Message from the Principal

I am delighted to have been appointed as the Principal of Thornaby Academy. Thornaby Academy is a vibrant learning community made up of inspirational and impressive students and staff; I am privileged to be leading that team.

My name is Donna Butcher and I have held a senior position at a secondary school in Redcar & Cleveland for the past seven years. Prior to that, I worked for the Local Authority to provide guidance and support for all of its secondary schools in raising standards. In the role as Principal of Thornaby Academy, I will be working closely with Linda Halbert, the CEO of Teesside Learning Trust to continue to raise standards and improve outcomes as we continue our journey to outstanding. Mrs Halbert remains the substantive Head at Thornaby Academy.

Our core purpose at Thornaby Academy is to provide the highest standards of education through the delivery of quality first teaching and targeted support so that every student can make outstanding progress.  We have the highest expectations and aspirations for our students by providing them with the opportunities to be the best they can be to secure their success both now and into the future.

DonnaIt is our aspiration for Thornaby Academy to be an outstanding school. Through working in partnership with parents and the local and wider community we will achieve this so that everything we do is outstanding for our students. Since becoming part of the Teesside Learning Trust, we have achieved a great deal; I am looking forward to leading the school to even greater success as we continue on our journey to outstanding.

If you would like to visit our Academy or learn more about it, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Mrs Donna Butcher


Teesside Learning Trust

Teesside Learning Trust (TLT) was established in September 2016.  It is comprised of four schools, two Primary; Badger Hill and Whitecliffe Primary Academies, and two secondary, Freebrough and Thornaby Academies. We are driven by our shared ambition and values. The children and young people in our Academies are at the heart of what we do. […]

Year 6 Open Evening – Tuesday 26 September 2017

Our Open Evening will take place from 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm on Tuesday 26 September 2017. There will be a presentation and then opportunity to look around the Academy, take part in activities, taste our school meals and chat with staff and students. This is a great opportunity to find out more about Thornaby Academy. Join us to: […]

The Update Autumn Term 2017

Thornaby Academy’s official newsletter, published in the Thornaby Pride, your community news from Thornaby Town Council is now available to read online. To read online please click the photo of the newsletter to view the PDF version. The Update features all of the Academy’s latest news including Welcome from the Principal, prom photos and much more! […]

Battle of Britain Commemoration

Maisie, Y10, along with the Principal, represented Thornaby Academy at the Battle of Britain commemoration on Sunday 10 September 2017. Maisie joined local dignitaries, including the newly elected MP for Stockton South, Dr Paul Williams and Thornaby Mayor, Mr Walmsley in laying a wreath at the airman statue on Thornaby Road to commemorate the service […]

Year 11 Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 19 September 2017

This evening will provide you with an opportunity to discuss with his/her subject teachers, the progress your son/daughter is making towards their end of year targets as well as practical ways in which you can support their learning at home. There will be a short presentation on the new reformed exams and grades and information […]

Timetable information:

15/07/2019 – WEEK A

Academy Rules


Your Future - CEIAG

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