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The Governing Body of Thurston Community College has a range of powers and responsibilities which it is legally required to carry out, working in a close and balanced partnership with the Principal, to ensure that the College runs effectively to provide the best possible education for all its students.

The Governing Body's responsibilities include:

  • Helping to develop College policies and development plans
  • Ensuring that the National Curriculum is delivered
  • Acting as a link with the local community
  • The appointment of staff

EduBase is a register of educational establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department for Education.  It provides information on establishments providing compulsory, higher and further education. 

The Governing Body Special Educational Needs information can be found in the SEND Information Report located on our Special Educational Needs page of the College website.

To contact the Governing Body please email governors@thurstoncollege.suffolk.sch.uk

Name Position Committee Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests Governor Declaration**
Elizabeth Dunn Chair Full Governing Body*, Finance and Personnel,  Curriculum and Standards, Steering*

Trustee - The Lund Trust

Elizabeth Dunn

Jayne Gurney

Vice Chair

Parent Governor

Curriculum and Standards*, Steering

Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre

1st Thurston Scouts

Jayne Gurney
Craig Black


Finance and Personnel

Director - West Suffolk Hospital NHS

Craig Black

Angela Branfield


Curriculum and Standards, Safeguarding (Special Responsibility), Principal's Review Panel


Angela Branfield

Alice Evans 


Curriculum and Standards, Pupil Premium/Looked After Children (Special Responsibility), Principal's Review Panel


Alice Evans

Rachel Gooch


Finance and Personnel, Steering

Employee of Thurston Partnership

Rachel Gooch

 Jo Henning

Local Authority Curriculum and Standards

GH Bullard and Associates (design and advice)

Jo Henning

Robert Lenko Co-opted Finance and Personnel None

Robert Lenko

Davina Morrison Parent Finance and Personnel, SEND Governor (Special Responsibility) Employee - Norton Primary School

Davina Morrison

David Webdale

Staff Governor

Curriculum and Standards

Owner - David Webdale Jewellery design

David Webdale

Helen Wilson


Finance and Personnel, Curriculum and Standards, Steering


Helen Wilson

* denotes Chair of Committee

**  As of October 2017 all Governors have declared 'I am not a governor elsewhere'.

Complaints Procedure

Parents should note it is the wish of the Governing Body to deal with all complaints quickly, effectively and as informally as possible.  Complaints Procedure Policy

www.governorsonline.co.uk/suffolk/  (Access for Governors only)