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Crawley student crowned Muay Thai UK No. 1 Champion

Local student shows the whole country he is the best.



David Mihai, a 12 year old student from Thomas Bennett Community College who trains at Crawley Martial Arts Academy is celebrating after winning the title of Muay Thai UK Number One.

David had to fight his way to winning the title at a competition held in Manchester on Saturday.  Earlier this year, David was also successful in winning the title of European Champion for K1 (kickboxing) and will be travelling to Spain later in the year to try and get more titles under his belt.

David Mihai from Thomas Bennett Community College with Headteacher Stuart Smith

Putting in up to 14 hours of training a week the success is well deserved and David says he was told by his coach that it’s “a good taste of the future”.  When asked about his future ambitions for the sport, David was quick to say that he wants to become a World Title holder. Showing such dedication for someone so young this really does look to be a realistic ambition. 

Stuart Smith, Headteacher at Thomas Bennett Community College says “The amount of medals and trophies David has won is outstanding.  To become the UK and European Champion is phenomenal and shows such dedication and determination.  We couldn’t be prouder of David and his achievements and are excited to see what the future holds for him in the sport.”

David could well be the next sporting hero from Crawley.  Watch this space…


Crawley teacher wins Sussex teacher of the year award

It’s been an outstanding few weeks for Hannah Joyner a Learning Mentor at Thomas Bennett Community College who has been awarded Wellbeing Champion of the Year at the Sussex Teacher of the Year awards ceremony.



Working closely with students at the school Hannah offers outstanding pastoral support and always goes the extra mile. 

The heartfelt nomination was written by a student who said:

“She makes the school a better place where we feel like there is someone supporting us all the way”.

It’s clear to see that Miss Joyner loves her job and says “The students at the school are outstanding young people who are a pleasure to work with.  Hearing such wonderful words from a student validates why I enjoy what I do”.

Offering students excellent pastoral care and ensuring they feel supported at school is so important.  The students at Thomas Bennett Community College are obviously appreciative of the wonderful work the school do and this is so lovely to hear.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“The whole school community are very proud of Miss Joyner for winning the Wellbeing Champion award and for making such an important contribution to the lives of our students.”

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