Thurston Community College

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Thurston Community College
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Thurston Community College
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Coordinates 52°15′17″N0°48′35″E / 52.25465°N 0.80964°E / 52.25465; 0.80964 Coordinates: 52°15′17″N0°48′35″E / 52.25465°N 0.80964°E / 52.25465; 0.80964
Type Community school
MottoLoyaute me lie
(Loyalty binds me)
Local authority Suffolk
Department for Education URN 124802 Tables
Ofsted Reports
PrincipalNicola Matin
Chairman of GovernorsCler Hobbs
Gender Coeducational
Age11to 18
HousesGainsborough, Rendell, Anderson, Penrose, Wolsey
Blue, Gold, Red

Thurston Community College is a co-educational secondary school and sixth form located in Thurston, Suffolk, England. As of 2018, it has 1,733 students aged 11–18 drawn from the local village and surrounding rural communities. [1]



Thn Community College was founded in 1973, and was originally known as Thurston Upper School. [2]

Transition to two-tier education structure

In September 2014, the school underwent a large transition in order to become a secondary school and follow the two-tier education structure. Because of this, the Thurston Sixth Form Centre was relocated to Beyton, on the site of the former Beyton Middle School, and is now known as Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus. This also meant that the most junior year group was lowered from Year 9 to Year 7. The old Sixth Form Centre, now a humanities department, was opened in 2002 by Rt Hon David Puttnam.

The college today

The school's facilities include a community library, a large sixth form centre (based in Beyton) and an Air Training Corps building. It has a total staff of around 170. In its most recent Ofsted inspection report in 2018, the school was rated Good. [3] The school has been rated Good every inspection except for in 2010 when the school was rated outstanding. [4]


Until 2020, the school was divided into five houses, named after famous British people with Suffolk connections. The school has changed these houses into year group blocks. [5]


?–2005 Chris Bowler

2005–2021 Helen Wilson

2021–present Nicola Mattin (formerly head teacher of Spires Academy, Canterbury) [6]

Notable former pupils

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  2. "History" (PDF). Thurston Community College. Retrieved 4 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Thurston Community College". Ofsted. May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  4. "Thurston Community College". Ofsted. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  5. "Thurston College - Leadership Team". 6 May 2016. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  6. Ghaemi, Mariam (16 July 2021). "Retiring headteacher says she 'pretty much loved every minute'". East Anglian Daily Times (in en-UK). Retrieved 4 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  7. Daniel Wakelin

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