Curriculum At Thurston community college

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum is what our students learn. It includes all of the lessons, activities and experiences planned and delivered by the College within the timetable and outside of lessons. Through our curriculum we aim for all our students, regardless of their starting point, to be a part of an inspirational and empowering learning community that achieves ‘beautiful work’.

Inspire ~ Empower ~ Achieve

Our Mission:

Our purpose is to inspire a love of learning, empower our college community with the knowledge and skills to help them make meaningful choices and contribute positively to the world in which we live.

To achieve excellence in all aspects of school life.

Our Vision includes:

The curriculum is ambitious with a diverse range of opportunities.

  •  Our students are successful learners who routinely create ‘beautiful’ work - work which comes from thoughtfulness, perseverance, skill and collaboration. 
  • Our students are prepared to thrive in the ever changing and diverse world we live in.
  • We nurture a sense of inclusion and wellbeing by supporting students (& staff) to take responsibility for their own personal journey.
  • We foster an awareness of ‘difference’ and the need for understanding and equality in all that we do.

 Key features of our ambitious and diverse curriculum

At Thurston Community College an ‘ambitious and diverse’ curriculum:

    • is broad and balanced, truly comprehensive and accessible to all students.
      embodies and ensures a deep understanding and respect for diversity
    • delivers opportunities for students to learn to be successful, to gain useful, transferable skills and acquire relevant knowledge.
    • ensures high standards of academic achievement where outcomes enable students to progress to Further Education and Higher Education.
    • promotes and develops character and the personal, social, spiritual, moral and cultural opportunities to promote a sense of moral and social responsibility
    • ensures all students are able to thrive and develop as healthy individuals and good citizens
    • ensures that all students are safe and understand how to stay safe.


The Thurston Community College Learning Journey

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9
At Thurston Community College Key Stage 3 is a three year programme which has been carefully crafted to ensure that students learn beyond the requirements set out by the National Curriculum. 

 Key Stage 4: Years 10-11
At the end of Year 9, students opt for subjects that they will study in Years 10 and 11 and they complete those subjects by the end of Year 11. Our highly flexible two year curriculum delivered in Years 10 and 11 allows us to create personalised guided pathways for our students.

Key Stage 5: Thurston Sixth
Students can study three, with some scope for four, A level equivalent courses.  The curriculum offers a wide range of A levels and technical Awards alongside other qualifications such as the Extended Project Qualification.

Our Post 16 curriculum is built upon and informed by a destination led approach.  Advice and guidance is high profile and ensures that choices are informed and appropriate.  A variety of opportunities are offered to support and prepare students for transition post 18.

There are also after school lessons in various different courses as well as many different extracurricular activities. 

Each subject area/course in the curriculum plays its own unique role. This is expressed through its:

  • Intent - a clear understanding of the purpose of each course - its role and place in our curriculum.
    • Threads of powerful knowledge - the key themes and skills throughout the course.



  • Art
  • Child Development
  • Computing & ICT
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Mordern Foreign Languages
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy, Ethics & Beliefs
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology