Thurston Community College

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Thurston Community College
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Principal Miss Helen Wilson
Location Thurston
IP31 3PB
England Coordinates: 52°15′17″N 0°48′35″E / 52.25465°N 0.80964°E / 52.25465; 0.80964
Local authority Suffolk
DfE URN 124802 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 2,000
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Gainsborough, Rendell, Anderson, Penrose, Wolsey

Thurston Community College is a co-educational upper school in Thurston, Suffolk in the United Kingdom.

Constructed in the 1970s, it is the largest school in West Suffolk, with over 2,000 students aged 11–18 drawn from the local village and surrounding largely rural communities. Facilities include a community library, a large sixth form centre (based in Beyton) and an Air Training Corps building. It has a total staff of around 170.

The school's houses are named after famous British people with Suffolk connections, including Thomas Gainsborough and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. It is a specialist science college.[1]

In its most recent Ofsted inspection report in 2013, the school was rated Good.[2]

In September 2014, the school undertook a large transition in order to become a secondary school and follow the two-tier education structure. Because of this, the Thurston Sixth Form Centre was relocated to Beyton, on the old site of Beyton Middle School, and is now known as Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus. The same staff work across both sites. Consequently, the minimum year group was lowered from Year 9 to Year 7 students.


  1. ^ "Thurston Community College". National Stem Centre. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Thurston Community College". Ofsted. May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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