Schools from across the region have taken part in a number-crunching competition alongside experts from ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) in a unique event organised by Stockton Sixth Form College.
Here 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.
On the 7th of July former Year 11 students successfully completed the “VENTURE programme” in association with Stockton Borough Council. The programme was designed to assist young individuals develop a career portfolio for their journey into the working environment.
“It was very informative, learning about different skills and how to build my career portfolio for job interviews” (Calum Thomas)
Congratulations to the following students who achieved Leve1 of the One Awards in Skills Training and Personal Development; Abdhul Kohal, Calum Thomas, Chloe Frater, Courtney Lightfoot, Jack Dyer, Jade Earl, Jordan Hill and Shannon Colligan
“The course has improved my confidence, especially in preparation for interviews and I now know the difference between a skill and a quality.”(Jack Dyer)
Students were rewarded with a £50 voucher and the opportunity to participate in a x2 night residential in August at the Kingswood Centre, Hexham. The centre will encourage and develop their enterprise skills through Outdoor Ed. activities.
“I definitely improved my enterprise and employability skills, as well as making new friends (Abdul Khokhar)
Monday 30th June saw the annual Year 11 Leavers’ Prom take place at Crathorne Hall for the Class of 2014, in which the Year 11 students celebrated their five years at the Academy. The evening started impressively with students arriving in a vast array of different vehicles, cheered on by a number of friends and family; the boys looked sharp and cool in their suits and the girls looked stunning and glamorous in their dresses.
Crathorne Hall hosted a fantastic evening. Students arrived to a drinks reception, which was followed by a lovely buffet, balloon release, magician, novelty photobooth and a disco ended the evening. The event was a great way for staff and students alike to mark the end of Year 11 students’ time at the Academy. A wonderful night was had by all and great memories were made.
Some lucky year 8, year 9 and year 10 students got to experience some hands on Geography last week. They were involved in workshops where we related Geography to real life. The sessions were delivered by two Geography University students. They explained their experiences of studying Geography at University and talked us through some of the amazing places they had visited as a result.
Students were busy reading newspapers in the sessions and made geographical features from play dough. We also looked at the Geography of a pencil….such a simple object needs so many components from all around the world but yet we can buy for less than 5p, crazy! We were all given an ‘I love Geography pencil’ at the end for all our hard work and effort.
On Friday the 4th of July 2014 Middlesbrough Football Club Enterprise Academy delivered a workshop that was designed to build on the Beta Skills of our Year 11 students. Self-esteem, confidence, personal awareness, working with others and an increased awareness of the world of Business and Enterprise were the key skills developed during the workshop.
Using their financial knowledge, developed from the previous day’s Money BNK workshop, students had to purchase resources using a limited budget in order to design and create t-shirts for sale. The group who made the most amount of profit was crowned the overall Enterprise Champion; congratulations to Charlie Wilson, Lewis Strange, Kieran Downs and Jon Parker.
“The workshop was really challenging as we only had a limited amount of money to buy our resources, like scissors and card, but we worked as a team to prioritise what resources were needed for the task” (Jacob).
On Thursday the 3rd of July 2014 My BNK delivered Money Twist, a workshop covering practical and relevant everyday financial matters to our Year 11 students.
The Money Twist workshop focused on ‘my choices’ and approached financial capability in a hands-on manner as students debated, played games, watched video case studies and enjoyed physical activities in their learning. Students were encouraged to give their own views and critically analyse various financial problems which people are faced with, as well as considering their own financial futures.
The workshop really got our Year 11 students thinking about their finances;
“I have an understanding about the difference of a want and need, which will make me think twice when spending my pocket money” (Ryan).
“Today’s session has been really fun and I now know what a pension is!!” (Courtney).
On Wednesday the 25th of June we welcomed potential Post 16 students into the Academy to experience a BTEC Level 3 Music Taster session. The session was led by P. Ainsworth who will co-deliver the course, alongside Stockton Sixth Form College, in September 2014.
The students were extremely impressed with the Imac suites, which feature the latest ICT equipment and technology, as well as the impressive learning facilities;
“I did not realise how good Thornaby Academy was and the equipment it had!” (Michael Daley, Our Lady and St. Bede School)
Students were enthused with their practical group ensemble session, in which they learnt to play and perform Samba rhythms. Students then split into two groups composing and performing their own Samba rhythms in a very inspiring manner;
“The staff were friendly and the taster session was fun! I enjoyed playing the drums.” (Luke Smith, Ian Ramsey School)