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


Learning to row with Tees Rowing Club

Nine students, both male and female across Y7-Y10 are taking part in a 10 week course learning how to row. The course, led by the Tees Rowing Club runs between April and June. There is a mixture of circuit training, work/technique development on the ergo and students will eventually be rowing on the water!

Eve competes in National Finals 

We have followed Eve on her table tennis journey so far and on Saturday 21 April 2018 at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton, Eve Y8 competed in the Butterfly School Individual Championships National Finals. She travelled down Friday afternoon with her parents, stayed over the night before for better preparation, was up at 6.00am and at […]

There’s no hold your horses here!

In September, the following Y7 & 8 students started riding at a local horse riding school and have continued since. This has led to them gaining a Basic Certificate in Horse Management and Riding. Congratulations Maddie, Mia, Scott, Bayden, Xander, Emily and Leah! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

A cut above the rest

The Academy welcomed John from Roberts Family Butchers in Thornaby on Wednesday 21 March 2018 to host a masterclass with our Y10 Food Preparation and Nutrition students. The students showed great determination and excellent knife skills to successfully portion the chickens to be used in a range of dishes. We’ve already made marinated chicken drumsticks, […]

Whitecliffe Academy wins national award for performance

Congratulations to Teesside Learning Trust Academy, Whitecliffe Academy who are proud to announce that they are in top 1% of schools in England for progress made by pupils between KS1 and KS2. The hard work and determination of staff and students has also been rewarded with national recognition from SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers […]

Timetable information:

10/12/2018 – WEEK B

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