Thurston Community College

Educational Trusts

Thurston Community College encourages our students to access local educational trusts.  The trusts offer our students an excellent opportunity to apply for funds to assist with their education.

Students can seek further guidance from their Year Leader. Students may also choose to contact the Educational Trusts directly for further information.

Barningham Relief in Need Charity

Students who currently live in the village of Barningham and have lived there for at least one year, can apply to the Barningham Charity for help while at university or college or when commencing an apprenticeship.

A sum of up to £500 is paid annually for up to three years.

The application form on the link below should be returned, together with a letter giving the reason for the application, to:

Mr William Martineau, Barningham House, Bardwell Road, Barningham, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1DF,

Mrs Lesley Williams, 15 Millfield Road, Barningham, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1DX

Barningham Relief in Need Charity Application Form

Calthorpe and Edwards Educational Foundation

The Calthorpe and Edwards Educational Foundation is a charity which was set up to help local students attending University or College to buy books and equipment for a Course in Further Education, this includes vocational qualifications.

The annual grant is paid in three termly instalments and is approximately £360 per annum, however, this amount may vary from year to year dependent on the number of applicants.

The grant, which is usually limited to a maximum of three years, may be extended, at the discretion of the Trustees, by one or two years but to no person over the age of 25.  Eligible students who can receive a grant must live in one of the thirteen villages listed below:

Ampton, Ingham, Great or Little Livermere, Timworth, Culford, Fornham St Genevieve, Fornham St Martin, Troston, Great Barton, Ixworth, West Stow, Wordwell

Completed application forms should be sent to  Further information is available from Mrs Rosemary Boswell (Clerk) on 01284 728199.

Calthorpe & Edwards Educational Foundation Application Form

Drinkstone Educational Charity

The Drinkstone Educational Charity was set up with the money from the sale of Drinkstone School and the interest on that money is used to support Drinkstone residents for educational purposes.

Students who currently live in the Parish of Drinkstone can apply to the Drinkstone Educational Charity for help in funding educational activities.

Awards have previously been granted to students undertaking school trips, to support university students with the resources needed for their studies and other such applicants. All applications need to be broadly educational.

Please complete the application form on the link below and return to the secretary

Application Form

The Rick Keeling Memorial Trust

The Rick Keeling Memorial Trust was established to enable students to fulfil an ambition in living a life of adventure, challenge and enlightenment. 

In previous years students have received funding towards equipment for enhancing their work in art, music and drama; for attendance on courses run by organisations from which students could benefit; for individual project work; and in order to take part in various expeditions all around the World.  

The Rick Keeling Trust was established in 1989 following the untimely death of Rick Keeling, the then Head of Science at Thurston Upper School. 

Rick Keeling would have been very proud of the achievements of all the many students who have to date received financial backing and support from the Trust.

The Rick Keeling Memorial Trust Application Form

If you would like to apply for financial backing please complete the Application Form and return it to Dr Jean Wheeler, 

The William and Ellen Vinten Trust

The William and Ellen Vinten Trust has several aims but its principal activity is to pursue initiatives which increase the interest of school and college students in the Bury St Edmunds area in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The goal is to increase the numbers of students who might consider careers in the engineering disciplines and to improve their levels of attainment.

With this aim in mind, the Trust currently offers the following:

  • Help to individual students wishing to access courses, competitions and other activities, which are aimed at providing excellence in STEM subjects
  • The appointment of Vinten Ambassadors - Year 12/13 students who assist the promotion of the aims of the Trust
  • Vinten Bursaries for students who are studying engineering at degree level - a bursary of £1500 a year for the duration of the course is awarded to one student each year
  •  'The Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience' - a bi-annual residential engineering course open to Year 9 and Year 10 students
  • Financial support for students attending Smallpeice Trust residential courses.  The Smallpeice Trust provides exciting programmes for students interested in STEM subjects

If you want to know more then talk to Miss Megan Game, STEM Coordinator  or contact David Marriott, WEVT Trustee at