Key People


An original member of staff of Framlingham Area School in 1937. She was Senior Mistress from 1956 until her retirement in 1976. She left a considerable sum of money to the school in her will which is used to provide prizes in her name; some of it was used to help establish the School Archives.



Mrs Bowen’s father, C.C. Nesling, was a Governor of Mills Grammar School, which she attended as a pupil. Mrs Bowen taught music at the school from 1953-61 and is Vice-President of the Mills Grammar School Association.



Last Headmaster of Framlingham Modern School (1976-79) and first Headmaster of Thomas Mills High School (1979-85). Perhaps Mr Brown’s major achievement was to bind together the Mills Grammar and Framlingham  Modern Schools – and both their staffs – so smoothly and so quickly into one.



Daughter of W.T. Brunger, she succeeded her father as a Manager of Framlingham Area School and her mother as a governor of Mills Grammar School. She served both schools devotedly and with distinction for 30 years, and became Chairman of both their Governing Bodies. She endowed a prize fund in her will.



A well-known figure in Framlingham in the early years of the 20th Century, and Secretary of Framlingham College from 1885. He was a manager of Hitcham’s School and was appointed as its representative on the governing body for the new Area School in 1936. His death in 1937 led to his widow and daughter presenting the new school with the Brunger Shield for house competitions, in his memory. His wife was sometime Governor of Mills Grammar School.



A prominent Framlingham figure, he became Chairman of Governors of Mills Grammar School in its early years. In his will, he established a charitable trust to provide prizes at the school, which are still awarded.



Deputy Head of Mills Grammar School, 1965-79, and of Thomas Mills High School, 1979-88, Miss Corrigan remained a loyal friend of the school. She played the pivotal role in holding the school together during comprehensive reorganisation.



An outstandingly talented Art teacher, she joined the staff of Mills Grammar School in 1965 and stayed on at Thomas mills High School after 1979. Head of Art, 1993 – 1995, when she retired through ill-health, sadly dying shortly afterwards. Generations of student-artists owe her an enormous debt.



Mr Fairweather taught at Framlingham Modern School in 1940 and from 1946-79 and was Head of Lower School at Thomas Mills High School, 1979-83. He taught generations of pupils how to tend farms and gardens and how to be good citizens. He was a great and much-loved teacher and a man of absolute integrity.



Daughter of F.L. Wales and wife of Mason (above), Mrs Fairweather made a very significant contribution to the school in her own right. From 1957 onwards, she taught, briefly, at Mills Grammar School (where she had also been a pupil for a few months) and, later, for several spells at Framlingham Modern School. Head of Home Economics at Thomas Mills High School, 1979-82.



Headteacher, 1995-2005. It is impossible to overstate Mr Floyd’s contribution to Thomas Mills High School. He raised standards and transformed our buildings. His enterprising, get-up-and-go attitude, moral courage and excellent example, revitalised every aspect of the school. He died in 2008.


FISHER, ELLEN MARY (1872-1959)

Cambridge Local Certificate (Hons. in History); Cambridge Teacher’s Diploma. Headmistress, Mills Grammar School, 1902-33. A devoutly Christian woman with a belief in the importance of practical service, she established Mills as a small private girls school and, later, presided over its transition to a county grammar school.



For many years a governor of Mills Grammar School. After her death, her son (Sir Patrick Hamilton, Bt) offered her home, CRANSFORD HALL, as a boarding house for the School.


HERVEY, LORD JOHN  (1841-1902)

County councillor. A memorial fund established in 1903 provided prizes at four Suffolk schools, including the newly opened Mills Grammar School. For long misspelt “Harvey”, these prizes are still awarded and the fund (although greatly reduced by inflation) still contributes to the cost.



Head of History, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Headteacher, served from 1975-2013. Mr Hibberd’s contribution to the development and success of the school is inestimable. He was central to the team overseeing the transition of the two Framlingham Schools in the 1970s into the outstanding comprehenisve school it was to become. He was a ‘rock and a pillar’. The comments by former staff and pupils on his retirement are testament to this. His award of an MBE was apt recognition of his services to education in Framlingham.



Father and son, in turn Masters of the Mills School from 1799 until it closed.



Joined the staff of Mills Grammar School in 1942 to teach maths and geography and became Deputy Head in 1947 on Miss Pechey’s retirement. She retired in 1963. She endowed a prize fund for the school in her will.


HULLAND, AGNES (b. 1861)

Instrumental music teacher at Mills Grammar School, 1902 – 1940, Mrs Hulland prepared generations of girls for Associated Board exams. The wife of the chemist in Framlingham, she later moved to Aldeburgh, travelling each day to Framlingham by railway train until she retired.



Headmaster of Framlingham Modern School, 1967 – 1976. Mr Ives had a great interest in drama which he did much to foster in the school.



Rector of Framlingham from 1917, Canon Lanchester played a huge role in the affairs of the town and its schools. He was Chairman of Governors of both Mills Grammar School and Framlingham Area School for many years and founded a prize fund, from which Lanchester Prizes are still awarded.



BA (Liverpool) – French. Headmistress of Mills Grammar School, 1958 – 1979 and Housemistress of Cransford Hall (Boarding House), 1959 – 1979. A tireless worker, Miss Langshaw built upon the foundations laid by her predecessors to modernise and extend the school curriculum. The Sixth Form grew steadily; interested girls were encouraged to take science; extra-curricular opportunities were expanded and all were encouraged to expand their horizons and take advantage of the opportunities opening up for girls at that time.  In 1974, she presided over the school’s successful transition to a co-educational grammar school.

It would be difficult to overestimate her contribution to the school: it is to a great extent upon the foundations she laid that Thomas Mills High School now stands. She remained the school’s loyal friend until her death in 2018.


LANGTON, BEATRICE E (1883 – 1937)

Second Mistress (Deputy Head) of Mills Grammar School, 1915 – 1935, when she was forced through ill-health to retire. From 1926, she edited the school magazine. On her retirement, she presented the school with a silver cup, which is still used.



Headmaster (known, from 1993, as Headteacher) of Thomas Mills High School, 1985 – 1995. Mr Leach did much to raise the reputation of the school after the turbulent years of comprehensive reorganisation; under his leadership, the school went from strength to strength.  


PRICKETT, ETHEL MAY (1897 – 1961)

MA (London); Licence-es-Lettres (Lille). Headmistress of Mills Grammar School, 1933 – 1957. A loveable, somewhat eccentric character, a lover of France and an excellent French teacher, she was totally dedicated to her school and its girls. It was she who, when the school was threatened with closure and re-location to Saxmundham, led the resistance and bought land next to the School so that it could expand on its own site. The Prickett Memorial Fund awards an annual Scholarship for a Thomas Mills student going on to higher education to study Modern Languages.


REEVE, STANLEY CYRIL (1903 – 1997)

Cambridge Teacher’s Certificate. First Headmaster of Framlingham Area School, 1937 – 1940: previously, the Head of the village school at Snape. Although only Head for three years, Stanley Reeve had a powerful influence on the School and his former pupils remember him with great affection. He left to become Head of Kesgrave Area School – he had a handicapped daughter and wanted her to be nearer to a hospital in the difficult circumstances of wartime. In old age, he wrote a book of memoirs – “Stanley Reeve Recalls.”


SIMS, MICHAEL PARK (1963 – 1985)

A pupil of Mills Grammar School and Thomas Mills High School from 1978 to 1982, having previously been educated in the United States. He was a very distinguished Head Boy from 1981 to 1982, when he left to study Medicine at University College, London. He was tragically killed in 1985, which led to the setting up of the Michael Sims Memorial Fund, a registered charity attached to the school.



Having first taught at Hitcham’s School, Alfred Stephens became Deputy Head of Framlingham Area School in 1937, a post he held until 1956, when he became Headmaster. He retired in 1967, presenting the school with a fine shield for football competitions, which is still used. 


TURTON, CLARA HELEN (1894 – 1968)

Head of Wickham Market Pupil Teacher Centre from 1920 to 1945, when she and her girls joined Mills Grammar School. In due course, she became Sixth Form Tutor, helping to build up Advanced Level work in arts subjects, until she retired in 1955. She endowed a prize fund for the school in her will.


WALES, F. L. (“FREDDY”) (b. 1893)

Headmaster of Framlingham Area/Modern School, 1940 – 1956. Freddy Wales, a man of high standards, had to steer the school through the difficult war and post-war years. It says much that he managed at the same time to extend the sporting, musical and dramatic activities of the school, in all of which he had a keen interest. He was Secretary of the County Music Committee for many years.



Nobby Williams, a pupil of Mills Grammar School, 1940 – 1946, became part-time P. E. teacher there in 1962 and revitalised the teaching of the subject – and extra-curricular provision. Eventually, she became Head of P. E and, later, at Thomas Mills High School, Assistant Head of Sixth Form. She retired in 1987, having worked devotedly for Mills students, both in and out of school hours, for a quarter of a century. She was, quite simply, incapable of speaking an untruth or of deliberately letting anyone down.