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Thurston Partnership Update
20th January 2014
Thurston Community College plans for 2014
From September 2014, the College will occupy two sites (please click on the links below for further details of our plans):
- Thurston: in the existing College building, we will educate all pupils in years 7–11. Moving our Sixth Form to its own specialist centre will free enough space for all. We expect that there will be a similar number of pupils using this site as there are now. However, the mix of subjects that they will be studying will change because, for example, all year 7s and 8s study science but not all Sixth Formers do. This means we need to convert some general classrooms into specialist practical areas and we will also more than double the size of our dining hall.
- Beyton: this excellent building will be refurbished and upgraded to provide a superb centre for the Thurston Community College Sixth Form. Our plan is to make sure this has a more adult feel with plenty of private study space, an all-day café and facilities that are fully equipped to provide first class A-level teaching.
There is a huge amount of work to be done to equip both sites for teaching their new age ranges of pupils. Not all of this work can be completed in the short summer holiday in 2014. The major work is due to start on the Thurston site on 3rd March and wil finish early in May before the examinations period begins. At Beyton, we are very grateful for the enormous help we are gettting from the headteacher, staff and governors to provide access to the school to plan the works that will be needed.