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


Football fanatics

Witnesses to England U21s overcoming Scotland U21s 3-1 in their Euro 2019 Qualifier, a group of over 20 Thornaby Academy students visited the home of Middlesbrough F.C, the Riverside Stadium. This was an exciting change to a Friday night, allowing the students to watch live sport unfold before their eyes. All of the students had […]

Academic Tutoring Day – Tuesday 31 October 2017

This provides parents and students with an opportunity to meet with the tutor to discuss expectations, progress, attendance, behaviour, support, areas for improvement and set targets in light of the discussion. This supports students’ academic and personal development whilst fostering positive relationships between home and school. Please note – students are only expected to attend school for the duration of […]

Make your mark

All students within the Academy had the opportunity to participate in the Make Your Mark campaign, during Respect Day 1. Students completed a ballot paper, voting on issues they felt were important and should be discussed within Youth Parliament. Below are the top 3 issues our students voted for within the Academy; Transport. Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for […]

Respect Day 1

At Thornaby Academy, all students participate in a number of Respect Days throughout the year and Monday 25 September 2017 was the first of the new academic year. A range of organisations are invited to teach students about topics or issues that they may not learn about in specific subject lessons. Year 7 students celebrated […]

Teesside Learning Trust

Aiming high… Daring to be great 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 […]

Timetable information:

09/10/2017 – WEEK B


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