Joining in September 2017

Applications to join the school are made to Suffolk County Council. They have full information, contact details and an online application service at

For the current admissions round (September 2017 intake), we are adhering to the Suffolk County Council admissions policy, the new Thomas Gainsborough School policy will come into effect from the September 2018 intake.

Tours of the school and a meeting with a member of the senior leadership team can be arranged at any time by contacting the school.

On Wednesday 1st of March parents of current Year 6 students will receive notification advising them whether a place has been offered at Thomas Gainsborough School. We will be sending the Year 7 Family Guide to all students offered a place, last year’s copy can be downloaded below.

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Joining the Sixth Form

We are still accepting late applications. Please return all application forms to student services, main school reception or the sixth form office.

We offer individual programmes of study, the choice of which will be largely based on your GCSE results.

  • Advanced Programme (Level 3) – a two year programme predominantly based on A level courses. A number of BTEC qualifications and other courses are also available.  This is for students who achieve at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above including English and Maths, with grade B in the subjects they wish to study at Level 3.
  • Vocational Programme – a two year programme predominantly based on BTEC/CTEC courses. This is for students who achieve at least 5 GCSE passes at C or above or BTEC passes.

For more information contact Director of Sixth Form Kenny Alexander,, Head of Sixth Form, Carl Talbot, or Sixth Form learning mentor, Lynne King,


Joining During the Year

An application form and guidance notes for students wishing to join the school part way through the year are available below.

Completed forms should be sent to

Thomas Gainsborough School
Wells Hall Road
Great Cornard
CO10 0NH

Tel: 01787 375232

Tours of the school and a meeting with the assistant headteacher responsible for admissions, Mrs Emma Wilson-Downes, can be arranged at any time by contacting the school.

Suffolk County Council Mid-Year Applications Form

Guidance on applications to start in September 2017

Guidance on applications to join during the school year


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