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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Christmas Jumper Day – 12th December

Wear a Christmas Jumper for just £1 on Friday 12th December.


Here are a few of the amazing things your money could do:

£66 could protect three children from deadly diseases.

£120 could give 40 children life-saving mosquito nets.

£500 could train five health workers to treat sick children

In 2013 Thornaby Academy raised £400

Lets see if we can beat our record in 2014

Children In Need 2014

Congratulations to all the students and staff at Thornaby Academy who ensured that Children In Need 2014 was a success by raising an approximate total of £475. 

Children In Need The Academy participated in the school‘s enterprise  challenge ”Starter for Ten”, launched by Stockton Borough Council,  in which students had to grow £20 and raise as much money as  possible for Children In Need. The Year 10 Business GCSE  students worked in groups to formulate and present their ideas.  Callum Simpson and Joe Singleton’s idea of non-uniform  day/Superhero theme, coupled with an Academy raffle and food  stalls was voted as the favourite.

All Academy staff and students, dressed in either non-uniform or superhero theme, contributed their £1 to Children In Need and participated in engaging activities throughout the afternoon. This included a Year 7 Apprentice style challenge, Year 8 bridge building activities, a Year 9 Pudsey Bear Maths challenge, a Year 10 Bake Off decorating challenge and Year 11 team based sports games.

Well done to Sam Kapadi, winner of the fancy dress competition and Lauren Forrester, winner of the Middlesbrough Football Club football.

Children in Need 2014 Hero Themed Fancy Dress Winner

Children in Need 2014 Hero Themed Fancy Dress Winner

A special thanks to Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation for their raffle donation and to Miss Naylor and her Charity Student Leaders for providing tasty treats throughout break time in their cake stall.

All Together Now Concert

On Thursday 20th November we hosted a 1990s ‘All Together Now’ Concert to celebrate Music and Dance at Thornaby Academy. A mixture of staff and students provided two hours of entertainment hosted by Anya Brown and Cameron Sharp (Year 9 Create Hub Representatives).

The concert was opened by Craig Harkins performing ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis who was supported by Jonathan Bailey (Studying BTEC L3 Music Performance at Thornaby Academy in partnership with SSFC).

Ellie Frost, Sarah Foster, Ben Gray and Kieran Woolfall were amongst the youngest members of the academy who performed solos. For some of these students it was their very first time that they had performed on a stage so hopefully we will see more of them as they develop in their performance skills.

Staff entries consisted of Miss. Hicks and Mrs. O’Connor performing an acoustic version of ‘I don’t want to miss a thing’ by Aerosmith, Mr. Phelps and Ms. Ainsworth singing and playing the guitar to REM and Green Day classics and who can ever forget The Spice Girls – Ms. Travis, Ms. Grimes, Miss. Allison, Mrs. Heaton and Mrs. Gregson giving a rendition of ‘Wannabe’ with the ‘Zig-a-Zig-ah’ included!

There were many proud parents, family and friends in the audience and we look forward to seeing you all again in February when the Thornaby Academy production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be taking place.

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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