Updates to our Uniform Policy including the Do’s and Don’ts can be downloaded below:
10-07-15 Uniform Letter
10-07-15 Uniform Policy Do’s & Don’ts
All letters sent home can be downloaded from our Letters Home page.
Well done to all students who took part in the TA 2015 sports day. The weather was fantastic throughout day which allowed all events to take place as planned. Students who were spectating on the afternoon did the Academy proud, demonstrating exemplary behaviour.
A few stars throughout the day were Molly Crayton (Y8), Rebecca Burns (Y9), Chloe Goult (Y10) and Jordan Richards (Y11) and of course the winning staff relay team (Miss Raby, Mr Ainley, Mr Howard and Mr Bell).
The winning tutor for each year group will be announced in September along with prizes and their trophy to keep for the year. The pictures will be around the Academy TV screens ready for students arrival in September.
Sports Day Photo Gallery
Well done to both the Y7 and Y8 girls who competed in the first Inagural U13 Girls cricket tournament on Tuesday 14th July at Maltby CC.
The girls played to a very high standard throughout the day and did the Academy proud. The weather also managed to hold off so a good day was had by all.
Year 8 cricket team
Year 8 Barratt Homes Enterprise Challenge
Year 8 students had the fantastic opportunity to work alongside Barratt Homes Post Graduate Students whilst undertaking the Barratt Homes Enterprise Challenge.
Session 1: The Planning Stage involved Year 8 students competing in assigned groups to create and design a landscape garden for Thornaby Academy.
The groups conducted land surveys to identify constraints, researched tree/plant/shrubbery species to decide on the most beneficial and cost effective species, designed and sketched their landscapes before pitching their ideas to the panel of Barratt Homes judges.
Three designs have gone forward to the Barratt Homes architect who will decide which design is the most feasible and cost effective. This will lead to Session 2: Constructing the Landscape in which the winning team will work alongside Barratt Homes to bring their ideas to life.
A huge thank you to Anne-Marie Pearce and her Colleagues from Barratt Homes, as well as Sam Dixon from Stockton Borough Council who organised and supported the Enterprise Challenge.
The Battlezone Paintball Business Experience
On the 16th and 17th of June 2015 the Business GCSE students had the opportunity to undertake an exciting and engaging Business Experience at Battlezone Paintball Yarm and Flamingoland Resort Yorkshire.
All students participated in a Business Workshop and achieved the following Learning Outcomes;
- to understand the purpose of Battlezone and Flamingoland
- to explain the recruitment process and techniques for retaining staff
- to analyse the success of promotional techniques used by the businesses
- to describe the day to day running cost encountered by the businesses
Students then either undertook a Paintballing Challenge, which combined teamwork, strategy and quick thinking, or attended Flamingoland in which they were able to explore the park independently and assess the success of promotional offers first hand.
The students thoroughly enjoyed their experience and are all recommending the trip to the next cohort of Business GCSE students.
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.
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
Amanda Coulson, the Academy’s Sky Sports Mentor visited the Academy for the third time this year to work with Y7 students. Amanda completed 3 sessions with the different Y7 PE classes, delivering a fun and engaging boxing circuit.
It was great to be able to take part in a sport we do not usually access on the curriculum (Y7 student)
From next week, the Academy has secured a top class cricket coach (James Lowe of Durham County Cricket Club) in delivering cricket sessions to both boys and girls within KS3 over the coming half term.
Tuesdays – 2.45-3.45pm
Sports Hall/Field (weather depending)
For more information please see Miss Naylor
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.