We know the world does not operate in neat boxes, that learning crosses subject boundaries, and that happy learners make most progress. Literacy 4 Life is the most unique part of our curriculum. Designed and tested by Shireland over a number years, it provides an outstanding grounding in the skills required for academic life in a secondary school. Year 7 spend the majority of their time with a specialist form tutor, who is responsible for their transition from Primary School, but also their academic progress across English and the Humanities. L4L lessons are delivered in a dedicated building, equipped to the highest standards. Where specialist subject equipment is required, students move into the main academy building for their lessons, which allows us to gradually integrate them into the demands of wider academy life. We believe that this approach prepares our learners to think across disciplines, to build creative links between subjects and to seize the opportunities the world beyond Thorns will offer them.