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


Easter activities

Please click to see a list of Easter Holiday activities available to Children and young people with additional needs.

Parent Info

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Sunday Four Year 10 students, along with the Principal, represented Thornaby Academy at the Remembrance Service held at the Thornaby cenotaph on Sunday 11 th November. The four students, Harry, Kaitlyn, Keelan and Lilly joined a large gathering of local people and local dignitaries, including Stockton MP, Dr Williams and Thornaby Mayor, Mr Walmsley […]

Opening the Academy to future potential students

Wednesday 26 September 2018 was the date of our Y5/6 Open Evening and what a fantastic event it was. Students and families had the opportunity to tour the building and take part in a range of activities in subject areas. From robotics to forensic science, taste tests to murder mystery, trampolining to hazard awareness, the evening […]

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.


Thornaby Academy is committed to the safeguarding of all children. If members of the community have any safeguarding concerns, please telephone Mrs Clare Parker or Mrs Diane Griffiths at the Academy on 01642 763244 or email:

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

ParentInfo has been developed by Parentzone in collaboration with CEOP, to provide high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. It also includes important advice on how best to keep children safe whilst online.

Please click the image below to visit the Stockton-On-Tees Prevent website.

Our Values


For more information about our values please click here.