We are not a selective school, and we seek to be the first choice of every parent who lives within our catchment or whose children attend one of our traditional partner primary schools. We are regularly oversubscribed, and when this happens places are allocated according to our admissions policy, which can be downloaded from the right hand box of this page. 

The only students who are selected by aptitude are those attending our football Centre of Excellence, and in this case selection is by Colchester United Football Club, not by ourselves.

As stated in our Admission policy Essex County Council arrange the admissions procedures to be followed each year. Please use the link below if you require further information. 

If you do not find what you need please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email

In accordance with the School Admissions Code (December 2014), and on behalf of the Governing Body of Thurstable School, views are sought on a  proposed change to the Thurstable School admission arrangements for 2019-20.  A copy of the proposed admission arrangements can be viewed on the right hand side of this page. 


The consultation period will last for the period from 5 October until 16 November 2017.

Please send any comments to this consultation by post to:-

Jenny Baldry
PA to Head Teacher
Thurstable School
Maypole Road



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