Thurston Community College

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Thurston Community College
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Location
Thurston Community College
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IP31 3PB

England
Coordinates 52°15′17″N0°48′35″E / 52.25465°N 0.80964°E / 52.25465; 0.80964
Information
Type Community school
MottoLoyaute me lie
(Loyalty binds me)
Established1973
Local authority Suffolk
Department for Education URN 124802 Tables
Ofsted Reports
PrincipalMaeve Taylor
Chairman of GovernorsRobert Davie
Staff170
Gender Coeducational
Age11to 18
Enrolment1,733
Colour(s)   
Blue, Gold, Red
Website http://www.thurstoncollege.org/

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]

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History

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

In 2023, the school was one of those identified as having buildings that could be structurally unsound because reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete had been used in their construction. [3]

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. [4] The school has been rated Good every inspection except for in 2010 when the school was rated outstanding. [5]

A new external building was constructed in 2023, containing 3 social sciences classrooms and 2 science labs. [6]

Houses

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. [7]

New houses are to be implemented from 2024, however, they are still unannounced.

Principals

? - 2005 | Chris Bowler

2005 - 2021 | Helen Wilson

2021 - 2023 | Nicki Mattin (Formerly head teacher of Spires Academy, Canterbury). [8]

2023 - Present | Maeve Taylor [9] (Interim principal from Claydon High School).

Notable former pupils

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References

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  2. "History" (PDF). Thurston Community College. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  3. Duncan, Pamela; García, Carmen Aguilar (6 September 2023). "Schools in England affected by Raac: the full government list". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2023.
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  8. Ghaemi, Mariam (16 July 2021). "Retiring headteacher says she 'pretty much loved every minute'". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
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  10. Daniel Wakelin

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