Thirsk School and Sixth Form College

Thirsk School and Sixth Form College is a secondary school located in Sowerby, a village adjoining Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England.

Thirsk School and Sixth Form College
Topcliffe Road

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Coordinates54.223910°N 1.346920°W / 54.223910; -1.346920
TypeComprehensive School
Motto'Victor Qui Laborat' (Victory to he who toils)
Local authorityNorth Yorkshire
Department for Education URN121666 Tables
Head teacherEmma Lambden[1]
Age11 to 18

Thirsk School has nearly 1,200 pupils, including about 200 in the sixth form. It has sporting and musical links with clubs and visiting celebrities (including Dennis Rollins in 2011–12), which were shown on Look North. It has also received visits from Holocaust survivor, Arek Hersh, MBE. Thirsk School & Sixth Form College has some of the best GCSE/A Level exam results in the area.

The headteacher is Emma Lambden who took over from Stuart Mason who left in 2018 to take up a senior post in Norfolk.

In 2012 an Ofsted inspection rated Thirsk School as Grade 2 (good) for all areas and overall effectiveness.[2]

School extracurricular activities include music, sport and drama. The school also has its own newspaper, The Falcon. Under the previous name of T.S. Times, the school paper was named the best secondary school newspaper in the country, in a competition run by First News.[3]

Notable former pupils


  1. "Thirsk School & Sixth Form College - GOV.UK". Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. "Thirsk School & Sixth Form College", Ofsted inspections 2005–2012.
  3. "Thirsk School wins national newspaper competition". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 4 March 2017.

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