*This video has been provided by BBC Look North and is a report by Mark Tulip
THORP ACADEMY has officially launched an exciting sports scholarship programme for students.
The Ryton-based secondary school and sixth form college is building on its finest ever GCSE results in 2016 by heading into a brand new era in style.
The first batch of scholars on the Elite Performer Programme have already been rolled out and will receive a range of benefits after being identified as possessing fantastic sporting potential.
Rugby player Jake Boyle, who is heading over to Newcastle Falcons after impressive spells at county and club level, said: "it's great to be involved in and has boosted our confidence as individuals.
"I'm hoping to progress both academically and in sport while I am on the scheme. It will really bring us all on as individuals, it's very exciting."
More scholars will be added to the scheme in the months ahead, with current Year 6s invited to apply for a place on the scheme.
Thorp's fantastic EPP has been launched ahead of Septembers fresh intake, when students can celebrate moving into a new build with state-of-the-art facilities by aiming to excel in a their specialised sport.