Year 7 Open Evening – Thursday 29 September 2022, 5:30pm-8pm.
Year 7 Open Days – 4th, 5th and 6th October, 9am-11am – please call us to book 01384 987 973.

Literacy 4 Life (L4L)


Literacy 4 Life is a unique curriculum created for our Key Stage 3 students. It is taught through integrated themes and makes up the majority of the students’ curriculum. Our philosophy incorporates Competency-Based, Personalised and Flipped Learning. In order to facilitate accelerated learning, our curriculum uses technology to extend learning beyond the classroom.

L4L themes provide meaningful contexts in which students have the opportunity to achieve proficiency in a range of competencies. Central to this lies an emphasis on communication literacy taught in context. Each theme gives students the opportunity to acquire diverse skills required to be successful at Key Stage 4, and promotes social responsibility as well as personal reflection and growth.

Our students will face enormous challenges in the coming years, from an economy shaped by rapidly-advancing technologies, to the impact of globalisation. They need the strongest foundation of academic, technical, and problem-solving skills we can offer. The L4L curriculum aims to provide this through greater personalisation, ensuring that each and every student has the knowledge and skills to succeed.

Here’s a short video featuring Year 7 students discussing their first term at Thorns Collegiate Academy:

Year 7 Themes

Citizen Me

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Days of Old

Fairy Tales and Pantomimes





Silent Movies

Off with their Head

Pudding Lane

Grand Designs

Coming and Going


Da Vinci



Please Sir

Over the Top

Take a look at these short videos to see how our L4L topics link to a variety of subject areas.

Mrs S O’Neill

Director of L4L