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

As we begin a new term, and a new academic year, Governors would like to give a very warm welcome to new students and new members of staff, as well as welcoming back established members of staff and students.  Many congratulations to last year’s Y11 students for their excellent achievements in external examinations.  We wish you every success for the future and remind you that Thistley Hough would love to hear from you in the future, and that we are here to help and advise you at any time.

We are very proud that we move into the new academic year confident in the knowledge that Thistley Hough has been recognised by Ofsted as a Good school.  At Thistley Hough Academy we believe passionately in providing a well-rounded education for pupils.  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 pupil. 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 this year’s examination results demonstrate   significant and continued improvements.

I am delighted to welcome a number of new members of staff:

New Members of Staff 2017/18

We are delighted to welcome several new members of staff to our team:

Emma Bethel Teacher of Science
Stephanie Wright Teacher of English
Steven Moran Teacher of English
Elizabeth Messenger Teacher of MFL
Laura Wake Lead Practitioner Maths
Hayley Stewart Teacher of Maths
Dave Fenney AP Director of Data and Assessment
Dave Morgans Teacher of Maths
Liam Elikowski Teacher of Humanities
Cassandra Moulton Teacher of English
Evelyn Aboraah Teacher of Maths
Peter Dale Science Technician
Claudia Forster Teacher Support Assistant
Chloe Davies Receptionist
Hannah Belfield Trainee Teacher of Art

There will also be some temporary changes to the leadership of the school.  Mrs Hartley, who has been our Principal for the last four years will be taking up a position as Executive Principal of both Thistley Hough Academy and The Hart School in Rugeley, whose Principal is currently recovering from surgery.  Mrs Hartley will retain oversight of Thistley Hough, whilst its day to day management and leadership will be the responsibility of the current Vice Principal, Mrs Reid who will be working closely with Ms Schofield, Senior Assistant Principal. I hope that you will join Members of the Governing Body in supporting Mrs Reid and Ms Schofield, who have the full confidence of the Governors.

The autumn term is always very busy as new students settle into their studies and teachers and students get to know one another.  It is also the term where a large part of the curriculum is covered, so it is important that students settle quickly into good learning habits as this will give them a good start towards success for the future.

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.

Gill Howland


Chair, Thistley Hough Academy Council



The Academy Council for Thistley Hough Academy:

Non Governors

  • Catherine Reid – Vice Principal
  • Jayne Schofield – Senior Assistant Principal
  • Heather Hodges – Senior Assistant Principal
  • David Fenney – Assistant Principal
  • Darren Sanders – Assistant Principal
  • Amanda Dennison – Assistant Principal
  • Ian Brailsford – Assistant Principal
  • Julie Evans – Operations Manager
  • Paul Hughes – Acting Assistant Principal

The LGB will meet once per half term on a Tuesday evening. The Sub Committee’s will meet as follows,

The Academic Performance and Co-curricular Committee will meet once per half term.
The People and Premises Committee will meet once per half term.
The Behaviour Committee will meet once per term.
The Confidence and Community Committee will meet once per term.
The Chair of the LGB, can be contacted in writing via Mrs Claire Holmes, Clerk to the LGB.