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  • Thurston Community College
    Norton Road
    Thurston
    Bury St Edmunds
    Suffolk
    IP31 3PB
  • Head: Miss Helen Wilson
  • T 01359 230885
  • F 01359 230880
  • E admin@thurstoncol…ege.suffolk.sch.uk
  • W www.thurstoncollege.org
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Suffolk
  • Pupils: 1,435; sixth formers: 375
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Main school - September; Sixth Form - November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 2nd May 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 11th February 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The school is divided up into five houses (named after Suffolk luminaries) and pupils belong to a tutor group within a house for registration and academic and pastoral oversight. These smaller units, of around 300, help to give pupils a sense of identity and belonging. Achievement is strongly supported and clear strategies are in place to pick up problems early. Rigorous selection when appointing staff (‘we want the outstanding ones’) and a regular turnover ensures...

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What the school says...

The aim of Thurston Community Collge is to provide an excellent education in a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment, where people are valued and make positive contributions to the College community, and where students enjoy and achieve and go on to attain social and economic well-being as responsible, independent members of society.

As well as being accredited as a National Healthy School we are a flagship school for the Food for Life Partnership and are committed to transforming food culture at the College. We have gained the Eco-Schools Silver Award and our students are encouraged to become ambassadors for environmental issues.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Applied Sciences at an English Comprehensive School (OCR Cambridge National Certificate)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since 2005, Miss Helen Wilson BSc, MBA, NPQH (40s). Studied applied physics with chemistry at Durham, followed by PGCE at Bristol. Previously assistant principal at Comberton village college and vice-principal at Thurston. Her long experience and tremendous dynamism have enabled the school to make a smooth transition from within a three tiered system to becoming an 11-18 school. Extremely personable, lively and direct, she works hard to ensure staff and pupils feel valued. A team player (her management style is described as ’exemplary,’ by Ofsted) she is clear that ‘appointing the right staff and supporting them’ is key to the school’s success. Keeps in close touch and believes in regular meetings (also, three whole staff briefings each week) as the means to picking up on possible problems. Has strong support from parents: 'She has...

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