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Less than 12 months ago my daughter ws really struggling in many ways.  Being in school lessons was a big problem, she couldn't attend assemblies, she would not be able to go to the cinema, sleepovers with friends were not possible.

To show how far she has progressed, recently we went to the cinema and she chose seats in the middle of a row of people, she had a sleepover at her friend's house (where she had not been before) and today at school she is doing a class presentation.  I am very proud of her!

Part of the progress that she has made can be attributed to the staff at the College, many thanks.

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Principal's Message

Thurston Community College celebrated the opening of Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus, marking the culmination of more than four years of planning for the introduction of a two-tier education system in our area.  The opening of Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus completed the final piece in the jigsaw and was symbolic of the successful transformation of education for current and future generations of children.  I would like to thank every individual whose faith, courage, determination and sheer hard work enabled this achievement.

The occasion was marked by an Open Day, where parents, ex-employees of Beyton Middle School and members of our local community joined me for a guided tour of the bespoke facilities we offer for the delivery of our A-Level curriculum.  Thurston Sixth was then opened in traditional style by the cutting of a ribbon, severed simultaneously by nine ribbon cutters, each of whom had been chosen to represent a community which had played a significant role in the move to two-tier.  Pictured below, from left to right, are the nine community representatives at the Opening Ceremony.

 Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus Grand Opening

  • Jack Martin, Year 12 student,  who represented Thurston Community College students
  • Derrick Haley, Leader of Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, who represented Mid Suffolk District Council
  • Roger Wyartt, Chairman of Beyton Parish Council,  who represented Beyton Village
  • Penny Otten, County Councillor for Thedwastre South and Lib Dem Spokesperson for Education, Skills, Young People and Localities, who represented the County Council
  • Joy Stodart, Project Lead Children and Young People's Services, School Organisation, who represented the Local Authority
  • Brenda Burridge, Headteacher at Honington Primary School, who represented Thurston Partnership Headteachers
  • Rachel Gooch, Co-opted Governor, who represented the Thurston Community College Governing Body
  • Ben Whatling, Contracts Manager at O Seaman & Son Ltd, who represented the contractors who worked on the Beyton campus
  • Debbie Thomas, Sixth Form Student Services Manager, who represented Thurston Community College staff

Events continued into the evening as we welcomed prospective students and their parents to our Sixth Form Open Evening, which provided information, advice and guidance about the opportunities available for A-Level study at Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus.  We were delighted by the high attendance and the complimentary feedback received from our visitors.  As the parent of a current Year 11 Thurston student remarked: “I can see now why my daughter is doing so well; all the teachers we spoke to were so enthusiastic about their subject.  We were both very impressed with Thurston Sixth and I'm pretty certain that's where she'll be going.  My daughter came back buzzing and really keen to get started on her A-levels.”

To apply for a place at Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus, to start in September 2015, please complete the application form:

Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus Application Form


Helen Wilson


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