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Thurstable School Sports College & Sixth Form Centre
Maypole Road, Tiptree, CO5 0EW, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1621 816526



  • The aim of Thurstable school is to be a caring community in which all individuals are able to learn, grow, contribute and develop self-knowledge and self-respect, with as much enjoyment as possible.
  • We want an atmosphere of trust and confidence, in which everyone is valued and their personal achievement respected.
  • We expect all of the School’s members to support each other and to act responsibly.
  • We want to encourage everyone to view learning as an active , enjoyable, demanding and lifelong process.
  • We expect everyone to strive to do the best that they can so that they will achieve personal success.
  • We ensure that the effective intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical and creative needs of all our pupils are met through our curriculum.
  • We expect high standards of behaviour through an orderly and purposeful environment and by the development of self-discipline.
  • We want to encourage pupils to take part in activities and to take on responsibilities.
  • We want pupils to be prepared so that when they leave school they can contribute fully and confidently to our rapidly changing world.
  • We want a sense of partnership between the parents, the pupils, the staff, the governors and the wider community, working together to support the development of our pupils and all other members of the community.


Thurstable School Prospectus

Keeping Parents Informed

We believe in the importance of healthy and open relations between parents, pupils and teachers and all decisions about your child’s education are based upon this partnership. Each term, there are distinct opportunities to review their work and attitude and address any areas of difficulty:

Autumn Term Tutor Consultation Day – Years 7 - 11

Spring/Summer Term Parents’ consultation evenings and full written reports

Curriculum Guide

The Lower School - Years 7 - 9

Pupils will be set in most subjects according to ability. We take very close account of Key Stage Two results, and regular reviews of progress by teaching and tutorial staff. Moves between sets are made according to need and in this we are sensitive to the requirements of individual pupils.

We aim to educate the pupil in skills of languages and literature, scientific and mathematical skills, Information and Communications Technology, cultural and spiritual awareness, artistic expression, physical activity, and self-confidence. It is our intention to develop the whole person through varied and stimulating programme's of work.

In Years Seven, Eight and Nine a common curriculum is followed:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design and Technology History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • French or German Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • ICT is delivered across the whole key stage through the subjects studied.

In addition, pupils follow a co-ordinated programme of personal and social education delivered both in a discrete weekly lesson and the tutorial programme. We feel that the tutor is a key person for young people, especially when they start in the school. Learning how to study and to take responsibility for their own learning is also an important part of our pupils’ education. We aim to develop these skills in a strong moral, spiritual and cultural environment. Assemblies are an important part of this development and are used as the basis of discussion in tutor sessions.

During the course of Year Nine, pupils will choose some of the subjects that they wish to study further. We recommend that they keep as wide a choice as possible in order to be able to follow a chosen career later in life. Specific guidance will be given by the Head of Year, supported by members of the Senior Leadership Team. We arrange opportunities for you to discuss your child's progress and choices on an individual basis through a programme of meetings and consultation sessions.

Next... Curriculum Guide Years 10 & 11


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This is an open access Sixth Form: all are welcome if they are prepared to commit themselves to hard work, and are keen to succeed through being involved in Sixth Form life. At present, there are 163 post-16 students at Thurstable, following programme's of Traditional AS and A2 Levels, Applied A levels in Business and ICT and BTEC Vocational courses. These courses lead to places in Higher Education and Employment. The Centre occupies most of the main building of the School and contains Common Room, Study Areas, ICT suite and specialist teaching rooms.

The Centre provides a caring, friendly and supportive environment in which students are encouraged to make the most of their abilities. Students value the opportunities to develop initiative, self-confidence and independent study skills under the guidance of an experienced team of teaching and tutorial staff. Academic studies are balanced by social and recreational opportunities and this broad range of experience makes Sixth Form life interesting, challenging and fun.

We offer two programme's of study:

Route 1:

Advanced courses at Level 3. Students are asked to choose four or five subjects including General Studies, depending on ability. In Year 12, AS Level forms the main focus of study and in Year 13 it is on A2. A Levels can be combined with the BTec National Award Level 3 courses in Sport or Music and offer students a broad range of choices including more recently introduced courses such as ICT, Psychology, Applied Business and Media Studies.

Route 2:

A Vocational course can be taken by those who wish to join the Sixth Form for at least one year in order to achieve a Level 2 BTec First Diploma. This is offered in Caring, Travel and Tourism and Sport. Some students remain for a further two years to study these at Advanced Level. There is also an opportunity to increase GCSE achievement, through repeat courses in English and Mathematics which are taught in “twilight” sessions at the end of the School day.


Sixth Form Centre LogoThere are a wide range of AS, A2 and vocational courses available. It is important to think very carefully about choosing the right Route of Study, and then the right subject combinations. In general, the courses on offer can be divided into two categories.


These courses have replaced the traditional A level examinations. The new Advanced Subsidiary (AS) courses act as a bridge between GCSE and A2 studies.

A combined AS/A2 course will be of an equivalent standard to traditional A levels.

Students following only AS/A2 level courses will (excluding General Studies) study four AS subjects in Year 12, and then continue with three of these at A2 in Year 13. It will be possible to study a fifth AS level during Year 13.

Examinations will usually take place at the end of Year 12 for AS courses and the end of Year 13 for A2 courses.

Sixth Form Courses AS – LEVEL 3

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Art and Design

Business Studies



Design and Technology

Drama and Theatre Studies

English Literature


General Studies




Media Studies

Modern Foreign Languages


Physical Education



Religious Education



BTEC – National Award in Sport

BTEC – National Award in Music

GCE – Applied ICT



BTEC – First Diploma in Health and Social Care

BTEC – First Diploma in Travel and Tourism

BTEC – First Diploma in Sport

Curriculum Enrichment

Everyone in the Sixth Form is encouraged to develop additional studies. These take place throughout the week and are seen as an important part of education in the Sixth Form.

These comprise of:

• Anti-Bully Mentoring
• Basketball
• Cricket
• Duke of Edinburgh (Gold Award)
• First Aid
• Football
• Hockey
• Homework Club (lower school)
• Interact
• Photography GCSE
• Pre-driving course
• Prefect and Mid-day assistant schemes
• Rugby
• School production (drama/music)
• Sixth Form Council
• Sixth Form newspaper
• Social Sport (after school)
• Sports coaching (lower school)
• Sports leadership (CSLA)
• Subject support (lower school)
• Reading support (lower school)
• Young Enterprise






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