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Child Development

I wanted to thank you for all of the kind encouragement and support that you give your students. I can tell how much care and hard work you put into preparing my daughter and the other students for their exams and we very much appreciate that.

My daughter really enjoys the Child Development lessons, she came home so enthusiastic after hearing the speaker you arranged to come in the other week. It is lovely to hear all about what she does and see how it inspires her.

Parent of a Year 10 Student

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Principal's Message

29 January 2018

You will be aware that Suffolk County Council is proposing to remove free transport from children who attend their catchment school if they live closer to another school.  This will affect 3,700 children across Suffolk. If this happens, Thurston Community College will lose a significant number (up to 812) of our students.  We will be forced to make teachers and support staff redundant.  We will no longer be able to offer the same wide range of subject choices at GCSE and the very existence of our Sixth Form will be in doubt.  This will affect the education of every child in our community. 

When we asked our parents what they would do if the proposals were adopted, 70% said they would use a car to get their child to school rather than move them. This would mean 600 more car journeys in Thurston village every day. This seven-fold increase in traffic would cause chaos. 

We need every member of our community to oppose these proposals.  Please complete both questionnaires and ask everyone you know who lives, studies or works in Suffolk to do the same – including your children. 

In each case, I recommend you “Strongly oppose” Options 1 and 2 and “Strongly support” Option 3. Option 3 is the only way to ensure that all children in our catchment area continue to receive free transport to Thurston Community College and to safeguard the future success of the College.            

Click here to complete the Suffolk County Council Year 7-11 transport consultation: SuffolkSchoolBuses 

Click here to complete the Suffolk County Council Post-16 transport consultation: SixthFormBuses

Best wishes

Helen Wilson


Week 1

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