Our Vision

Our main goal is simple but challenging and enshrines our determination that our students have the very best: “We aspire to ensure that all our students, irrespective of ability and regardless of anyone’s doubts, achieve their potential in full; and we aspire in this way to make Thomas Mills High School the best in the country.” Below you will see our Charter of Twelve Values, which we regard as a central guide to life at Thomas Mills.

Founded in 1979, Thomas Mills High School follows in the tradition of two earlier schools associated with the same name and foundation – the Mills School of 1751 and Mills Grammar School (1902-1979). It is on the site of another forerunner, Framlingham Area Modern School (1937-1979).

Following in their footsteps, we continue to provide a first-class education for the young people of the area, with an emphasis on high standards of achievement in all aspects of school life and the wider world.

Our students are able to thrive as individuals whilst respecting our shared values.

We want them to work hard and to the best of their ability – and not to be satisfied with less – an ethos passed from old to new students created by the special atmosphere at Thomas Mills.

These high expectations lead to a strong culture of success; our examination results at every level are impressive and are matched by our achievements in Music, Drama and Sport as well as our concern for and involvement in the wider community.

Overwhelmingly, our students are happy and well-motivated.

Our teachers are a key resource; you will find that the Thomas Mills team is made up of dedicated, hard-working, high calibre staff. They appreciate the focus on the curriculum which provides pupils with the widest range of options.

Our over-arching aim is to make Thomas Mills a great place to learn, a great place to teach and work and a great school for our whole community.

A Charter of Values

We, the staff, pupils and governors of Thomas Mills High School, regard the following twelve values as central to our purpose:

  1. A love of learning for its own sake
  2. Vigour and optimism in embracing the future
  3. The intrinsic virtue of persistent hard work
  4. Acceptance of personal responsibility
  5. Equal value accorded to all persons
  6. Courtesy, self-discipline and respect for others
  7. A determination to achieve excellence in all we do
  8. Honesty, moral courage and integrity
  9. Good fellowship
  10. Service to others
  11. Leadership and enterprise
  12. Respect for the traditions and the achievements of the school

Joining Thomas Mills High School & Sixth Form – September 2025

You would be most welcome to attend our Open Mornings (30th September – 4th October 2024) and Open Evening, which takes place on Thursday 3rd October 2024, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Click the letter link for more information.

Open Day Letter to Parents