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A great experience that I will remember.

It was a fantastic experience, I learnt a lot about design and originality.

An amazing experience doing things we don't normally get to do in school.

I would summarise the trip to others by saying, it was an excellent experience, that was worth every moment and I had a great time at The Shard.

Students comments following visit to The Shard and Design Museum, London

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Principal's Message

Miss Helen Wilson, Principal20 November 2015

I am delighted to announce that Robert Lenko has recently been elected as the new Chair of Governors for Thurston Community College.

“It is a privilege and a challenge to be elected as the new Chair of the Governing Body. I take over from Nigel McCartney who was Chair during a very busy period of change at the College. The opening of Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus and the addition of Year 7 and 8 students at the Thurston Campus, to name just two major events. I am looking forward to working alongside our dedicated team of governors and we will continue to support Helen Wilson and her staff to ensure that Thurston Community College remains an excellent school and an integral part of our community.”

We were privileged to welcome acclaimed author William Hussey on Thursday, to assist in the launch of the Thurston Community College Reading Community. Students in Year 7 and Year 10 were witness to some fantastic sessions in the auditorium, whilst creative writers in Year 13 and Year 11 received a more intimate session in which they discussed the writing process. The day culminated in a spooky ‘Evening of Ghost Stories’. Mr Hussey and three very talented students read their stories aloud to a packed auditorium; even parents were scared!  Our thanks go to Mr Hussey for leading such an inspirational day and to our student writers, Joe Walden, Alfie Henwood and Lucy Bertram.

Author William Hussey

This September, we welcomed our first cohort of Year 7 students who transferred to Thurston Community College directly from primary schools. For the first time in the past five years, our new cohort achieved above average results in their Year 6 primary school tests last summer, so we have very high expectations of them! Together with our colleagues in our Thurston Partnership primary schools, we have worked hard to make their transition from primary school as smooth as possible, so that they can continue to make excellent progress.

As part of our evaluation of the transition and to inform the work that is already underway with the next cohort, we invited primary headteachers and teachers of Year 6 to visit their former pupils in their new classes to find out how they have settled with us.

We were delighted with the feedback we received and very proud of our Year 7 students for the way they were able to articulate their experiences. As one headteacher told us, “It was very reassuring to see them so confident and happy and talking so positively about school. Even the children we thought might really struggle are already so much more mature and at ease.” But the best comments, as always, came directly from the students: “In the first week it was really tricky to find your way around but it’s not really that big! I’ve made lots of new friends and if I’m struggling, my teachers always help me.”

Have a great week!

Helen Wilson

Week 1