School Vision and Aims

The Thomas Adams School Vision is that all students, whatever their circumstances, achieve their potential and are ready to contribute fully to their families, community and society.

This is not to be defined in terms of just examination success, although this is obviously vital, but includes achievement in all other areas including the ability to continue learning, solve problems, develop resilience and be active, informed citizens, prepared for life in modern-day Britain.

We must ensure that the school embraces an achievement culture with a shared vision. Every aspect of the school has to reflect the very best practice, with rigorous systems, attention to detail and a high degree of personalisation.

Aims and Objectives

  • To encourage and support the potential of all our students.
  • To ensure there is a culture throughout the school where excellence, progress and achievement are valued.
  • To provide an enjoyable and stimulating curriculum that meets the needs of all students.
  • To provide a disciplined, caring and moral environment which supports and inspires young people to become useful and caring citizens and family members.
  • To provide an ethos which promotes mutual respect, tolerance and individuality whilst appreciating the value of democracy and law.

To support the above there is the need for:

  • The development of a close partnership with parents and carers.
  • An efficiently managed school where all systems are the best that they can be.
  • A clear focus on teaching and learning.
  • A clear focus on literacy, numeracy and independent study skills.
  • The provision of a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for the students.
  • The development of community, education and business links.
  • The continuation of positive relationships between students and staff which makes the school a friendly, warm and vibrant place.
  • Sustaining of excellent standards of behaviour.
  • The continuing development of the student voice.
  • Good and accountable budgetary management.

We must always:

  1.  challenge complacency
  2.  challenge low aspirations.
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Thomas Adams School Campus

An Overview

The Thomas Adams School was established in 1976 on a 30 acre campus as a co-educational community school catering for all students in Wem and the surrounding areas. It was formed by the amalgamation of local schools dating back to 1650, when Sir Thomas Adams founded the Free School of Wem.

There are two main sites on the same large campus, which are approximately five minutes apart on foot. The Lowe Hill buildings cater for the 11-16 age range and provide excellent facilities for all curricular areas. At the Noble Street site of the campus, we have our Sixth Form. Housed in the attractive old grammar school buildings the sixth form enjoys the best of history and modernity, with first class new facilities provided more recently.   Our Sixth Form provides an attractive environment for around 300 of our Year 12/13 students. The sixth-formers enjoy a high degree of independence whilst still feeling a part of the whole school experience, with students aged 11-18. There is excellent IT provision on both sites.

Adams House is our thriving boarding house, welcoming students from Britain and abroad. Able to cater for up to approximately 60 boarders, Adams House has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The School is renowned for its Music, Drama and Sport. We have specialist Centres for all of these subjects with full performance facilities. We also have a multi-use sports centre, while our extensive playing fields give us additional sports facilities including tennis courts, artificial cricket wicket, basketball courts, hard surface play areas and many pitches for team games.

The whole campus is situated on the edge of Wem and is an attractive and pleasant location for both staff and students. Wem itself is a small market town, but about 60% of our students come to school on buses from the extensive surrounding rural area.

Our intake is above national average in ability but we are exceedingly proud to remain a community school in ethos and belief, and we aim to help all students of all abilities fulfil their potential. We currently have circa 1,200 students on roll and the atmosphere in the school is pleasant, good-natured and cooperative. Our teaching staff, numbering 90, and support staff are of the highest quality in professional skills and conscientiousness.

Our examination results continue to impress. The School’s most recent Ofsted inspection report graded the overall effectiveness of Thomas Adams as ‘Good’ in all areas but we are never complacent and are dedicated to achieving the best.

Whether a student has a sporting talent, or a talent in the Creative, Media and Performing Arts, we believe in fostering and nurturing that talent. In addition, we believe that the opportunity to partake in visits, both educational or leisure, as well as in activity programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh award, contributes to enabling our students to become well-rounded individuals who are ready to progress to further in higher education and the world of work.

Our pastoral system is organised by Year group and is strong and effective in taking action against any causes for concern or providing support where needed. Meanwhile, we encourage our students to participate in the wide range of House and other extra-curricular activities on offer. Our reputation with parents is exceptionally high and there is considerable pride in Thomas Adams amongst the local community, which we intend to keep justifying. Certainly we hope that the happy atmosphere and good relationships within Thomas Adams will be evident to those who visit the school.

Please find all the key documents you may require in the link below, which have been made available for you to download. Should you have any further queries please contact us: Phone: 01939 237000, email:

The Thomas Adams School
Lowe Hill
SY4 5UB 

01939 237000

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