Academy Council

On behalf of all members of Thistley Hough’s Local Governing Body, I would like to welcome you to the Academy’s website and invite you to find out more about this wonderful place of learning.

Message from the Chair of the Academy Council

A very warm welcome back to all students and staff at the beginning of the new year. As is traditional at this time of year, I am sure that many of you will have made some new year resolutions and I wish you every success in sticking to them.

When I was at school, which was rather a long time ago, my resolutions, usually involved things like making sure that my work was written and presented more neatly, that I always did my homework on time, and that I tried harder with subjects that i didn’t like very much, or found it difficult to understand. I wasn’t always successful at sticking to my resolutions, and now over 40 years later, I still wish that I had tried harder in some areas instead of grumbling about how much I didn’t like some subjects or teachers.

Of course, it’s never too late. I will always remember some advice that was given to me by one teacher, which is that success is largely about stickability. Just keep going, keep trying and stick at things that you find difficult. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you don’t understand and eventually you will get it. If ever I am trying to learn something new, whether it’s to do with technology (which I know very little about) or learning a new skill, such as ice skating, I keep reminding myself that I just need to stick at it. That’s important advice for all of us, whether we are 15 or 55 years old. Keep trying, keep at it and you will have some success.

At Thistley Hough Academy we believe passionately in supporting and encouraging all our students to keep trying and to be successful in what they do. We pride ourselves on offering a well-rounded education for all students. We offer a broad curriculum as well as a wide choice of extra-curricular activities including opportunities to get involved in national and international activities.

We welcome students of all abilities and backgrounds and place great importance on meeting the needs of every individual student. We aim to develop strong relationships with parents and carers and want to work with you to provide the best education for your son or daughter. More and more parents and students are choosing Thistley Hough Academy as their first choice for secondary education. Last year we were one of the most improved schools in the country and the 2017 examination results demonstrate significant and continued improvements.

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on some changes in leadership and governance. Mrs Holly Hartley, Principal, will resume her normal duties at Thistley Hough following the end of her temporary secondment to The Hart School, to cover a period of sickness.The Academy sponsors, Creative Education Trust, have introduced some changes to the role and remit of the Local Governing Body, which will now be known as the Academy Council. Membership of this group comprises the existing governors of Thistley Hough Academy and there will be an increased focus on community matters.

Education is a partnership between parents, carers and staff at the Academy. Please contact the Academy if you wish to discuss matters relating to the education or wellbeing of your son or daughter.

Together, we can ensure that all our students can look forward to a bright and fulfilling future.

Gill Howland

Chair of Academy Council



The Academy Council for Thistley Hough Academy:

Non Governors

  • Jayne Schofield – Vice Principal
  • Heather Hodges – Senior Assistant Principal
  • David Fenney – Assistant Principal
  • Darren Sanders – Assistant Principal
  • Katie Jackson – Assistant Principal
  • Ian Brailsford – Assistant Principal
  • Julie Evans – Operations Manager
  • Christopher Dillon – Assistant Principal

The AC will meet once per half term on a Tuesday evening. The Sub Committee’s will meet as follows,
The Confidence and Community Committee will meet once per term.
The Chair of the AC, can be contacted in writing via Miss Chloe Davis, Clerk to the LGB.