GCSE Results Day 2015

Thornaby Academy’s results include:

–          Highest ever number of top grades

–          Highest ever number of students achieving both English and maths

–          One of the most improved schools in the Tees Valley.

Year 11 students at Thornaby Academy are celebrating after achieving the Academy’s highest ever number of high grade passes at GCSE. In addition, the Academy saw more students than ever achieve both English and maths qualifications.

Subject attainment also continued on an upward trend, with year-on-year improvements seen in Art, English Literature, History, ICT, Media Studies and RE.

Special recognition must be given to Megan Eden, 16, who achieved a phenomenal 11 A* or A grades in her final exams and an impressive B grade in her early-entry AS-level Art and Design. Megan was awarded a special prize at the Academy’s prom earlier in the year for securing 100% attendance throughout her five years at school.

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

“Once again we are exceptionally proud of our students and the results they have achieved today.

“Since opening five years ago, results at the Academy have continued to improve and we are extremely pleased that both staff and students are being rewarded for their hard work and dedication.

“These results will see our students secure places at college, as well as competitive apprenticeships and employment. We would like to wish everyone leaving us best wishes for their future.”

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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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Sports Day 2015

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

Inagural U13 Girls cricket tournament 2015

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 cricket team

Year 8 Barratt Homes Enterprise Challenge

Year 8 Barratt Homes Enterprise Challenge

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.

Business Experience at Battlezone Paintball Yarm and Flamingoland Resort Yorkshire

The Battlezone Paintball Business Experience

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.


Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Competition

Yr9 Business team working with their assigned mentor, former Thornaby Academy student Connor Chambers

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.

Enrichment Week 2015

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


Y5/6 Primary Athletics Festival

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.