year 9 Visit Teesside University for a Motivational Experience

Working as a team in designing and creating their University

Working as a team in designing and creating their University

On Wednesday the 14th and Wednesday 21st of January all Year  8 and Year 9 students had the opportunity to attend an exciting  and engaging motivational day at Teesside University.

The motivational visit was designed to help raise student  aspirations. Students worked in groups, alongside Teesside  University Student Ambassadors on a variety of team building  activities that included an orientation task, University quiz,  designing and creating their own University, developing and  presenting their ideas for a new Music Festival.

These activities really helped to improve student’s enterprise skills, in particular their self-confidence, teamwork and presentation skills.

Many thanks to Teesside University for hosting these fantastic events.

Year 7 and 8 Parent consultation evening

It was fantastic to see so many parents on Monday evening at our consultation night. The conversation between parents, teachers and students is very important in ensuring the Academy fully supports and challenges your children to achieve their best.  Thank you to all parents who completed the survey at the end of the night, this provides us with information of what is going well and how we can continue to improve. Some key features of the survey results are as follows:

· Over 90% of parents agree that their children are enjoying their time at the Academy, feel safe and make progress

· Over 90%of parents are happy with rewards, enrichment and the range of subjects in the curriculum

· Over 90% of parents agree that the Academy is caring, friendly, well led, organised and supported their children when moving from primary school

· 98% of parents now agree that homework is good – ‘Show My Homework’ online is proving to be popular!

· 90% of parents agree that behaviour is good and concerns are dealt with quickly and effectively

It’s great to see that so many parents think we are doing a good job and your feedback is appreciated

Maryssa O’Connor

Y10 Football v Northfield School

The Y10 boys football team finally got to play their game against Northfield school (away) last night. Due to poor weather conditions and lighting issues, the game had to be rearranged twice.

The game was played on Northfield’s grass floodlit pitch in cold windy conditions. The boys were playing against the wind in the first half, TA went in at half time 4-0 down, all goals coming in the last 11 minutes of the half.

After 17 minutes of the second half, TA had brought the score back to 4-4. Unfortunately, Northfield scored 3 quick breakaway goals towards the end of the game making it a 4-7 defeat for TA.

Goals from J. Richards, J. Harding and A. Smith (2)

Squad: J.Richards (Capt), J.Harding, D.Fish, A.Smith, D.Willson, J.Tinston, E.Homer, A.Ahmed, J.Laurence, S.Hussain, B.Mead, L.Cooke, G.Singh, B.Boyes, T.Kier and T.Fletcher

Thornaby Academy Sports Centre

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