New opportunities for Freebrough Academy

LogoFrom September, Thornaby Academy on Baysdale Road in Thornaby is to be governed by a newly-formed Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which has been created with Freebrough Academy, in Brotton in Redcar as the lead sponsor.

From September, Thornaby Academy on Baysdale Road in Thornaby is to be governed by a newly-formed Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which has been created with Freebrough Academy, in Brotton in Redcar as the lead sponsor. This MAT, which will be called the Teesside Learning Trust, has received approval from the Regional Schools Commissioner as the new Sponsor for Thornaby Academy.

Freebrough was graded as Good by Ofsted in 2015 and the Regional Schools Commissioner has advised that they no longer need to be a sponsored Academy but can form a MAT to build upon the strong relationships and partnerships already in place between the two Academies and to share expertise and resources across both schools.

Teesside University has been the lead sponsor for both Thornaby and Freebrough since 2010, with Thornaby also supported by co-sponsors; Stockton Borough Council, Stockton Riverside College and Stockton Sixth Form College. Last year, Teesside University announced its intention to step away from the sponsorship of both Academies although will continue working with both schools, as it does with feeder schools and colleges across the region to ensure that pupils have access to opportunities and experiences at the University.

“We have been immensely grateful to the leadership and support from Teesside University and our co-sponsors since our foundation, and will continue to work with them to enrich the education and opportunities we deliver to the young people we serve.”