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


Enterprising spirit at Stockton Sparkles

After delivering a fantastic presentation with festive enterprising ideas relating to ‘doggie treats’ and ‘bird seed packs’, our students won the Year 7 Enterprise Competition, run in collaboration with Stockton Borough Council. Maddison, Anita, Lilly and Mia, the winning team produced original brand development, well researched costs and potential profit forecasted. The students then took […]

World AIDS Day

A huge congratulations to all students and staff at Thornaby Academy for raising £304.15 for World AIDS Day on the 01 December 2017. This was achieved by hosting a red themed non-uniform day and, in keeping with the World AIDS Day red ribbon logo, a bake sale, selling red sweet treats. During tutorial, students learned […]

A summer you will never forget with NCS!

National Citizen Service (NCS) are working with Thornaby Academy to offer an amazing opportunity during the summer. Thornaby Academy are a big advocate of NCS and actively encourage students to get involved. NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that enables young people to: Take on new challenges and build skills for work and life Develop leadership, […]

Thornaby Academy Awards Evening

Thornaby Academy hosted its Awards Evening on Tuesday 28 November 2017. It was a glittering ceremony and students, past and present, joined their friends, families and distinguished guests to accept their awards. With awards for Outstanding Attainment and Outstanding Progress, along with a number of special awards, winners were chosen by their teachers and Directors […]

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, sporting news, ‘Restart a Heart’ […]

Academy Rules


Your Future - CEIAG

For all the latest careers news and information please click the logo above to see Thornaby Academy's Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) webpage.


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Please see our Safeguarding webpage for information and guidance e.g. about keeping your child safe and e-safety tips.

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