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


The spirit of giving

At the start of the festive season, staff and students at Thornaby Academy decided to collect food and essential household items for the local community. The extremely kind and generous donations were overwhelming! The bags and bags of donations included tinned foods, cereals, shampoo, tea, coffee and even some cash donations too. The donations were […]

Premier League Enterprise Challenge 2017/18

A huge congratulations to Savine, Hannah, Alisha and James for participating in the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation’s heat of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge 2017/18, on Thursday 14 December 2017, at the Riverside Stadium. The Premier League’s Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore, set the challenge, which required students to develop initiatives to encourage diversity among the club’s […]

Thornaby Food Bank Donation

At Thornaby Academy we have a significant proportion of pupils that receive free school meals and during the holidays this means that parents and families have added financial stress to feed their children. We have organised for Thornaby Academy to give a donation to Thornaby Food Bank on Wednesday 20 December 2017. Thank you so much […]

Digital Platform connecting students to future opportunities pilots in the North East

Businesses and colleges from across the North East have met in Teesside at a pilot event aiming to connect them with students and potential employees through a revolutionary new digital service. The first event of its kind, organised in partnership with the Teesside Learning Trust as a pilot for Tees Valley Combined Authority. Introducing North […]

Timetable information:

05/02/2018 – WEEK B


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 Patricia Wilkins 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.


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