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Principal Jonathan Morris and pupils at the site of the new STEM building

An exciting chapter begins for Thorp's new principal

The new executive principal of Thorp Academy could not be joining the academy at a more exciting period in its development

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 28, 2015 | Facilities & buildings

With the first stage of Thorp Academy’s planned redevelopment already complete – the refurbishment of the PE, Art, Music and SEN building – Jonathan Morris is eagerly anticipating the completion of the STEM building (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), which is now within sight and due to be occupied by students returning from their half term holiday at the start of November. 

With over 30 years of teaching experience to his credit, he is no stranger to the region, having worked in the region’s secondary schools throughout his career, most recently at Marden High School in North Tyneside, where he was headteacher. 

Commenting on his new appointment, he said:  “I am really proud to be executive principal of such a prestigious 11-18 school as Thorp Academy. Last year’s A-level results were very strong with 57% of students achieving an A*-B  grade, which is five per cent above the national average and soon, we will have a  brand new STEM building, which will provide a tremendous facility for further improvement. 

“I am very much looking forward to uniting the different communities which feed into the school and making our motto ‘Together We Achieve’, a reality.” 

Ian Kershaw, chief executive of Northern Education Trust, which sponsors Thorp Academy, said:  “Educationists of Jonathan’s calibre are few and far between so we are delighted that he has decided to join us at Thorp Academy. I am confident that in his hands, the academy will reach new heights.”

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