Message from the Principal

I am delighted to have been appointed as the Principal of Thornaby Academy. Thornaby Academy is a vibrant learning community made up of inspirational and impressive students and staff; I am privileged to be leading that team.

My name is Donna Butcher and I have held a senior position at a secondary school in Redcar & Cleveland for the past seven years. Prior to that, I worked for the Local Authority to provide guidance and support for all of its secondary schools in raising standards. In the role as Principal of Thornaby Academy, I will be working closely with Linda Halbert, the CEO of Teesside Learning Trust to continue to raise standards and improve outcomes as we continue our journey to outstanding. Mrs Halbert remains the substantive Head at Thornaby Academy. 

Our core purpose at Thornaby Academy is to provide the highest standards of education through the delivery of quality first teaching and targeted support so that every student can make outstanding progress.  We have the highest expectations and aspirations for our students by providing them with the opportunities to be the best they can be to secure their success both now and into the future.

DonnaIt is our aspiration for Thornaby Academy to be an outstanding school. Through working in partnership with parents and the local and wider community we will achieve this so that everything we do is outstanding for our students. Since becoming part of the Teesside Learning Trust, we have achieved a great deal; I am looking forward to leading the school to even greater success as we continue on our journey to outstanding.

If you would like to visit our Academy or learn more about it, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Mrs Donna Butcher


Have a great summer holiday!

All students will break up for the summer holidays on Friday 21 July 2017. School will start at the usual time and finish at the earlier time of 1.30 pm. It is however an Enrichment Day so please note, for those students attending an enrichment event off-site, the time they return to school may differ ...
By Miss H Clayton | July 20, 2017 | News

Transition Enterprise Day 2017

Our new Year 7 students participated in an Enterprise Day as part of their transition into Thornaby Academy. Students collaborated within teams to create some amazing products that included charm bracelets, jewelled bookmarks, personalised keyrings, as well as designing and sewing Christmas decorations. In addition, students created a promotional campaign developing a brand name, slogan ...
By Miss H Clayton | July 21, 2017 | News

Sports Day 2017

Wednesday 19 July 2017 was the day of Thornaby Academy’s annual Sports Day. Representatives from every year group, including our new Year 7 students who are with us on transition, competed in a series of track and field events throughout the day. An added bonus this year was the strong competition between our newly formed ...
By Miss H Clayton | July 20, 2017 | News

Hot Chocolate with the Principal

In June, Ben and Kieran, two delightful Year 9 students, joined me for Hot Chocolate with the Head. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to these two fine you men describe how exciting and enjoyable they find school.  They spoke enthusiastically about how the new pastoral structure and the positive impact it will have ...
By Miss H Clayton | July 9, 2017 | News

Students shortlisted at Stockton Riverside College Enterprise Awards

Shortlisted for the Social Impact Award following fantastic efforts at the Stockton Sparkles Christmas Market 2016; Jack, Eve, Kristen, Michaela and Gabriel attended the Stockton Riverside College Enterprise Awards. Held on Tuesday 4 July 2017, the event acknowledged enterprising skills displayed by students across the Tess Valley and we are so proud of our students being ...
By Miss H Clayton | July 7, 2017 | News

Talented athletes and students recognised for outstanding commitment to sport

Talented athletes and Thornaby Academy students, Maisy Y9 and Eve Y7 were shortlisted and invited to the Stockton Schools Sports Awards Evening on Wednesday 6 July 2017 at The Hub, Teesside University. Although they did not win the overall award, both girls were recognised for their outstanding commitment to their sport and leadership both in ...
By Miss H Clayton | July 7, 2017 | News

Snapchat Warning – New feature that shows exact location, please be aware!

Snapchat have introduced an update that gives your exact location to all your ‘friends’. The new feature uses location trackers on phones to show where you are, giving your area, town, street and even the house that you are in. This could put you or your children at risk of stalking and bullying, so please ...
By Miss H Clayton | July 7, 2017 | News
By Miss H Clayton | July 4, 2017 | News

Thornaby Academy wishes Year 11 students good luck for their future

As the end of the academic year draws closer, we have bid farewell to our Year 11 students. We want to wish them every success in whatever they decide to do in the future. The Year 11 students had their final assembly on Friday 16 June, signed each other’s shirts and taken lots of photos ...
By Miss H Clayton | July 4, 2017 | News

Business students present to ICAEW panel of judges

Competing against a number of schools within Stockton-on-Tees, business students at Thornaby Academy participated in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) competition on 15 June 2017. Held at Stockton Sixth Form College, students were briefed and given a case study relating to three different smoothie ventures. Working together as a team ...
By Miss H Clayton | June 30, 2017 | News

Timetable information:

04/09/2017 - WEEK A


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