New Head set to inspire at The Academy Grimsby

Mr Thundercliffe pictured outside The Academy Grimsby.

The Academy Grimsby has welcomed a new Head Teacher, Mr Paul Thundercliffe, who has previously worked at local schools, including Cleethorpes Academy. Mr Thundercliffe is an Ofsted graded Outstanding Teacher and will lead the team responsible for the teaching and learning of young people aged 14-16 in core GCSEs and Health Care & Engineering specialisms.

Mr Thundercliffe, who was born and raised in the region, joined The Academy Grimsby at the beginning of January and has seen a successful career in education after training at The Welsh College of Music and Drama. On qualification Mr Thundercliffe taught Drama at Rectory School in London between 1997 and 2001 before returning to Grimsby and joining Cleethorpes Academy, formerly The Lindsey School, where he remained until 2014.

The Academy Grimsby is a brand new school and alternative route to Further and Higher Education or employment for young people in North East Lincolnshire that opened last September.

This exciting new venture, which forms part of the Grimsby Institute Group, invites young people interested in gaining skills and qualifications in the Engineering & Health Care sectors to receive specialised training alongside traditional GCSE qualifications. The aim of the school is predominantly to prepare and equip young people with the skills required for successful careers in these growing sectors in our region.

Joining the Group from January 2015, Mr Thundercliffe said: “I am delighted to be joining the Grimsby Institute Group to make such an exciting provision work for the young people of the local community. There is a real need to couple strong academic success with vocational qualifications that will enable our learners to access so many different pathways at 16.”

Married with two children, Mr Thundercliffe, is also a successful writer who is noted for his work on former Grimsby Town Manager Alan Buckley’s autobiography Pass and Move – My Story.

His career has included writing and directing plays and saw him becoming Lindsey School’s Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Progress and Intervention in 2010, seeing the school achieve their best results ever recorded. As Assistant Headteacher at Cleethorpes Academy he oversaw an improvement in GCSE results and the best ever value added score last summer. Mr Thundercliffe was nominated for Teacher of the Year in the Grimsby Telegraph’s Community Awards 2014.

Mr Thundercliffe continued: “The current cohort at The Academy Grimsby are an excellent and enthusiastic group, very aspirational and aware of the need to work hard. The plans we have for the future include a further expansion of the already impressive site and further pathways that will encourage learners that The Academy Grimsby is a fantastic place to study.”

Why not come along to our next Open Event on Tuesday 20th January from 4pm-6pm.  You’ll be able to meet Mr Thundercliffe and have a tour of The Academy Grimsby and it’s facilities.  We will also be holding talks about The Academy Grimsby and what it can offer young people at 4.15pm & 5.15pm.