Inspectors praise Framlingham school

A SUFFOLK high school has received a glowing report from Government inspectors.An Ofsted report, published last week following a visit by inspectors in October, describes Thomas Mills High School at Framlingham as “outstanding”.

By David Green

A SUFFOLK high school has received a glowing report from Government inspectors.

An Ofsted report, published last week following a visit by inspectors in October, describes Thomas Mills High School at Framlingham as “outstanding”.

It particularly praises the high standards achieved by pupils, the quality of teaching and learning and the leadership and management of the school.


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Thomas Mills High, a technology college for ten years, was designated a high performing specialist school by the Department for Education and Science in 2005.

In March this year, the school was granted a further specialist status - as a languages college.

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The new Ofsted report comments on the “extremely good extra-curricular activities” at the school, particularly in music, sport and drama, and of the “outstanding quality of care, guidance and support” provided for all pupils.

The inspectors also highlighted the good progress the school had made since the last inspection, the excellent behaviour of pupils and the significant contribution made to the life of the school by sixth form students.

Headteacher, Colin Hirst , said he was delighted with the outcome of the inspection.

“I am pleased that the very high standards the school achieves in so many areas have been recognised by the inspectors,” he said.

Barbara Howard, who ended her ten year term as chair of governors shortly after the report was published, said: “The school thoroughly deserves this recognition for all the fantastic work being undertaken by pupils, staff, governors in school and the wonderful support it receives from parents and the wider community.”

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