Thurston Community College



Thurston Community College is a 'community school', which is sometimes called a Local Authority (LA) maintained school.  It receives its funding from the Suffolk County Council and is required to deliver the full National Curriculum.

The Governing Body is the school's legally accountable body.  It has a strategic role.  The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day operations, provides the governing body and is held accountable to the governing board.  At TCC the Governing Body, Principal and Senior Leadership Team work in partnership to ensure that the College runs effectively to provide the best possible education for all its students.

The Governing Body has three core functions and is the strategic decision maker:

1) Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction.

2) Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its students and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.

3) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent.

The Governing Body's Work

The Governing Body's working centres on the work of two committees.

  • The Resource Management Committee 
  • The Standards Committee

These committees meet once a term and report to the Full Governing Body.

The Full Governing Body meets once every half term.  The first meeting of every Term is designated as a training and development meeting, where the Governing Body supported by the school leadership team deepen their understanding of key issues.  

Underpinning these formal contacts is a wide range of other contacts including regular meetings between the Principal and Chair of Governors, site visits and sitting on interview panels. 

To contact the Governing Body please email

Our Governors

Please click on the picture for more information about each Governor.

Governors (ID 1201)

  • Robert Davie
    Chair of Governors (Co-Opted)
  • Alice Evans
    Co-Vice Chair (Co-opted)
  • Ryan Luke
    Co-Vice Chair (Co-opted)
  • Ben Cole
    Parent Governor
  • Jo Hooley
  • Robert Lenko
  • Fiona Macaulay
  • Susan Shields
    Parent Governor
  • Andrew Smith
    Local Authority
  • Tanya Sturman
  • David Webdale
    Staff Governor
  • Maéve Taylor
  • Tracey Ward
    Confidential Secretary to the Governing Body

Our Governing Body is made up of of individuals from a range of backgrounds and experiences. 42% Identify as 'White: English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British'. 58% did not wish to share this information.

 Terms of Reference 

Resource Management - Terms of Reference

Standards Committee - Terms of Reference

Steering Committee - Terms of Reference

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. 

Visit the policies page to see our complaints procedure.