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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Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Competition

Yr9 Business team working with their assigned mentor, former Thornaby Academy student Connor Chambers

Yr9 Business team working with their assigned mentor, former Thornaby Academy student Connor Chambers

On the 3rd of June 2015 two teams of Thornaby Academy students participated in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) competition, at Stockton Sixth Form College. Competing against fourteen other schools within Stockton Borough-on-Tees, students were briefed and given a case study relating to the sale of Smoothies. Working together as a team students had to analyse figures, make informed decisions and deliver their recommendations to the ICAEW panel of judges in the form of a presentation.

Two former Thornaby Academy students, Gurpeet Singh and Connor Chambers, were assigned as group Mentors. Their role was to help facilitate the challenge and generate ideas. Gurpreet stated “I really enjoyed my role in helping the students develop their business ideas, whilst reassuring them in the delivery of their presentation.”

Well done to the Year 9 team Jack Griffiths, Reece Clay, Safiya Munir, Hansa Akhtar, Cheslea Basford and Ellie Barker who were the youngest team participating at the competition, in addition to the Year 10 team Charlie Campell, Liam Rye, Adam Green, Luke Marsden and Gurpreet Singh all of whom received certificates of participation.

Enrichment Week 2015

At the end of the Summer Term we will once again be holding an Enrichment Week for all students.  This will take place from Wednesday 15th July to Friday 17th July with a variety of trips and activities planned for the Thursday and Friday.  On the Wednesday we will have a whole school sports day and celebration assemblies to end the year.

During Enrichment Week the normal timetable will be suspended and students will choose from a range of activities that are not part of the normal curriculum.  The Enrichment Week Brochure contains details of the activities available.  Students can of course choose free activities or they can use their Vivo’s to pay for the trips if they have earned enough.

The online form will go live at 2.45pm on Monday 8th June and will close at 9pm on Wednesday 10th June.  Students can access this from home or using the computers in the OLC at the usual times.

Click on the links below…..

Enrichment Week Brochure 2015

Online Choices Form

Enrichment Week Letter


Y5/6 Primary Athletics Festival

On Thursday 21st May, students from the feeder primary schools competed in the Athletics competition

Congratulations to students from Harewood and Village for successfully gaining places in the TA cluster team. These students will compete at the Stockton finals on Wednesday 10th June at Middlesbrough Sports Village.

Thank you to the Y9 and Y10 Sports Leaders who helped organise and run the event.

U13 Stockton Schools Cricket tournament

Today, 15 students ventured to Billingham Cricket Club to take part in the Stockton Schools U13 Girls Cricket tournament. The girls were split into two teams (Year 7 and Year 8).

The Year 7 students learnt a lot from their first cricket tournament experience whilst the Y8’s were more successful in coming 4th in the competition.

Year 8 Girls Cricket team

Year 8 Girls Cricket team (2015)

Year 7 Girls Cricket team (2015)

Year 7 Girls Cricket team (2015)

Stockton District Athletics Championships

Students ranging from Y7-Y10 travelled to Middlesbrough Sports Village on Tuesday 19th May to compete in the annual Stockton District Athletics competition.

The weather was terrible throughout the day but the students battled through and enjoyed every minute.

Individual successes came from the following students:

Bradley Boyes (Y10) – 1st in the High Jump

Jordan Richards (Y10) – 2nd in the 1500m



Next Generation ExpoTees Competition and the ExpoTees Exhibition, Teesside University

Next Generation ExpoTees Competition "An Interactive Hologram"

Next Generation ExpoTees Competition, Teesside University “An Interactive Hologram”

On Wednesday 6th of May four Thornaby Academy students participated in the Next Generation ExpoTees Competition at Teesside University, entitled ‘Education for My Generation’. Jake Gray, Cameron Scott, Shane Campbell and Curtis Campbell decided as a team how they could use computing technology to teach their chosen subject. They prepared their exhibition area, displaying posters and an interactive PowerPoint presentation, which was judged by Teesside University staff and final year ExpoTees exhibitors. Although the boys did not win the competition the School of Computing’s academic staff stated how impressed they were with the “quality of work, confidence, knowledge and enthusiasm” of those students at Thornaby Academy!!


ExpoTees Exibition, Teesside University

On Thursday 14th May Year 9 Roseberry classes descended on ExpoTees, an annual event showcasing Undergraduate talent within the School of Computing at Teesside University. It was an exciting and highly interactive exhibition, in which Thornaby Academy students benefited from learning the different pathways into emerging technology in computer science, digital media and web, games and animation.  Our students had the opportunity to meet the Undergraduates joining industry this year and spoke with them regarding their projects, viewed their portfolios and listened to their ideas.

Stockton School Games 2015

Yesterday, a bus full of keen students ranging from Y7-Y10 travelled to Northfield School, Marsh House to complete in the annual Stockton School Games event.

Y7’s competed in Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball

Y8’s competed in Cycling

Y10’s competed in Volleyball

The Y8 boys were very successful in the cycling event, coming 2nd overall. Well done to Brandon, Callum, Kyle and Lovepreet for their great success.

Y8 Boys cycling team 2015

Y8 Boys cycling team 2015

Year 10 Spring Academy Programme at Durham University

Durham-1Two of Thornaby Academy’s Year 10 students, Melisssa Parkes and Gurpreet Singh successfully applied to undertake the Year 10 Spring Academy Programme at Durham University.

This was a fantastic residential opportunity for our talented students. The students resided at one of Durham University’s colleges and gained experience of student life, as well as targeted sessions on key topics for their year group.

The students chose taster sessions in Anthropology, English and Geology, as well as participating in an ‘Entrepreneurial Enrichment’, in which they designed and pitched ideas for a new app. and ‘Learning the Basics of Italian Enrichment. ’

The students thoroughly enjoyed their stay at the prestigious University;

“It was a great experience, giving me an insight into studying at University level.”               (Melissa Parkes)

“I enjoyed learning about the skills needed to study at University and found out the grade requirements for certain subjects to be very helpful.”                                                         (Gurpreet Singh)