Thorns Collegiate Academy


Thorns Collegiate Academy

Dancers, engineers, scientists, charity fundraisers, future politicians, lawyers – no matter what a student wants to become, they will find a starting point at Thorns Collegiate Academy.

Mr Manny Kelay, Principal, states: “Students are at the heart of what we do – we believe in building futures right from the start in Year 7, making every moment count until our students leave Year 11 with the highest possible standard of academic qualification.”

Be your best self 

Vice Principal Charlotte Taylor speaks of the opportunities given to students:

“Examples can be seen everywhere you look, from our Prefect Team, who embody leadership opportunities at all Academy events, to our Dance Clubs, which showcase the highest of standards, to our musicians performing in the Thorns Exchange event to a packed auditorium, and our Mathematicians, who regularly place highly in the UK Maths Challenge.

“Whatever talent our students possess, we strive to develop it with them.”

A caring academy 

Director of L4L Sarah O’Neill, commented on the transition process: “Our students are well cared for – Year 6 have two Induction Days, which this year were delivered virtually.” 

This ensures students arrive knowing the Academy, ready to learn in September. 

We operate an innovative curriculum called Literacy for Life, which bridges the gap between the primary experience, and the academic specialism of Key Stage 4. Each student has one form tutor, who delivers a cross-curricular thematic curriculum in Year 7 for 17 hours. 

Every student has a computer accessible for all lessons, so we can explore a wide range of ideas and vary our ways of working. Most importantly, the Year 7 tutor cares for their students in the way a Year 11 teacher would traditionally focus on GCSE results – those students are the core of that teacher’s week, so they are nurtured, cared for, known and developed in a way many secondary schools cannot offer. 

As an Academy, we are confident that our lessons develop well rounded, knowledgeable young people, ready for a place in the modern world. 

Amazing opportunities 

Thorns is part of the Collegiate Academy Trust, partnered with Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, who have, for a number of years, set an outstanding example for learning. These high standards and their technological expertise are opening a new wave of opportunities for students at Thorns. 

Students benefit from amazing opportunities – entering the F1 for schools, Drone Club and STEM work designing technological solutions for blind and visually impaired pupils amongst many others. 

Mr Kelay, Principal of the Academy, is clear on the driving force behind the school: “Every parent looks for a secondary school which will help their child move into the future with the best possible chance of success. We look forward to playing our part in that journey to success.”

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Thorns Collegiate Academy

Stockwell Ave

Quarry Bank

Brierley Hill





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