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


Year 11 Information GCSE Grades

6 April 2020 Dear Parent/Carer, The Department for Education has issued new information for schools, parents and students regarding the assessment of GCSE and other Level 2 qualifications. This information provides detailed guidance to schools to ensure that all grades submitted to exam boards are accurate, fair and objective. Please find below a summary of […]

Covid-Closure Update 03-04-2020

3 April 2020 Covid-Closure Update Dear Parent/Carer Congratulations to you all for managing Home Study for your children over the last two weeks. We have received so many positive comments from you all about the work that has been set. Please can you continue to encourage your child to engage with their learning and submit […]

Useful Information Domestic Abuse- Stockton COVID 19

Domestic Abuse and Covid-19 We know that the government’s advice on self or household-isolation will have a direct impact on victims and their children experiencing domestic abuse. Home is not likely to be a safe place for survivors of domestic abuse. Social distancing and self-isolation will be used as a tool of coercive and controlling […]

Useful Links for Children and Young People

Please find the link below to the Childline website which has some useful Toolbox activities for children and young people.

Mentally Healthy Schools Resources

Mentally Healthy Schools Resources The response includes free resources from organisations such as the Anna Freud Centre, Place2Be and Young Minds with a range of activities such as methods for coping, how parents can talk to young people and illustrations. The pack also includes a number of helplines that staff and parents can use […]

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.