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Thorp Academy

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Thorp Academy
Thorp Logo.png
Motto Together we achieve
Established 1861
Type Academy
Executive Principal A Jordan[1]
Head of Academy Karen Hailes
Chair of Local Governing Body William Purvis
Location Main Road
Tyne and Wear
NE40 3AH
54°58′20″N 1°46′27″W / 54.9722°N 1.7741°W / 54.9722; -1.7741Coordinates: 54°58′20″N 1°46′27″W / 54.9722°N 1.7741°W / 54.9722; -1.7741
Local authority Gateshead
DfE URN 141185 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 90
Students 1021
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses  Tyne   Derwent   Woodside   Gibside 
Academy Sponsor Northern Education Trust
Website School website

Thorp Academy is a secondary school in Ryton, Tyne and Wear, England. The school teaches students who come mostly from the local Ryton and Crawcrook area, though some students residing in Greenside, Prudhoe and Winlaton also attend.

The school is named after Charles Thorp who was a rector of the parish of Ryton and, later, Archdeacon of Durham and the first warden of the University of Durham.


The Thorp School, a Church of England Foundation, was built in 1861. In 1890 there were 200 pupils and 7 teachers. The school name was changed to Ryton Comprehensive School (date unknown). In 2005 there were 1270 pupils with over 200 in the sixth form, and 84 teachers.

Ryton Comprehensive School was threatened with closure as part of a review of secondary education in Gateshead in 2009.[2] It was eventually decided that the school should remain open. The school's rating declined during this time from "good, with outstanding features"[3] to receiving a Notice to Improve in 2011[4] which was removed in March 2012 when the school was judged Satisfactory.[5] The school was judged to have serious deficiencies in September 2013.[5][6]

In 2003/4 the school improved some facilities thanks to a £3 million investment by Gateshead LEA[citation needed] and the Big Lottery Fund.[7] That development saw the construction of an additional sports hall, three new science laboratories, a purpose-built drama studio, a suite of music rooms, enhanced art and graphics areas and new modern foreign language classrooms.[citation needed] More recently[when?] the LA[clarification needed] invested £2 million in a new classroom block housing Learning Support and Art/Media.[citation needed]

The school has a ‘Millennium Centre’ which provides facilities for independent study and a library.[citation needed]

In 2011 Hookergate School in High Spen was closed due to falling numbers, and merged with Ryton Comprehensive.[8] The Hookergate site remained open for the academic year 2011–12 to provide education for years 8, 9 and 11.

The school changed its name to Charles Thorp Comprehensive School[9] in September 2011. The uniform changed from a maroon blazer, blue shirt, blue striped tie and grey trousers to a blue shirt, grey jumper and black trousers.[citation needed]

In 2013, the school announced plans to convert to an academy. The sponsor, Northern Education Trust, was confirmed in 2014. The conversion occurred in September 2014 with the school being renamed Thorp Academy.[10]

The school today

The school has recently opened a new STEM building which houses Science, Technology, Computer Science and Mathematics classrooms. The new building opened in the Easter of 2016. Another new building will open on the site of the old school buildings in the Easter of 2017.[11][12]

External links


  1. ^ "Staff – Key Contacts – Academy Leadership Team". Thorp Academy. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Teachers in battle to keep Gateshead school". Retrieved January 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Ryton Comprehensive School : Ofsted Report". Retrieved January 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Ryton Comprehensive rated as 'inadequate'". Retrieved January 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Gateshead school told to improve after 'inadequate' rating". Retrieved January 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Serious weaknesses monitoring inspection of Charles Thorp Comprehensive School". Retrieved January 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "Details of grants over £100,000 made during the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004" (PDF). Retrieved January 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Pupils celebrate Hookergate School's closure". Retrieved January 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "New name for Ryton Comprehensive School" (PDF). Retrieved January 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "Northern Education Trust". 
  11. ^ Hannah Graham (2016-01-15). "New 'STEM' building opens at Thorp Academy in Ryton". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  12. ^ "New STEM Block". Thorp Academy. 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2017-04-08.