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Thistley Hough Academy is a mixed community secondary school located in the village of Penkhull in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The school was built in 1938 as a school for girls but now caters for both girls and boys aged 11–16. It was originally housed in a classical Art Deco building. The old building has since been demolished and a new £15,000,000 school has been constructed. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building took place in September 2011 and was opened in May 2013 by the Chairman of Stoke City Football Club Peter Coates.IdentityThe academy’s motto is “my open eyes desire the truth”, which is adapted from the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem “Freedom”. The original line appears in the following stanza of the poem:“Her open eyes desire the truth. The wisdom of a thousand years Is in them. May perpetual youth Keep dry their light from tears;”The motto was originally adopted in 1938 when the school first opened as a girls' grammar school, and was re-established as the school motto in 2012.HistoryThe school was first opened in 1938. The current academy colours - green and purple - date from the school's inception as a grammar school for girls. The first headmistress, Miss Bamber, was a member of the suffragette movement. Local pottery companies donated pieces of pottery for the school's reception area. The pottery is still displayed in the school library today.
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