Pupils at Thomas Mills High School benefit from a thriving extra-curricular programme. The opportunities for further learning opportunities and experiences at the school are extensive:
Through a wide variety of sports teams and clubs as well as the Inter-House Sports Programme
Music and singing tuition lessons as well as opportunities to be involved in bands, choirs and the Christmas and Summer Concerts
Extra-curricular Drama club leading to the highly-acclaimed annual School Producti
Since 2010, the school has run the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which provides a growing number of pupils the chance to gain a nationally-recognised qualification as well as memorable experiences of working as part of a team in challenging environments.
An extensive programme of individual activities are also offered by departments through the year
P.E. Department Extra Curricular Activities
Sports Teams achievements
Recent sporting successes at County and Regional level for sports teams at Thomas Mills include:
April 2015: Eastern Counties Regional Champions (U13 Boys Rugby)
April 2015: County Champions (U13 Boys Rugby Squad)
April 2015: County Champions (U13 Girls Hockey)
April 2015: County Finals Third Placed (U15 Girls Rugby Squad)
March 2015: County Shield Third Placed (U12 Boys Rugby Squad)
March 2015: County Cup Semi-Finalists (U12 Boys Football Squad)
January 2015: County Finals Third Placed (U14 Boys Badminton)
April 2014: Eastern Counties Regional Champions (U13 Boys Rugby)
March 2014: County Champions (U16 Girls Hockey)
March 2014: County Champions (U13 Boys Rugby Squad)
March 2014: County Shield Champions (U12 Boys Rugby Squad
Extra-Curricular Sports Programme
The PE Department run a wide range of extra-curricular activities, with over thirty different sports clubs running at lunchtimes during the week and a busy programme of fixtures taking place after school throughout the year.
The timetable from September to April provides team training sessions for both genders in every age group in our four main team sports (Rugby, Hockey, Football and Netball) as well as clubs that are open to all age groups, such as Badminton, Basketball, Table Tennis, Trampolining and Cheerleading.
Our sports teams compete in a variety of competitions, including local leagues run by High Suffolk School Sports Partnership (HSSSP) against other secondary schools in our Partnership as well as County, Regional and National Competitions, including the ESFA Cup for Football and the Natwest Cup for Rugby. Friendly fixtures and tournaments are organised additionally throughout the season.
In addition to the traditional team sports, the school also enters annual Cross Country events as well as regional Swimming Galas and Trampoline Competitions. There is also an Equestrian Team that enter local competitions, as well as a Sailing Team who compete in an annual School’s Regatta.
In the Summer term, team practices run for all age groups in Cricket, Rounders and Tennis, as well as open clubs for Athletics, Dodgeball, Softball and Salsa. There are several Athletics Competitions that the school enter, in addition to the local leagues and National competitions for Cricket, Rounders and Tennis. There are also opportunities for the school to enter teams into Archery, Golf, Dodgeball, Handball and Volleyball competitions that are run annually within the county.
Inter-House Sports Programme
The Inter-House Sports Programme also runs throughout the year, with half-termly competitions in all of the main team sports, as well as a Cross Country competition, culminating in Sports Day in the Summer term. These run at three different age groups; Seniors (Years 10-13), Juniors (Years 8-9) and a separate Year 7 competition. These are organised with the Junior and Senior Sports Captains, who are elected every year in each house and are given responsibility to organise their teams.
Click here to view the Sports Day Record Holders. Click here to see the Sports Day 2014 Gallery.
Click here to view the current holders of the Inter-House Sports Cups.
The reigning Sports Day champions are Pembroke, and the current Sports Captains are:
The Department runs an array of extra-curricular ensembles, which currently comprises of First and Second Orchestras, Year 7 and Senior Choirs, Jazz Group, Samba Group, String Group, Wind Band, Recorder Group, Flute Choir, Guitar Ensemble and Chamber Choir. First Orchestra and Senior Choir take part in regular foreign tours, and have travelled to Prague, Salzburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris and Tuscany and Belgium in recent years. Large-scale concerts are held at Christmas and Easter, in addition to smaller chamber concerts and a school production in collaboration with the Drama Department. Recent orchestral repertoire has included the Elgar Cello Concerto and Mozart Clarinet Concerto, whilst the Senior Choir has performed a medley from West Side Story and Elgar’s As Torrents in Summer. Opportunities are taken to enter various competitions and festivals, such as A Celebration of Schools’ Music at Snape Maltings and the Music for Youth Festival. The schools’ ensembles are active in the community, participating in carol singing, joint concerts with local ensembles and village fetes.
At present, instrumental tuition is available in violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, guitar, recorder and drums. Vocal tuition is also available. There is a small termly charge which is reviewed annually. Students who take GCSE or A level music receive free tuition.