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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Thornaby Academy help the food bank project

Staff and students are helping Thornaby Baptist Church with a great cause for our local community. Thornaby Food Bank is one of the only available food banks in the region in place to help families who are currently in need of support.

If you would like to help with this cause and support members of our local community, please give your son/daughter any items (listed below).

Tea bags, coffee, sugar, UHT Milk, orange Juice, fruit cordial, breakfast cereal, pasta, rice, noodles, curry Sauce (packets jars), pasta Sauce (jars), biscuits, tooth paste, baby lotion/cream, baby wipes, nappies, shampoo, shower gel, soap.

 Tinned cans such as: Meat (corned beef, hot dogs, ham, Pork Luncheon Meat etc), fish (tuna, mackerel, etc), vegetables (Peas, sweet corn, carrots), soup, tomatoes, baked beans, fruit, steamed puddings, rice pudding, custard (tinned/carton), chilli, stew, curry, spaghetti/hoops, potatoes, pies

All donations go to Miss Naylor at her office in CREATE.

The next stage of the project will be to get some of our keen Duke of Edinburgh students involved in volunteering their time and energy in ensuring that the parcels are organised and delivered to all families in need.

We would like to thank you with your continued support for our Academy projects and the local community.

Student Leadership Team Visit Teesside University

On the 17th November, the Student Leadership Team visited Teesside University to take part in various activities to improve their problem solving and teamwork skills. During the day, they took part in a wide range of activities, including the task of planning the Christmas ‘Frozen Kingdom’ event.

Students thought that the day was well presented and the supporting staff were welcoming and friendly. A year 10 student quoted “ This was a great time and gave me the opportunity to develop my personal teamwork skills ”.

In addition, members of the Student Union at Teesside University took time out of their busy schedules to assist the students during the day. Furthermore, the students were also given an insight into options available after school in which they can continue to develop their leadership skills, as well as having the opportunity to identify the basic needs of maintaining a student council.

Overall, the students fully enjoyed the trip and thought that it was beneficial in terms of motivating them to succeed as a team.

Written by Luke Marsden and Melissa Parkes.

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Y8 Pupils Lead Anne Frank Exhibition

“The Anne Frank Exhibition draws on the power of Frank’s life and diary to challenge prejudice and reduce hatred, encouraging people to embrace positive attitudes, responsibility and respect for others.

Fourteen Y8 Students volunteered to train to be ‘Anne Frank Ambassadors’ and lead the exhibition to the rest of the school:

Rebecca Burns, Serena Pawlett, Jordan Edgar, Reece Foster, Rohail Aktar, Aaron Downs, Kyle Hill, Holly Kier, Abigail Herron, Jaden Maroney, Sophie Middleton, Jake Porter, Chelsea Lawrence, Jessymae Miller.

Students trained for a day and learnt about the life and death of Anne Frank and other Jews, during the Holocaust. The training and subsequent delivery of the exhibition is designed to:

  • Challenge prejudice and discrimination and prevent young people moving towards hate-related offending
  • Give young people positive opportunities and help them develop their potential and ambitions
  • Increase young people’s respect for others
  • Encourage young people to be socially active
  • Enable young people to develop social, communication and leadership skills.

The fourteen students involved represented the academy well and showed excellence in their delivery of the story and issues.


U13 Girls Cricket team success

A team of Y8 girls traveled to Northfield School, Billingham last night to play against local schools in the first round of The Lord Taverner’s Cricket competition.

A big congratulations goes to Megan (Captain), Sosan, Zoe, Holly, Lana, Sophie, Katie and Rebecca for coming 1st.

They will be competing in the County finals in February 2015.

U13 Cricket team

U13 Stockton Schools Volleyball Tournament

16 students traveled to Marsh House sports center last night to take part in the Stockton Schools Volleyball tournament. The students split into 3 teams (Boys, Y8 Girls and Y7 Girls). The tournament was a great experience for all involved with success for two teams. The Y8 Girls and Boys team both came 3rd in their competitions.


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Y10 Sports Leaders officiate Boccia

Several of the Y10 Sports Leaders helped officiate the Stockton Schools Boccia tournament yesterday (Thursday 6th November 2014). The students completed the training two weeks ago in preparation for the tournament. (Photo’s to be added soon)



“I loved officiating at the tournament, it gave me great joy in seeing the happiness and enjoyment of some of Stockton’s young disabled students whilst taking part in Boccia” – Amy Woods

TA v Egglescliffe Netball Fixture

On Thursday 23rd October, the Y9 Netball team along with the Y10 GCSE PE class travelled to Egglescliffe School to play a fixture.

The Y10′s will compete in a number of fixtures over the year to allow them to be assessed in Netball as part of their GCSE course. The Y9′s pictured below battled hard and played some good netball at times but unfortunately were beaten in the end.

Y9 Netball team

Student Leadership Elections

Students at the Academy spent today voting for their Hub Representatives.  This week potential candidates have been campaigning for votes.  The election was completed in a similar way to General Elections to give students an insight into government and politics.

Announcements will be made via the Academy website and Apple TVs on Monday 20th October.



Young leaders complete Boccia officiating course

On Thursday 16th October, 8 Young Sport Leaders attended a Young officials Award in Boccia. This is a disability sport which encourages inclusion within PE/Sport across the world. The Young Leaders spent the whole day learning how to play the game as well as officiating it. In early November, the students will volunteer and help run the Stockton Schools Boccia festival for students across the Stockton Borough. Watch this space for a new article along with pictures of the Leaders in action.

Well done to everyone involved!

Year 6 Open Evening

A massive thank you to all parents and pupils for coming along to our Open Evening on Monday. We had a great time showing you our Academy and everything we have to offer. You gave us some amazing feedback too, almost 90% of you said that Thornaby Academy is your first choice for secondary school – brilliant! We can’t wait to see you all in Year 7!  Thanks also to the Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University, Professor Graham Henderson for attending and supporting the Academy. As the lead sponsor for Thornaby Academy, it was wonderful to hear how proud of the Academy they are and the fast paced journey we have been on.

The best endorsements, as always, come from our students.  Thank you to Jordan Laing and Jessica Fox for coming along. Jessica left the Academy in 2013 with exceptional results and is now studying A levels at Stockton Sixth Form College.  Jordan completed his GCSEs in 2012 and is also a graduate of Stockton Sixth Form College. We are so proud of his achievements – he has just started his Degree in Medicine at Durham University and intends to qualify as a GP, we can’t wait to see him back!

Finally, thank you to our visitors who took the time to give us some feedback, we’re delighted that you enjoyed the evening.  You said:

‘The school is fantastic and we look forward to our youngest child coming here. You have given our eldest so much support, thank you’

‘Teachers were outstanding.  Me and my family really enjoyed the night. Thank You!’

‘Fantastic school and staff!’

‘The academy looked great and we’re looking forward to our son enjoying the experiences he can achieve throughout his school, years at Thornaby Academy’

And of course, we were delighted to award the £100 Asda voucher to the very lucky parent at Thornaby Church of England School – happy Christmas shopping!