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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Sky Sports Mentor visits PE

Amanda Coulson (GB Boxing star) visited the Academy on Tuesday 20th January to deliver two boxing fitness sessions to Y9 students in the afternoon.

Students had a great time and learnt new skills in a sport they do not usually have access to within the curriculum.

“It was a really good experience to work with a professional Athlete, she got us moving around and taught us new skills”

IMG_9984 Larissa Hulme

Year 8 and Year 9 Visit Teesside University for a Motivational Experience

Working as a team in designing and creating their University

Working as a team in designing and creating their University

On Wednesday the 14th and Wednesday 21st of January all Year  8 and Year 9 students had the opportunity to attend an exciting  and engaging motivational day at Teesside University.

The motivational visit was designed to help raise student  aspirations. Students worked in groups, alongside Teesside  University Student Ambassadors on a variety of team building  activities that included an orientation task, University quiz,  designing and creating their own University, developing and  presenting their ideas for a new Music Festival.

These activities really helped to improve student’s enterprise skills, in particular their self-confidence, teamwork and presentation skills.

Many thanks to Teesside University for hosting these fantastic events.

Year 7 and 8 Parent consultation evening

It was fantastic to see so many parents on Monday evening at our consultation night. The conversation between parents, teachers and students is very important in ensuring the Academy fully supports and challenges your children to achieve their best.  Thank you to all parents who completed the survey at the end of the night, this provides us with information of what is going well and how we can continue to improve. Some key features of the survey results are as follows:

· Over 90% of parents agree that their children are enjoying their time at the Academy, feel safe and make progress

· Over 90%of parents are happy with rewards, enrichment and the range of subjects in the curriculum

· Over 90% of parents agree that the Academy is caring, friendly, well led, organised and supported their children when moving from primary school

· 98% of parents now agree that homework is good – ‘Show My Homework’ online is proving to be popular!

· 90% of parents agree that behaviour is good and concerns are dealt with quickly and effectively

It’s great to see that so many parents think we are doing a good job and your feedback is appreciated

Maryssa O’Connor

Y10 Football v Northfield School

The Y10 boys football team finally got to play their game against Northfield school (away) last night. Due to poor weather conditions and lighting issues, the game had to be rearranged twice.

The game was played on Northfield’s grass floodlit pitch in cold windy conditions. The boys were playing against the wind in the first half, TA went in at half time 4-0 down, all goals coming in the last 11 minutes of the half.

After 17 minutes of the second half, TA had brought the score back to 4-4. Unfortunately, Northfield scored 3 quick breakaway goals towards the end of the game making it a 4-7 defeat for TA.

Goals from J. Richards, J. Harding and A. Smith (2)

Squad: J.Richards (Capt), J.Harding, D.Fish, A.Smith, D.Willson, J.Tinston, E.Homer, A.Ahmed, J.Laurence, S.Hussain, B.Mead, L.Cooke, G.Singh, B.Boyes, T.Kier and T.Fletcher

Thornaby Academy Sports Centre

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York’s Chocolate Story 2014

The students learning about chocolate production

The students learning about chocolate production

On the 16th December the Year 10 Business GCSE class undertook an award winning experience at York’s Chocolate Story.

Students learned about the famous family owned businesses of Tuke, Craven, Rowntree and Terry who were responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of chocolate and confectionary worldwide.

Students unwrapped the stories behind brands such as Kit KAT, Smarties, All Gold and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, which was relevant to recent learning within the classroom, including the Marketing Mix Unit and Entrepreneurial Unit of their GCSE curriculum.

Students learned how to taste chocolate like a professional, watch the Chocolatiers at work in a captivating chocolate making demonstration and undertake a Chocolate workshop, in which they designed and created their own chocolate bar.

Girls and Gadgets Conference 2014 Teesside University

Girls and Gadgets Conference 2014

Girls and Gadgets Conference 2014


On the 18th December x8 Year 9 students embarked on a journey that would excite and encourage them into a professional career within ICT, at the annual Girls and Gadgets Conference, Teesside University. There were approximately 20 schools present at the conference, which highlighted the growing popularity of ICT amongst girls and the pressing need to close the gender gap within the profession

The students listened to an inspiring talk by Dr Joanne Noble, who has excelled within the computing domain. She provided a useful insight into career opportunities and progression having worked for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and MDC Technology.

All schools were deployed to a workshop. Our workshop was E-Journalism.  Working in small groups alongside Teesside Ambassadors and trainee Ambassadors form Nunthornpe Acdemy, students interviewed and photographed individuals at the event, to discover what was being learnt in other workshops. Students then collated and reported their findings on the Teesside University blog using WordPresss. Fantastic work girls!!

Frozen Kingdom

Thornaby Academy was transformed into a ‘Frozen Kingdom’ last week as visitors were treated to a magical winter wonderland experience.

As well as getting the chance to make gifts in the elves workshop, meet Santa in his grotto, enjoy a mince pie and a drink whilst watching Christmas films, browse the festive vintage market and immerse themselves in the spectacular audio visual ‘Octorama’ experience, children and visitors also enjoyed a hugely popular sing-a-long with Elsa and Anna.

The real stars of the show, however, were Santa’s reindeer.  While Santa was busy handing out gifts in his grotto, Moscow and Lightning were happy to pose for photos while they watched over Santa’s sleigh.

All visitors were full of praise for the event and many thanks to all who came along.

Frozen Kingdom Gallery