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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 Bank

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.

Luke Glover

Congratulations to Luke Glover who recently played in goal for Sussex Schools FA U18's (managed by Thomas Bennett Football Academy Coach Dave Altendorff) in a 3-2 win over Essex Schools FA who are the reigning National Champions and he also played in goal for the Sussex FA U18's side who matched this scoreline also winning 3-2 against Essex FA in the final of the SECYFA Play-off Final. Luke is now set to head off to UCFB college at Wembley stadium for a degree in Football Business and Finance. Best of luck Luke!! View the Image Gallery


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


Year 8 Girls Golf

Mr Whale took four year 8 students over to Cottesmore Golf Club to take part in the regional qualifiers for the national street-golf competition. 

Mr Whale They have been lucky enough to be coached throughout the year by a professional golfer, who hand-picked the four students due to their excellent performances and team spirit. 

It was a lovely sunny day for the four girls who showed fantastic patience when things weren't going their way and even better determination to do the best they could. They rounded off the day by finishing 2nd! View the Image Gallery

The four girls were: Joana Moreira, Abbie Pejda, Charis Doyle and Yolanda Cele


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 Excellent Football Performance

Another excellent football performance from one of our Chelsea Football students Dylan Weller.



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


Year 11 Drama trip to see War Horse

Year 11 drama students attended the theatre performance of War Horse at the Brighton Centre at the end of January.   The show was a jam packed performance exploring what life was like through WW!; stduents were particularly impressed with the fantastic use of puppetry during the performance.  Students will need to wrtire about the performance during their final written exam in drama and I think it is sage to say they will have a lot to write about as the performance was excellent.

A number of audience members praised the students for being well behaved, polite and friendly -they did themselves, the school and me very proud.

It was a pleasure to take them all to the theatre.

Miss Toland


Kick-Boxing Black Belt

Kiyana Pasupathy 7HEm had her kick-boxing exam recently has just been awarded a BLACK BELT in Kick-boxing – although she did get a black eye in the process!

Well done for your great achievement Kiyana, you are a pleasure to teach and such a positive role-model for other students.

Ms Wilson (PE Teacher)


Girl's Football

On Thursday 1st February our U12 football team attended their first tournament at Hazelwick. The girls were quite nervous as they hadn’t played together before but were determined to do their best. Overall they placed 5th out of 7 teams, winning 3-0 against Gatwick, drawing with ICC and St Wilfrids and losing against Hazelwick and Oriel. The team consisted of; Gracie Lazell, Shannon Watts (captain), Paige Finch, Casey Matthews, Riham Karami and Jahmeila Perrina.

Ms Harrison (Head of PE)


Y11 Teaching and Learning

The leader of Teaching and Learning for TKAT Central has been in school several times recently to visit Y11 Maths lessons, and he has spoken very positively about the focus of the students during maths lessons and about the quality of maths teaching and learning.

The leadership team are also very pleased with the progress that Y11 students are making and are particularly impressed with the recent improvements in PPE results shown by the majority of Y11 students in English and maths. Many students improved their PPE results from November to January. With continued hard work there should be lots to celebrate in the summer.


Wakehurst Place

Thomas Bennett was asked by Wakehurst Place to take part in a workshop to create some pieces of work for their Glow Wild exhibit that took place at the beginning of December. Over 50,000 people visit this exhibit each year so it was a great privileged to be asked. Nineteen students in year eight were selected and worked alongside an accomplished arts from the street sculpture company Same Sky. Their pieces were excellent, creating water lily shapes which were then covered with tissue paper and their designs. The smaller lilies were floated on water and the larger were set up next to the lake. Many of the visitors commented on how professional their work looked alongside the work of other artists. Mrs Kate Wilson - year team leader for year 8 - was very proud of their efforts and said it was the best work there. 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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