Buses: Free concessionary transport to and from College is provided by Suffolk County Council for students living in the designated catchment area. For more detailed information please contact County Transport for Schools call centre on 0845 606 6173.
Morning bus journeys: students must arrive in plenty of time for their bus at their picking-up point. By way of a guide County Transport recommend a student arrives 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Students who miss their bus must make alternative arrangements to attend College and must report to Student Reception for registration upon arrival. If the designated bus does not arrive within a ‘reasonable’ time students should return home and, if possible, make alternative arrangements to get to College. County Transport recommend a student waits 20 minutes before returning home, however each circumstance is unique to the individual child and parents are advised to talk with their child about the right course of action to take if a bus does not arrive at approximately the designated time.
Afternoon bus journeys: if, for any reason, a students bus is delayed or students miss their bus, please can they report to Student Reception, where they will be able to contact parents/carers, to advise them of the delay. The College will ensure students are supervised until the delayed bus has departed.
In the event of a delayed bus after leaving the College site - please call 0845 606 6173.
Cycles: Students who bring cycles to College must leave them in the cycle racks. They should be padlocked and, where possible, post coded. In the interests of safety, we highly recommend the use of cycle helmet, lights and reflectors.
Motorcycles and Cars: Students who wish to bring a motorcycle or car to College may apply to their House Leader or Head of Sixth Form.
Students who bring pedal cycles, motor cycles or cars onto the College site do so entirely at their own risk.
Train: Students are required to purchase a ticket on the train from the conductor. In view of safety whilst waiting for the train and during the train journey, all students must behave in a responsible manner.
Student Arrival / Departure: Parents are advised to use the College rear car park, thus ensuring the safety of all students.
The College provides four Late Buses on each of the following nights of the week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Late Buses can be used free of charge by any student attending Thurston Community College.
The Late Buses leave the front car parks of Thurston Sixth, Beyton Campus at 16:50 and Thurston Campus at 17:00.
These buses are funded by the College to enable our Main School and Sixth Form students to access our wide range of Enrichment Clubs.
The list of routes can be found on the following link.
Each bus is numbered with a late bus route number. When getting on to the bus students should tell the driver the stop at which they need to alight.
If, for any reason, a students bus is delayed or students miss their bus, please can they report to Student Reception, where they will be able to contact parents/carers, to advise them of the delay. The College will ensure students are supervised until the delayed bus has departed.
Each Late Bus provides a specific route with designated bus stops, some remote village stops are 'stop on request'. Students must inform the driver of the stop they require, in particular with regard to the 'stop on request' villages.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their parent/carer is informed they are travelling home using the Late Bus so that parents/carers can arrange to meet their child at their destination point.