The Thomas Adams School was established in 1976 on a 30 acre campus as a co-educational comprehensive school catering for all pupils in Wem and the surrounding communities. It was formed by the amalgamation of local schools dating back to 1650 when Sir Thomas Adams, Bt. 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. They provide excellent basic facilities for all curricular areas and are in a good structural condition.
At the Noble Street site of the campus, we have “Adams College” housed in the attractive old grammar school buildings but with first class new facilities provided relatively recently. Adams College is our sixth-form centre and provides an attractive environment for our 350+ Year 12/13 students who have a high degree of independence whilst being part of an 11-18 school. There is excellent ICT provision on both sites.
At Noble Street we also have a specialist Music Centre, a Drama and Performance Centre as well as a thriving boarding house, Adams House, which has 62 boarders who come from both Britain and abroad.
The School also enjoys the benefit of a joint-use sports centre, and our extensive fields have 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 very attractive and pleasant for both staff and students.
Wem itself is a small market town, but c 60% of our students come to school on buses from the extensive rural area that surrounds Wem. Indeed, we are currently oversubscribed in all year groups and attract students to us from a wide area including Whitchurch, Market Drayton and North Shrewsbury.
The intake is above national average in ability but we are still very proud to be a comprehensive school in ethos and belief.
We currently have c.1375 students on roll. The vast majority of them are pleasant and good natured - we have relatively few very difficult students. At the same time the students can be a little insular and it is as necessary to widen their horizons as well as challenge and encourage their aspirations.
We have c.90 teaching staff and a large team of support staff and I have nothing but admiration for their conscientiousness, professional skills and the collegiate feeling they create. The governors and senior management team aim to pay the highest attention to staff welfare.
We have a mixed-ability Year 7, with setting in Mathematics, English, MFL and PE, and then set fully across the curriculum in Year 8 and annually. Curricular organisation is based on departments. We have an excellent reputation for Visual Communications including Film, Media, Graphics and Photography as well as Sports, Drama, Art and Music.
Pastorally the students are organised in year groups and the work of the pastoral team is regarded as a real strength of the School in the way in which it supports our strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Moreover, the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer serves to enrich the lives of our students.
The reputation of the School with parents is exceptionally high and there is considerable pride in the School amongst the local community which we intend to keep justifying.
We work hard as a team to ensure that we are giving the students the best opportunity to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
Our examination results are important to us, as is the ability of the School to create well-rounded individuals.
In 2014 our GCSE results were:
5+ A*-C = 81%
5+ A*-C inc English and Maths = 64%
20% of passes were at A*/A
EBacc = 42%
20% A*/A (up from 11% last year)
96% pass rate (A*-E)
28 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate
In our Ofsted inspection (March 2014) the School was judged to be Good in all categories.