Thorp Academy is a mixed, mainstream secondary school with sixth form, situated in Ryton, Gateshead. It accommodates 11 to 18-year-old students and has approximately 1,013 enrolled.
Thorp Academy is part of the Northern Education Trust, which is a not-for-profit education charity approved by the Department for Education to establish and maintain primary and secondary academies. The school has recently been refurbished and now has a new STEM building, as well as an updated art block and sports hall.
Vision and values
Thorp Academy aims to teach its students responsibility and to reach for their full potential. The school wants to provide a caring and supportive environment so students can achieve their best. Its one rule is, ‘All students and adults are expected to behave in a responsible manner, both to themselves and others, showing consideration, courtesy and respect at all times.’ Teachers underpin all they do with the 5 Rs: relationships, respect, responsibility, resilience and reflection.
The secondary school has a creative approach to teaching and learning and aims to make each subject interesting and engaging. It has a strong focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), plus English, but also provides its students with a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. The school places great importance on subjects such as art, performing arts, sport and outdoor activities. It runs the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and plans visits to the Lake District to take full advantage of its beautiful surrounding landscapes.