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Thorns Community College
Type Foundation school
Headteacher Mr Andy Cox
Location Stockwell Avenue
Brierley Hill
West Midlands
England England
DfE number 332/4018
DfE URN 103853 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1245
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website Thorns Community College

Thorns Community College is a secondary school located in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, England.


It serves the southern half of Brierley Hill around Withymoor Village and Quarry Bank. The school is a specialist Arts College. Like most schools in Dudley LEA, it has no sixth form.

The school was opened in September 1977 to replace Quarry Bank Boys School and Quarry Bank Girls School, two schools which had existed on Coppice Lane since the early 1930s. The new school was situated on Stockwell Avenue and now has more than 1,300 pupils aged 11–16 on the roll. In 2002 it became a performing arts college.

The first buildings at the present site were opened in the early 1970s as an annexe to the Quarry Bank school for older pupils. By 1975, almost 20 mobile classrooms had been erected at the new site in Stockwell Avenue as it now accommodated the majority of the school's pupils. A second building was added in 1977 as the Coppice Lane buildings were closed and the school was now located on the same site with a new name.

The buildings on Coppice Lane were demolished soon afterwards and redeveloped for housing; one for council housing, the other for private housing.

Two more classroom blocks were added during the 1980s and the most recent building was opened in 1991, by which time the school had 1,200 pupils following the first intake of 11-year-olds in September 1990 - the starting age for pupils in the local area had increased to 12 in 1972.

It is named after Thorns Road (A4036). Other schools to form the school are the Quarry Bank Senior Girls and Quarry Bank Senior Boys when in Staffordshire on Coppice Lane which became the Quarry Bank Secondary Modern School, and another was the Mill Street Technical College. The site on Coppice Lane closed in 1977.

In September 2008, it became a trust school, part of The Stourbridge Educational Trust (TSET), along with other Stourbridge secondary schools, [Pedmore Technology College], [Redhill School, Stourbridge] and [Ridgewood High School, West Midlands].

On the College site over the past year, Thorns Community Learning Village has been developed,[1] comprising Thorns Primary School, Thorns Community College and a school for students with special needs, which will replace the facilities currently provided by Old Park School.

Thorns community college is a performing arts college. It won the ARTS mark gold twice, and has a dance studio, a drama theatre, a drama club and dance club. It has won awards for its performances in dance, drama and music. Also every year it holds a dance festival.

The college does extra evening classes for adults including art, dance, cooking, and football. These courses usually last for about eight weeks.

On the Thorns Community College Website you can Login with a password and username and check your child's daily report, see what lessons they've got that day, see any behaviour events that child has got. You can also see what's in the school's diary.

GCSE results attained by pupils leaving the school are consistently around the national average.

Famous alumni include the footballer Trevor Smith.

The English, ICT and Vocational Education block at the school was declared unsafe in September 2010 and the cost of making it safe was estimated at £600,000. 11 mobile classrooms will be put into place to replace these buildings until they are remedied or rebuilt.[2]


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Coordinates: 52°28′05″N 2°07′02″W / 52.4681°N 2.1171°W / 52.4681; -2.1171

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Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Mail
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:55:24 -0700

Dudley school ratings: Thorns Community College, Brierley Hill. 02:43, 28 Sep 2013; Updated 16:37, 17 Dec 2013; By Birmingham Mail. How Thorns Community College ranks plus more information about the Brierley Hill school. Shares. Get daily news by ...

Dudley News

Dudley News
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:33:52 -0700

Thorns Community College increased by four per cent, with 45 per cent of pupils achieving the top grades this year compared to 41 per cent last year. Wordsley School dropped by four per cent, with 50 per cent of pupils achieving the gold standard last ...


Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:39:39 -0700

... turned a Blind Eye ( apart from the retaliation ). Shame on them, shame on the School & shame on the Govenorss for letting it get this bad. My Grandson goes to "Big School" in September & my daughter managed to get him into Thorns Community College!


Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:11:11 -0700

The biggest bill for agency staff was at the Thorns Community College in Brierley Hill, which spent £152,000. More than 75 schools in Dudley have paid to use agency staff since September. Councillor Tim Crumpton, who is in charge of children's services ...

Stourbridge News

Stourbridge News
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:35:12 -0700

... yesterday (Wednesday) while Labour's Pete Lowe went back to his old school Thorns Community College in Quarry Bank. Ms James said she wanted to showcase the Pedmore school's "commitment to music, arts and other enrichment activities" to Mr Javid ...


Sat, 09 May 2015 10:03:45 -0700

They are based at Thorns Community College in Brierley Hill. They became an internet sensation last year with a dancing grannies routine. Performing a mash-up of Beyonce's Single Ladies and Flo Rida's Low at the Stourbridge Carnival, their video was ...

Stourbridge News

Stourbridge News
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 05:15:26 -0700

She added that she will be at Thorns Community College, Quarry Bank, on Monday evenings at 6.30pm for anyone who wishes to continue Zumba with her. Miss Jones, aged 24, of Amblecote, said the closure had "come as a shock", although she had noticed ...


Thu, 09 Jul 2015 05:33:45 -0700

... Shukokai Karate Club, who won medals competing in the WUKF European Championships, (left-right) Farren Brown, 13, of Halesowen, Harvey Hawkes, 12, of Quarry Bank, and Ruth Harrison, 13, of Halesowen, at Thorns Community College, Quarry Bank.

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