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Archbishop Thurstan C E VC Secondary School
Hopewell Road, HU9 4HD, UK Kingston upon Hull
+44 (0)1482 781912

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Our School

Archbishop Thurstan School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled mixed comprehensive school. The number on roll is approximately 870 with a Teaching Staff of 51. Teaching Staff are supported by 38 administration, site management and Learning Support staff.

The school is situated on the Eastern side of the City of Hull within easy reach of the major road network both from the West and North. Public transport can easily be accessed with routes to out lying villages as well as the City Centre.

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We are proud of being the only Church of England Voluntary Controlled Secondary School in Hull; this gives us a distinctive Christian ethos. However, we welcome all children, regardless of the religious affiliation, who wish to share our values.

Being one of the smaller secondary schools in the city we are able to offer a supportive culture which enables us to treat the children as individuals. We do not accept bullying, violence, or putting others down, and have a well founded Behavior Policy.

In our school all children have the opportunity to deliver their potential, be it academic, sporting or creative. We offer extra support for the more able through our Gifted and Talented Programmes and those experiencing difficulties through Learning Support.

Our facilities are improving year on year with a new Canteen, a new purpose built City Learning Centre for ICT and a new Textiles Room. Further improvements, include a new Sports Hall ready for September 2005, giving us some of the best facilities in the city.

We have developed a climate of continuous improvement and every year we see a positive trend of improvements in our examination results.

Archbishop Thurstan School sets the highest academic standards through the excellence of its teaching, which was recognised by OFSTED in October 2001.

We work in close partnership with parents so that every student achieves their best and therefore is well prepared to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world


Our Values

As a Church of England School:

  • We believe that young people should be encouraged to develop a reasoned set of attitudes based on Christian beliefs and values.
  • We value relationships as the basis for the development and fulfillment of ourselves, others and the good of the community.
  • We value ourselves as unique beings, capable of intellectual, creative, moral and spiritual growth.
  • We value community and families, groups and clubs within our community, as sources of love and support for all their members.
  • We value peace, justice and equality.

Our Aims

As a Church of England School we believe that it is our role to:

  • Encourage participation from every member of our school community in order to serve the needs of the individual above all else.
  • Raise expectation and achievement and nurture personal development.
  • Encourage people in our community to work as part of, and contribute to a learning community.


We believe that the wearing of the school uniform helps our pupils to feel pride in their school.The school has a uniform which all pupils are expected to wear. This comprises of:

  • BLACK SHOES (trainers are NOT acceptable)
  • BLACK/NAVY TROUSERS or SKIRTS (track suit bottoms are NOT acceptable)
  • WHITE SHIRT or POLO SHIRT with collar (white polo shirts are available from the school office in all sizes at £6.50 each).
  • SCHOOL SWEATSHIRTS, navy blue with school logo (no other tops acceptable). These are also available from the school office in all sizes at £10.00 each.

JEWELLERY and BODY PIERCING are NOT suitable for school, because of Health and Safety consideration. Pupils should NOT wear jewelry other than a single stud or sleeper in the ear, and a wristwatch.

All pupils are required to bring a bag to school every day. This will enable them to carry their pen, pencil and ruler around school, which is a requirement for every lesson.

Sweatshirts and Polo Shirts may be bought by using the Clothing Grant. Parents are reminded that welfare benefits are available in case of difficulty. Please enquire at the school office.

Pupils who are unable to wear shoes for a short period should collect work from the school and work at home.


The school is committed to continuously monitoring and reviewing the curriculum with a greatly enhanced curriculum at Key Stage 4 commencing in September 2005. Personalised Learning is at the heart of our development, applying a wide range of learning styles enabling the students to take greater responsibility for their own learning.

At Key Stage 3 the curriculum follows the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum with one pilot group within Year 7 having a slightly enhanced curriculum within Creative and Performing Arts to allow greater depth and breadth to their learning.

At Key Stage 4 students are banded to focus their studies on a learning pathway appropriate to their individual needs. A wide range of traditional academic subjects, combined with new vocational and occupational courses allowing students to prepare for transition to the world of training or work at the end of Key Stage 4.

Partnerships with other local secondary schools and Further Education Institutions ensure students have the best possible opportunities for development and achievement.


We expect all pupils to …

… do their best in school.

Pupils should show pride in their work and try to achieve as much as they can.

… be on time.

If lateness cannot be avoided an apology and reason should be given.

… be smart.

The uniform guidelines are clear and must be followed in school and on the way to and from it.

… show respect for people and the environment.

Pupils should be polite, not use rude or offensive language or gestures and do all they can to keep the school and its site tidy and safe. All movement round school should be sensible and orderly.

… promote their own and others’ learning.

Pupils should be ready for the start of each lesson, properly prepared with all the equipment they require. They should listen to and follow all instructions. There should be no calling out, chatting or disruption of the lesson. Pupils should be willing to work with others and encourage them to learn.

… complete all homework to the best of their ability.

This student planner should be used by pupils to help them be organised in noting homework and completing it on time. It is their responsibility to get it signed by their parent each week.

Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated by any member of Archbishop Thurstan School. This includes any type of threatening or violent behaviour, racism, sexism or prejudice. Any act of bullying experienced or observed should be reported to a member of staff or a Sixth Form listener.

The following should never be brought to school:

  • chewing/bubble gum,
  • anything of an illegal nature, including cigarettes, matches or lighters,
  • anything intended to cause damage to property or others,
  • mobile phones,
  • items of value.

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