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Sports Day 2018


Once again there was another fiercely fought day of competition held at K2 for the annual Thomas Bennett sports day. The students worked hard in the blistering heat producing lots of personal bests and new school records. Thomas Bennett is lucky to have some extraordinarily talented athletes but special mentions go to the following for their performances in a variety of events:

Y7 – Ince Florimond Soopramanian,  Shannon Watts & Gracie Chapman

Y8 – Maks Kurtulus, Aaron Yule, Jake Yule & Jamie Flore

Y9 – Lewis Joy & Keleigh Smith

Y10 – Jay Watkins & Jette Tabot

Each year two pupils are awarded the Victor and Victrix Ludorum trophies for outstanding performance not only on sports day but also throughout the year. This year these were awarded to Jay Watkins and Jette Tabot  in Year 10. Jette broke records in both the shot putt and the triple jump which have stood for a considerable amount of time. Jay won the high jump and showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the day.

Retaining their title again Hepburn were the overall winners of the house competition. Congratulations to all those who participated in the event. View the image gallery


Sixth Form Induction Days - 9th & 10th July 2018  

It was great to see the new Sixth Form students attend the two induction days, students provided positive feedback from their lessons and the sixth form social area.

Sixth form is very different from school - i am looking forward to september

its better than i thought it would be, i really enjoyed the subjects

Year 13's did a fantastic job of welcoming the new year 12's with ice breaking games. Well done to you all! View the image-gallery


Dance & Drama Festival 

Congratulations to all the performers who took part in the Drama and Dance Festival held at Thomas Bennett. Over two days, students from Yr7-9, entertained over 500 students from our local primary schools. View the image gallery



Music Department - Steel Banglez Visit

Thomas Bennett had a visit from one of the UK’s top music producers this week. Steel Banglez spent most of the school day in the music department talking to music students about his music and work as a music producer now working with some of the UK’s and USA’s biggest music stars. His most recent hit was Bad featuring Yungen, MoStack, Mr Eazi and Not3s. He recently performed at this year’s Radio One Big Weekend being joined on stage by none other than Mist and Big Shaq. Since being signed by Warner, Steel Banglez has worked with artists including Stormzy, Rudimental, Jorja Smith, Anne-Marie, Justin Bieber, Mist, Drake, MoStack, French Montanna,Krept & Konan and Abra Cadabra. Future collaborations will see him producing and working alongside Clean Bandit, Ed Sheeran and Mo. 

Miss Connell says, ‘Steel Banglez whose real name is Pahuldip Singh was a student I used to teach music to at a school in East London before coming to Thomas Bennett.

After many years of hard work he finally signed a major record deal with Warner and then spent time trying to find me saying he would like to come and meet me to say thank you for the stuff I taught him when he was one of my GCSE students. I entered him for his GCSE Music exam in year 10, a year early and he achieved an A*. Whilst there he also taught me how to DJ and in turn, I introduced him to creating music on the only computer in the department.’

Anyway, as promised, he finally found some time in his hectic and extremely busy schedule to visit me at Thomas Bennett. It was a very special moment meeting Pahudip again, he was pretty much as I remembered him and it was great spending time chatting and reminiscing about days gone by. After this he spent time listening to students compositions and giving them expert advice on how to produce music. He also let them hear some of his own tracks including music he had produced for both Anne-Marie and Stormzy.

This was a very special day for myself and the students. They are all very big fans of his music and the artists he produces for. They all enjoyed themselves immensely and loved having their photos taken with the hugely talented and inspirational Steel Banglez.

He has said he would love to keep in touch which I believe he will, so here’s to the next visit. View the Image Gallery

Ms Connell

Music Department wins National Award

The TBCC Music Department has received an award from the ISM in recognition of the excellent results at GCSE. The 2018 results place the TBCC Music Department in the top 187 departments across the whole of England. This is the second year running that the department received this type of award. Congratulations to all the students and to Ms Connell and Mr Dobson for their hard work and dedication.View the Image Gallery


6th Form BTEC results

Now that all assignments have been submitted we know the results for the students who are taking BTEC qualifications in the 6th form this year.


2/3rd of our students studying BTEC have achieved Distinction or Distinction* across a range of subjects making the results some of the bext the school has ever had.

Students say…“I love Mrs Hawley she has given me loads of support and motivation to do well in Travel and Tourism ” [Sehr Abbas Y13]

“The teaching in Law is very good – the way Mr Main teaches is just great – Its really entertaining and engaging” [Greg Dominiak Y13]

“I really like Business Studies and the teachers were very Helpful” [Ana Da Silva Y13]

The Big Bang

Fifty Y7, 8 and 9 students will visit the Big Bang Fair this year June.

Part of a nationwide programme, the Big Bang Fair South East is an annual exciting, interactive engineering and science event which celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s achievements in science and engineering. In 2018, The Big Bang Fair South East will be held on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June at the South of England Showground near Ardingly, West Sussex.

Nearly 9,000 9-19 year olds and their teachers from across the region attended The Big Bang Fair South East in 2017, and enjoyed a day of exciting and fun-filled shows, interactive displays and hands-on workshops, inspiring them to consider the varied opportunities and careers that studying STEM subjects can open up to them.

David Miles (Year 12)

David has been selected by Deloitte for their ASPIRE work experience programme. This is a very prestigious programme and David did extremely well to be selected to take part.


Year 7 Netball

Congratulations to the Year 7 Netball team won their league and made it through to Sussex schools competition View the Image Gallery 

Shannon Watts (Captain)

Riham Karami

Bianca Puvaneswaran

Paige Grey

Evelina Urbonaite

Hannah Hoggan

Chloe Herbert

Alisha Hope

Sarah Tompkins

Emma Seager


Duke of Edinburgh (Year 9)

Since February the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition groups have been undertaking regular training after school on Wednesdays, and on 22nd April they had their first outdoor training on the Ashdown Forest.   The group received instruction in using OS map and compass, and then took it in turns to lead the navigating between points along the route.   The weather was glorious, and the team spirit was high, as the groups enjoyed each other’s company and the countryside.  Some novice navigators were surprised by their natural aptitude.   The Leaders have been both pleased and encouraged by the enthusiasm of the inaugural TBCC DofE expedition participants.   They are making very good progress. View the Image Gallery


Williams Sands (Year 7)

A huge well done to William Sands. What a talented Year 7 lad we have amongst us here at TBCC!

William recently attended the British gymnastics team gym championships. 

Together with his team, William came a superb 9th position. They were competing against others from across the country and were the youngest team to qualify!

Many congratulations to William and his team from everyone here at Thomas Bennett. We are very proud! View the Image Gallery


TBCC Students Learn to Become Role Models

Some of our Year 9 students learnt how to be role models for younder students as part of an on-going programme to improve their confidence and life chances.  Students, aged between 13 and 14, are taking part in the inspirational Be the Change programme, which is happening for the second time in Gatwick and Crawley after an extremely successful first year in 2016-17. 

Participants at the Be the Change 'Stepping Up Conference' spent the morning learning the importance of leadership skills and working to support others, before being take by surprise when they were joined by younger children from local primary schools for the afternoon session held at the Hilton London Gatwick Airport on Friday, January 12. View the Image Gallery


One to One Music Lessons with Sussex Academy of Music

Learning an instrument can be a fantastic way to help with confidence, social skills and academic development.

Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a 'first come first serve' basis, if your child is interested in starting lessons, it is recommended to contact SAM as soon as possible on 01273 465 122 or schools@sussexmusic.com to ensure your child is reserved a space.

Lessons take place Thomas Bennett Community College and are available as one-to-one or paired.

One-to-one 30min lessons are £14.50 per lesson and paired 30min lessons are £10.50 per lesson per person. Lessons are paid for in half-termly blocks. There is sometimes subsidies available if your child receives free school meals.

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