Building Futures from Small Moments

Thorns Collegiate Academy is proud to be part of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust. Our strength is built on a clear vision: Innovate. Inspire. Collaborate. We strive to provide the best education possible for your children so that they make good progress while they are in our care. Children at Thorns form strong and positive relationships with their teachers and enjoy the time they spend with us.

  • TCA Prospectus

    PRINT READY Prospectus 2020 2021

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  • Opportunities at Thorns

  • Extra-Curricular Activities

    Extra Curricular Guide TCA

  • L4L - Literacy For Life

    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.


  • Thorns Against Bullying

    At Thorns we believe strongly that a schools involvement in tackling bullying should not start at the point at which a student has been bullied. Instead we have developed an ethos to prevent bullying happening in the first place. If bullying does occur, we have specially trained staff in our Behaviour Management System (BMS) who would respond promptly, support the bullied pupil and ensure that bullying does not happen again.

    In addition to this we also have a student-led Thorns Against Bullying (TAB) group, designed for students to share any concerns they may have with their peers. Our TAB members receive regular training on how to deal with sensitive issues.

  • Teachers & Parents - Working Together

    Giving parents a voice – a say on Academy matters and involvement in decision making on issues that affect students – enables us to effectively meet the needs of our community.

    Family Forum

    • Through our regular Family Forum meetings we aim to create an open and welcoming culture, providing multiple opportunities for parents and carers to be involved.


    • Our PTFA play a vital role in building the Academy community. Whilst fund-raising is a major part of our PTFA’s activities, and directly contributes to the improvement of the Academy, forming relationships and developing links with the wider society also benefit the academy, whilst offering a positive influence within the local area.
    • So why not join our PTFA? You can benefit your son/daughter, improve their educational environment and make friends too.


    Celebrating Success

    • Recognising and celebrating success is a very powerful motivator for students because it reinforces the purpose of their hard work whilst also showing appreciation for their achievements. This, in turn, boosts self-esteem and it motivates individuals to take the next step towards achieving the next goal.
    • At Thorns we use our social media platforms to not only promote upcoming events and opportunities, but to also share student success with the local community and our families. This recognition creates positive classroom communities and raises the aspirations of our students. We understand that in some cases, uploading images of certain students is not always appropriate, but wherever possible we would encourage parents/carers to give their consent for their child’s image to be used.

    Student Attendance

    • A crucial role that parents and carers can play in their children’s education is to ensure they meet our high expectations of attendance levels.
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  • Contact Us
    Thorns Collegiate Academy, Stockwell Avenue, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 2NU
    01384 816225