A couple of years ago I was privileged to be present when Estelle Morris, the Baroness of Yardley, opened the STEM block at Thorp Academy. This was shortly before the old school buildings (where I […]
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Another year of Sixth Form success for Thorp Academy
The 2018 A-level results at Thorp Academy demonstrate another year of positive results, which were once again above national average. Thorp Academy is one of ten secondary academies operated by Northern Education Trust (NET), a […]
Thorp Academy – Babes in the Wood, 18th – 19th December
I’ve seen many wonderful productions at Thorp Academy. Click on https://rytonian.com/?s=thorp+academy There is a chance to see Year 10 GCSE drama student in action next week. For full details contact the Academy finance office. […]
Sporting opportunities at Thorp Academy
Thorp Academy, which is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust, has officially launched an exciting new sports scholarship programme for students. The Academy is building on its finest ever GCSE results in 2016 by heading […]
New Principal at Thorp Academy Sets the Bar Higher
Andrew Jordon (pictured with students above) is the new executive principal at Thorp Academy, which is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust (NET). He has confidently set the bar higher for its students and staff […]
Success for the Thorp Academy Debating Team!
Students from Thorp Academy (Thorp) in Ryton, have reached the regional finals of the national Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition. This academically acclaimed competition has been the premier performance for Thorp’s debating team, battling […]
Oh yes they do! St. Agnes do it again!
There was some controversy in the press last week over a head teacher charging a quid per person for parents/relatives to see a nativity play. A right old hooing and hahhing. One father wrote, in […]
Broadway comes to Thorp
The old school hall at Thorp Academy was the keeper of many memories for my peers and me, so it was sad to see it tumble down during the summer. However I was fortunate enough […]
Another year of Sixth Form success for Thorp
Mandy Peel has been in touch with me. Mandy works for the Northern Education Trust (Thorp Academy sponsors) and has been involved in issuing all the good news about their excellent GCSE results. The students […]
Goodbye Domestic Science & Art
These rooms belonged to the Domestic Science and Art departments in my day. Mr. Skelton was my art teacher. He’s a lovely guy and I met him again a few years ago when I visited […]
More Thorp Academy demolition photos
Wednesday, 22nd June, 2016 Saturday 18th June, 2016
Bit by Bit – Thorp update
Thank you so much to Karen of Thorp Academy for taking me to the top of the STEM building this morning to get some photos of the demolition work. Also to the staff of Thompsons […]
Thorp Academy, now and last year
Last July Kay Farrow of Thorp Academy kindly showed me around and allowed me to take photographs inside the classrooms. They were still in use, so I didn’t publish them at the time. Here they […]
Old Thorp Academy, saying goodbye bit by bit
Many thanks to the staff of Sir Robert McAlpine, who allowed me to take some photographs of the gradual demolition of the old Thorp Academy today. Health and safety laws decree that I’m not allowed […]
If, using your own body and without any props or materials, you’ve never been asked to construct a series of objects from a Lynx Helicopter to the Eiffel Tower, or stomp your way through a […]
Thorp Academy, official opening of STEM
I was thrilled when a couple of months ago an invitation dropped onto the mat inviting me to the official opening of the Thorp Academy STEM building. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering […]
Demolition due to begin at Thorp
It’s half term, so while the students have their break, preparation is underway to begin demolishing the old Thorp Academy, to make way for the new. I’ve been down there this foggy autumn morning to […]
The ghost of Thorp past
Mr Hall, of Thorp Academy, has most kindly asked me if I will write (in my blog) about the demise of the old school, and the rise of the new. This will be an on-going […]
I’ve been back to Thorp Academy this afternoon, to tell sixth form students about my day job. What an impressive bunch of young people they all are – and set to lead lives far more […]
It’s a Broadway melody !
I suppose that at any given moment, in any school or college in the country, you will find a young person who is going to be the next Gary Barlow, Katherine Jenkins, Fred Astaire, Dame Maggie […]
Technicolour for the ears! Broadway at Thorp Academy
I was kindly allowed to sit in on a rehearsal of Broadway last night, the new show being staged by students of dramatic art at the Thorp Academy. As they rehearsed ‘The Rhythm of Life’ […]
All the fun……
I’ve heard from a lady called Alison Stancliffe. Alison is a choral singer, and she has kindly emailed to tell me about the Ryton Choral Society. Did you know that there was such a thing? […]
Ryton Festival. Whatever will happen to?
There’s a line in the 1976 film version of the popular TV series Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, where Terry makes reference to Omar Sharif. He says; “If Omar Sharif was born in Gateshead, […]
Ryton Festival – Wendy Craig remembers !
I’ve had a lovely weekend away with Heather, but I was disappointed that it meant having to miss some of the Ryton Festival events. I’ll be going again this Thursday evening however, for the eleventh session in Emma Hall. […]
Does anyone remember Any Questions?
6pm on Friday evening found me sitting in the midst of my old stomping ground, the Charles Thorp Academy school hall, stealthily munching my way through a bag of Haribo while I waited for the […]