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Celebrating Success. Celebrating the Arts.

A message from Mr Kelay

I wish to formally introduce myself to you all as I embark on the first days of my headship here at Thorns Community College. cont…


ThornsComColOctober93Mr G Baker – Acting Principal

Welcome to Thorns Community College.  We are a warm and welcoming school with traditional values of courtesy and respect underpinning our strong curriculum and varied enhancement activities.

Those choosing a secondary school for the first time make perhaps the most complex and emotional decision a family faces.  You want to be certain that you choose a school that gains excellent qualifications of course, but that is just the starting point.  Schools are about so much more than examination results.  Having a strong sporting tradition; excellence within the arts, science or mathematics; and opportunities for student leadership, are all important features of preparing young people for the complex world that they face beyond school.  We have a range of leadership opportunities for students to become involved with, whether as mentor, prefect, parliament member or even head boy or girl.  All students are encouraged to take on a leadership role at some level throughout their time.

At Thorns we aim to provide opportunities for all of our students that enable them to flourish academically, personally and spiritually.  I firmly believe that the opportunity to succeed is a fundamental part of how schools should structure their activities.  After all, praise is never lost on children, no matter how small the success – we all thrive on being told when we have done well.

We place a strong emphasis upon the quality of our lessons and the activities designed for our students.  A day at Thorns should be varied, challenging and enjoyable.  Our Gifted and Talented students achieve consistently outstanding results – this year being no exception, and frequently go on to study at Russell Group Universities.  We are equally proud of our tradition of catering for students with special needs and include everyone within our definition of success. In February 2014 Ofsted gave us a platform from which to continue our improvement work which in turn was commended in late June by our HMI Inspector Mrs Mel Ford.  She wrote that our college is, “taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection.”  A copy of the full monitoring report, including our continuing areas for improvement, is available in the Ofsted section of this site.

Thorns Community College is also a member of The Stourbridge Educational Trust and the Stour Valley Collaborative.  For our staff that means that the very best educational practice amongst the four secondary schools and partner primary schools is shared through training courses; and for students, events like the TSET Olympics give our young people the chance to try sports such as fencing, climbing and lacrosse as well as more “main stream” events.  We look forward to defending the winners’ trophy next year.

Thorns is an ambitious school developing quickly. We want to provide the best education and the best experiences for our students.  In doing so we promote traditional values and offer a strong curriculum understood and valued by employers and sixth form colleges alike.Please take the time to come and visit us.  You will be very welcome.

Gary Baker
Acting Principal.

Latest News

07 April 2017

A Truly Inspiring Story

Year 10 historians were privileged and honoured to welcome holocaust survivor Henry Schachter to Thorns yesterday. Henry’s story of survival during the Second World War was both moving and enriching. It was a powerful lesson and gave a first-hand insight into Nazi Germany, a topic that the students are currently studying.

Dance Production 2017

The 2017 Dance Production…what can we say? WOW! Both nights were immense. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their efforts, and congratulate all of our dancers on their truly remarkable performances. A DVD of the second night, filmed from five different camera angles, is in production and will be available […]

06 April 2017

Blowing in the Wind

Miss Turley’s Year 7 D&T group have been working extremely hard in the workshop this term, designing and producing wind chimes. The results have been outstanding. Well done everyone!