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 I am delighted to be introducing myself to you as the Principal of Thurston Community College and to be welcoming you to our website.  This is a crucial time for us all as we begin to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, face new challenges and explore exciting opportunities in the months ahead. 

Our Thurston Campus, for students from Year 7 to Year 11 is situated four miles east of Bury St Edmunds. Thurston Sixth; Beyton Campus is located in the nearby village of Beyton, offering a bespoke centre of excellence for students in Year 12 and Year 13.

Thurston Community College is a large popular secondary school which takes pride in ensuring every young person leaves empowered with the knowledge and skills to help them make meaningful choices in life and to contribute positively to the world they live in.

We are a school that boasts a strong sense of community and prides itself on its culture of high expectations and values.  The wellbeing and education of every young person is fundamental to us.  We work hard to provide a safe and happy environment within which every student can grow and achieve personal, social and academic success.  We are proud of our inclusive approach and strive to ensure learning is enjoyable and seen as a lifelong process.

Students at Thurston Community College are successful, and this is demonstrated by their excellent examination results, their renowned involvement in a wide range of sporting and creative performances and the number of whom complete our sixth form and go on to study at top universities.

“Inspire, Empower, Achieve” underpins our mission statement; a declaration, written by students, staff and governors, which establishes the importance of these guiding principles in our community.

Our ambition is that every student will:

  • be inspired by learning
  • be empowered to seize life’s opportunities 
  • leave Thurston Community College as a happy, confident and well rounded young person, having achieved their full potential.

Whether you are reading this as an existing parent of the College, a potential parent, a visitor or prospective employee, I hope that you will find all you need and get a sense of what we are about.  You may also be interested in following us on Facebook and Twitter, which will keep you informed and up to date with our latest news and successes.

Nicki Mattin

Principal