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


Winners of MFC match tickets – Dedication reaps rewards!

A huge congratulations to Luke Y10 and Arron Y11 for winning two match tickets each for the Middlesbrough v Birmingham City match on Wednesday 22 November 2017.  The students were nominated for their commitment and dedication to the extra-curricular activities that they attend within the Academy: ‘Luke is a dedicated Librarian within the Open Learning […]

Gaining an insight into real job roles from the employees themselves

On Friday 10 November 2017, Year 9 students participated in a ‘Raising Aspirations’ event, working in conjunction with Foundation for Jobs, Inspire2Learn and The Careers and Enterprise Company. The event was funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company, who have strong partnerships with local business and industry sectors, which ensured the programme being delivered effectively met the needs […]

Sporting Update

Students from Thornaby Academy took part in Tees Valley schools’ rowing finals and were exceptional! Below are the results from the competition: Lewis achieved 3rd place in the Y8 boys’ race with 673m Courtney achieved 5th place in the Y10 girls’ race with 1011m Jake achieved 3rd place in the Y10 boys’ race with 1162m Jordan achieved 7th place in the Y11 boys’ race […]

Timetable information:

11/12/2017 – WEEK B


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


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