Welcome from Principal Maryssa O’Connor

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.

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TA Field Day 2014

Saturday 13th September saw the return of the annual ‘TA’s Field Day’ community event organised by students and staff. The day proved to be more popular than ever, with well over 1,000 students, parents and members of the community coming along.

The Academy ‘Street’ was packed with stalls and activities organised and ran by the students on an ‘international’ theme, including Japanese robot grabbers, an Australian ‘I’m a Celebrity’ style bug eating challenge and a ‘Bollywood’ section, as well as all the old favourites such as face painting, delicious cupcakes and many more.

As well as the indoor activities, there were also fairground rides, giant inflatables, a skate park, a climbing wall, unicycling, Shetland pony rides and an exciting visit from the Police helicopter. Students also made the most of the state-of-the-art facilities within the Academy, with regular live musical and dance performances on the ‘Street’ and a wide selection of international food and drink.

Everybody who came along had a great day and helped raise a lot of money for Butterwick Hospice, Eastern Ravens Trust and Marie Curie Cancer Care. Students embodied the Academy’s Enterprise culture throughout, with skills such as organisation, teamwork, managing money and a ‘can do’ attitude used in abundance.








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Friends break Academy A* record

A close friendship group at Thornaby Academy has smashed the school record after helping to secure the Academy’s highest number of A*s and As at GCSE.

Zoe Trainer, Calum Thomas, Demi Paterson, Emily Barlow and Gurpreet Gill earned a collective 32 A* and A grades.

Zoe, the Academy’s highest achiever, was picked to study towards an A-level in Mathematics as part of the academy’s Gifted, Able and Talented programme after securing a A* in the subject earlier this year. She picked up a B grade in her advanced bridging studies as well as a further 11 A*-A grade GCSEs.

Calum, who juggled his studies alongside completing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, shone in his STEM subjects, attaining top grades in ICT, Computing, Mathematics and Double Science.

All of the group will follow in each other’s footsteps as they study A-levels at Stockton Sixth Form College from September.

Maryssa O’Connor, Principal of Thornaby Academy, said:

“Our high flying students are testament to the Academy’s ‘can-do’ ethos and have all secured remarkable results. They should be very proud of their outstanding achievement.”

The Academy also saw early-entry Year 10 students receive top A* grades. Megan Eden and Yiting Yang secured 5 A*s between them.















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Former Yr 11 Students successfully complete the VENTURE Programme




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)

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Thornaby Academy Y11 Prom 2014

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.



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Y11 GCSE Leisure and Tourism students evaluate tourism provision in Durham City Centre

14 of our Year 11 Leisure and Tourism students visited Durham City Centre today to evaluate what it has to offer tourists.

The students navigated a map of the city to zone areas into distinct categories and then conducted surveys with visitors to gather primary data.

Members of the general public in Durham commented on how polite and mature our young people were when asking key questions about tourism provision in this historic city.

The students have recently started to work on the coursework element of the GCSE that is worth 60% of the final grade.

Good luck Year 11! Only top marks will do!

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Royal Geographical Society sends Geography ambassadors to Thornaby Academy

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.

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Middlesbrough Football Club Enterprise Academy Deliver Workshop to our Year 11 Students


Middlesbrough Enterprise Academy 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).

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Yr 11 Students Designing T-shirts

My BNK Deliver the Money Twist Workshop to our Year 11 Students


My BNK 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).

Lucy prioritising her needs and wants

Lucy Prioritising her Needs and Wants