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


Exploring the business behind Middlesbrough Football Club

A group of students have begun an eight week programme, delivered by Middlesbrough Football Club where they will gain an ASDAN qualification upon completion. Both year groups involved will achieve the Premier League Core Programme ASDAN Award. The Year 8 students involved have been selected to take part in the ASDAN programme, delivered by Middlesbrough […]

World AIDS Day – Friday 1 December 2017

Thornaby Academy is participating in World AIDS Day on the Friday 01 December 2017. Despite advances in Science people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV; stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV.  HIV Awareness Day is important as it reminds the public and Government […]

Remembrance Sunday

Four Year 10 students, along with the Principal, represented Thornaby Academy at the Remembrance Service held at the Thornaby cenotaph on Sunday 12 November 2017.  The four students, Matthew, Kelsey, Lucy and Luke joined a large gathering of local people and local dignitaries, including Thornaby Mayor, Mr Walmsley to pay tribute to the armed services past […]

Invaluable skills help student to ‘Restart a Heart’

Learning lifesaving skills as part of ‘Restart a Heart Day’, delivered by the North East Ambulance Service, Year 7 students at Thornaby Academy took part in a national campaign at the end of the last half term.   Y8 student, Tyler, was there when his Mum, Donna collapsed at their home at the beginning of […]

Timetable information:

11/12/2017 – WEEK B


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