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Child Development

I wanted to thank you for all of the kind encouragement and support that you give your students. I can tell how much care and hard work you put into preparing my daughter and the other students for their exams and we very much appreciate that.

My daughter really enjoys the Child Development lessons, she came home so enthusiastic after hearing the speaker you arranged to come in the other week. It is lovely to hear all about what she does and see how it inspires her.

Parent of a Year 10 Student

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Principal's Message

29 March 2018

Helen Wilson, PrincipalThe spring term is always a very important one for Year 6 pupils in primary schools who receive confirmation of their secondary places for September.  We have been delighted to support the transition of pupils to Thurston Community College with our Tuesday Club and STEM Festival.

It was a pleasure to see dozens of excited Year 6 primary school pupils from across our catchment area and beyond enjoying after-school classes every Tuesday throughout the term.  Tuesday Club this year offered lessons with our teachers in Mathematics, Science, Art, Media, Languages and Performing Arts.  The pupils learned a huge amount and were excited to use our specialist facilities.

We also hosted our annual STEM Festival at Thurston Sixth, Beyton Campus, attended by 300 Year 6 pupils who enjoyed the opportunity to engage in some hands on Science and to compete against each other in our tricky Mathematics challenge.  I was very proud of the 24 Year 10 students and Sixth Formers who supported this event and were excellent Science and Mathematics role models for the younger children.


We are really proud to continue our record as the leading school for the government’s flagship National Citizen Service programme.  At the time of writing we have 96 Year 11 students enrolled for the summer, making us a ‘Gold Champion School’.  The programme will see our students go on two five-night residential experiences before coming back to carry out a project to improve the community.  To graduate, students have to complete 30 hours of service.  This means that over the summer, Thurston students will be completing nearly 3,000 hours work to improve their local community.  If you are in Year 11 and still haven’t signed up, you can do so at http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/

As the spring term draws to a close, I would like to thank students, staff, parents and members of our wider community for your tremendous commitment and support.  We have faced a number of challenges in recent weeks, including a visit from an Ofsted Inspection Team and a security alert which potentially threatened our safety and wellbeing.  In all cases, I have been immensely proud of the way in which our community has united in a common purpose, putting our best foot forward, with individuals working collaboratively to support one another.  The outcomes of these challenges have highlighted the many and varied strengths of Thurston Community College.

I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable break over the Easter period.  For our Year 11 and Year 13 students and supporters, I hope you have your revision plans ready and are able to spend your time productively in preparation for your forthcoming examinations.

I look forward to welcoming our students and staff back for the start of the Summer Term on Monday 16 April.

Best wishes

Helen Wilson


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