Thomas Mills, a wealthy businessman and a prominent member of the Baptist community, is one of the two great benefactors of Framlingham, the other being Sir Robert Hitcham, lawyer. There is no known portrait of Thomas.
A Suffolk man, but not a native of Framlingham, Thomas came to the town in 1640 when he became an apprentice to one Edward Smith, wheelwright. Thomas obviously impressed his master, for in due course he inherited the business (1660). In 1662 he increased his fortune considerably by marrying Alice Groome, the widow of a wealthy Pettistree landowner. The marriage appears to have been a happy one but sadly Alice died in 1691, leaving all her estate to her husband.
Thomas was a prominent member of the local Baptist congregation. In those days of religious persecution, this was a dangerous course and he narrowly escaped imprisonment on a number of occasions. Clearly, he was a man of principle as well as a man of business.
When he died, Thomas left his fortune for good causes in Framlingham and other locations where he had had business interests. His will ordered the building of almshouses for the elderly poor which still stand - Pevsner calls them "a stately range". Unlike Hitcham's Almshouses, Thomas wanted people to be accepted whatever their religious convictions - a remarkable thing at that time.
Any money left over was to be spent on "the education of the children in Framlingham." Thomas Mills High School is the third to bear his name and still benefits from Thomas's estate. Since 1998 the Mills Charity has made a number of very generous and significant donations to help the school improve its buildings including the Mills Charity Building, Scrivener’s Building, the Performance Studio, Sports Hall 2 and the David Floyd Rooms.
In 2003 we celebrated the Tercentenary of Thomas’s will by establishing a fund to help educate children in developing countries (see Thomas Mills Tercentenary Fund). Since that year the school has celebrated the anniversary of Thomas’s gift on the annual Thomas Mills Day in January.
Thomas Mills died, leaving money for the elderly and for education in Framlingham
First Mills school opened in Brook Lane, Framlingham, for boys and girls
Mills school moved to 19, Double Street, Framlingham
Mills and Hitcham's schools amalgamated to provide elementary education. The origin of the modern Hitcham's Primary School.
Mills educational trust separated from Hitcham's once more: Mills money and some Hitcham's money set aside to build a new girls grammar school.
MILLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Mills Grammar School opened as a small independent school with 25 girls, aged 8 - 16, under Headmistress ELLEN MARY FISHER. (There was also provision for a kindergarten department, which could admit both boys and girls.)
Hervey Prizes established and awarded ever since
Prefects first appointed
Mills Grammar School became a Local Authority school: it had grown four times as big as it had been in 1902 and the Governors could not afford to expand the buildings
Carley Prizes established and awarded ever since
Houses first established
New buildings opened
New boarding house opened at The Limes, College Road
Miss Fisher retired. ETHEL MAY PRICKETT, MA, L es L, became Headmistress.
HMI General Inspection of the school described it as "a civilising influence" but considered that it would never "attain to advanced scholarship." It also condemned the accommodation and facilities, saying the school not only lacked "most of the amenities of a school but many of the essentials." The Local Authority refused further building work.
Mills threatened with removal to Saxmundham. Threat postponed by the outbreak of war, revived in 1945, and not finally withdrawn until 1955.
Mills became an 11 - 18 School, following the 1944 Education Act, although younger girls already in school were allowed to continue.
Wickham Market Rural Pupil Teacher Centre amalgamated with Mills. MISS CLARA TURTON (its head since 1920) joined the staff of Mills, in time becoming Sixth Form Mistress.
Mills celebrated its first 50 Years. MISS FLORENCE HORSBRUGH, Minister of Education in the Churchill government, was Guest of Honour for Speech Day.
HMI General Inspection commented very favourably on the school's progress since 1937.
MISS PRICKETT retired as Headmistress.
MISS B. E. LANGSHAW became the third Headmistress.
Miss Fisher died.
Sir Patrick Hamilton offered CRANSFORD HALL to the school as a residential boarding house.
New gate and railings bought for school as a memorial to Miss Fisher (they may still be seen in their original place in Fairfield Road).
Death of Miss Prickett. Her Memorial Fund, established then, still provides an annual sum, which is used to provide a University Scholarship for a Thomas Mills student to study Modern Languages.
HMI General Inspection commented favourably on the school's progress, especially as a sixth form centre.
Parents Association formed.
First French and German Exchange Visits organised.
First trip to the Low Countries (at first, Belgium, later, The Netherlands).
First School Fete held at Cransford (now, the Summer Fun Evening).
School bought its first minibus (cost, £950).
Boys admitted for the first time at 11, the Local Authority no longer paying Framlingham College to send grammar school boys there.
Sixth Form numbered 100 for the first time.
School raised sufficient money in one year to build a swimming pool.
Mills Grammar School closed and Miss Langshaw retired. 475 pupils.
FRAMLINGHAM AREA/MODERN SCHOOL
Framlingham Area School opened for 11 - 14 year olds not selected to attend a grammar school. 151 pupils, under Headmaster, STANLEY REEVE. An Evening Institute (for adult classes) attached to the School.
Official opening ceremony performed by Sir Frederick Mander, President of the National Union of Teachers.
STANLEY REEVE left to become Headmaster of Kesgrave Area School. F. L. ("Freddy") WALES became Headmaster.
Area School renamed "Modern School" following the passage of the 1944 Education Act.
SALLY BLINCO became the first student at any modern school in the county to pass GCE O Level examinations - eventually collecting passes in five subjects.
HMI General Inspection commented favourably on the work of the school in cramped and difficult conditions.
FREDDY WALES retired and MR ALFRED STEPHENS (Deputy Head since 1937) appointed Headmaster.
Major extensions to the buildings for a school which had grown to 254 students.
ALFRED STEPHENS retired - donating an impressive trophy - House Football Shield - and was succeeded as Headmaster by MR JOHN IVES.
School leaving age raised from 15 to 16 - new buildings erected to accommodate larger numbers (present music and drama rooms).
MR IDRIS SAXTON, Deputy Head, collapsed at school and died a few weeks later. He had been on the staff since the school opened.
369 pupils in the school.
MR IVES left the school to become Headmaster of Hardwick Middle School - MR MICHAEL BROWN became fifth and last Head.
MRS GWEN BALDRY, Senior Mistress, a member of staff since 1937, retired.
Framlingham Modern School closed. 1966 Local Authority published first proposals for comprehensive reorganisation of secondary schools. Framlingham Modern School to become a middle school; Mills Grammar to close; Framlingham College to be invited to become a 13 - 18 Upper School for the area. (After College Governors rejected this option, the County Council purchased land adjacent to the Modern School field on which to build a brand new upper school.)
Suffolk County Council decided to have an 11 - 18 High School in Framlingham, by expanding the modern school buildings. Later, they sold off the land previously purchased for the upper school.
THOMAS MILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Thomas Mills High School opened with MR MICHAEL BROWN as first Headmaster.
Building work finished at the new school and the Mills Grammar School was closed and, later, sold by the Mills Charity to which it belonged. The new buildings were, from the beginning, too small for the number of students (the Local Authority provided permanent buildings only for 590, including a sixth form of 125) and "temporary" mobile classrooms had to be brought from the Grammar School site.
Sixth form numbers more than double those in 1979 (220).
Local Authority closed the residential boarding facility at CRANSFORD HALL.
MICHAEL BROWN retired and succeeded as Headmaster by MR TONY LEACH.
MICHAEL SIMS, Head Boy 1981-82, tragically killed on holiday in the United States. A Memorial Fund established at School raised enough funds to found a permanent charity to benefit Thomas Mills students.
MISS PAT CORRIGAN, Deputy Head at Mills Grammar School (1966-79) and Thomas Mills (1979-88) retired.
After over a decade of campaigning, a new Sixth Form Centre was built by the Local Authority.
Parents rejected the option of Thomas Mills becoming a grant maintained school.
MR TONY LEACH left the school to become the Principal of Hamilton College and was succeeded as Headteacher by MR DAVID FLOYD.
School awarded TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE status and a CHARTER MARK Award.
SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR ALL IN THE FRAMLINGHAM AREA.
Ofsted General Inspection said, "THIS IS A GOOD SCHOOL WHERE STUDENTS MAKE GOOD PROGRESS AND REACH HIGH STANDARDS IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF CIVILISED COLLABORATION."
School awarded a SPORTSMARK.
MILLS CHARITY BUILDING - part of our Technology College development - opened.
Scrivener's Building opened
Performance studio built
Centenary of Mills Grammar School marked by the dedication of the ELLEN FISHER GARDEN, named in honour of the first Headmistress.
Tercentenary of Thomas Mills celebrated by the establishment of a charity to help the education of children in the developing world.
Silver Jubilee of Thomas Mills High School. HRH the Duke of Kent opened a new laboratory.
Mr David Floyd retired and was succeeded by Mr Colin Hirst.
New dining hall and second sports hall built.
Two new ICT rooms opened.
David Floyd rooms added to the Mills Charity Building in honour of the former Head (who died in 2008).
1st June Thomas Mills High School became an academy.
Mr Colin Hirst retired and was succeeded by Mr Philip Hurst.
Mr John Hibberd MBE retired after 38 years of service to the school
An original member of staff of Framlingham Area School in 1937. She was Senior Mistress from 1956 until her retirement in 1976. She left a considerable sum of money to the school in her will which is used to provide prizes in her name; some of it was used to help establish the School Archives.
BOWEN (nee NESLING), NANCY N.
Mrs Bowen's father, C.C. Nesling, was a Governor of Mills Grammar School, which she attended as a pupil. Mrs Bowen taught music at the school from 1953-61 and is Vice-President of the Mills Grammar School Association.
BROWN, M J M (MICHAEL), M.A.
Last Headmaster of Framlingham Modern School (1976-79) and first Headmaster of Thomas Mills High School (1979-85). Perhaps Mr Brown's major achievement was to bind together the Mills Grammar and Framlingham Modern Schools - and both their staffs - so smoothly and so quickly into one.
BRUNGER, CONSTANCE (d. 1980)
Daughter of W.T. Brunger, she succeeded her father as a Manager of Framlingham Area School and her mother as a governor of Mills Grammar School. She served both schools devotedly and with distinction for 30 years, and became Chairman of both their Governing Bodies. She endowed a prize fund in her will.
BRUNGER, WILLIAM THOMAS (d. 1937)
A well-known figure in Framlingham in the early years of the 20th Century, and Secretary of Framlingham College from 1885. He was a manager of Hitcham's School and was appointed as its representative on the governing body for the new Area School in 1936. His death in 1937 led to his widow and daughter presenting the new school with the Brunger Shield for house competitions, in his memory. His wife was sometime Governor of Mills Grammar School.
CARLEY, SAMUEL GREEN (d. 1924)
A prominent Framlingham figure, he became Chairman of Governors of Mills Grammar School in its early years. In his will, he established a charitable trust to provide prizes at the school, which are still awarded.
CORRIGAN, MISS P. M.
Deputy Head of Mills Grammar School, 1965-79, and of Thomas Mills High School, 1979-88, Miss Corrigan remained a loyal friend of the school. She played the pivotal role in holding the school together during comprehensive reorganisation.
EDEN, MRS SANDRA
An outstandingly talented Art teacher, she joined the staff of Mills Grammar School in 1965 and stayed on at Thomas mills High School after 1979. Head of Art, 1993 - 1995, when she retired through ill-health, sadly dying shortly afterwards. Generations of student-artists owe her an enormous debt.
FAIRWEATHER, MASON W. H.
Mr Fairweather taught at Framlingham Modern School in 1940 and from 1946-79 and was Head of Lower School at Thomas Mills High School, 1979-83. He taught generations of pupils how to tend farms and gardens and how to be good citizens. He was a great and much-loved teacher and a man of absolute integrity.
FAIRWEATHER, PAULINE A. M.
Daughter of F.L. Wales and wife of Mason (above), Mrs Fairweather made a very significant contribution to the school in her own right. From 1957 onwards, she taught, briefly, at Mills Grammar School (where she had also been a pupil for a few months) and, later, for several spells at Framlingham Modern School. Head of Home Economics at Thomas Mills High School, 1979-82.
FLOYD, DAVID GRAHAM
Headteacher, 1995-2005. It is impossible to overstate Mr Floyd’s contribution to Thomas Mills High School. He raised standards and transformed our buildings. His enterprising, get-up-and-go attitude, moral courage and excellent example, revitalised every aspect of the school. He died in 2008.
FISHER, ELLEN MARY (1872-1959)
Cambridge Local Certificate (Hons. in History); Cambridge Teacher's Diploma. Headmistress, Mills Grammar School, 1902-33. A devoutly Christian woman with a belief in the importance of practical service, she established Mills as a small private girls school and, later, presided over its transition to a county grammar school.
HAMILTON, ELEANOR, LADY (d.1958)
For many years a governor of Mills Grammar School. After her death, her son (Sir Patrick Hamilton, Bt) offered her home, CRANSFORD HALL, as a boarding house for the School.
HERVEY, LORD JOHN (1841-1902)
County councillor. A memorial fund established in 1903 provided prizes at four Suffolk schools, including the newly opened Mills Grammar School. For long misspelt "Harvey", these prizes are still awarded and the fund (although greatly reduced by inflation) still contributes to the cost.
HIBBERD, MBE, JOHN
Head of History, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Headteacher, served from 1975-2013. Mr Hibberd's contribution to the development and success of the school is inestimable. He was central to the team overseeing the transition of the two Framlingham Schools in the 1970s into the outstanding comprehenisve school it was to become. He was a 'rock and a pillar'. The comments by former staff and pupils on his retirement are testament to this. His award of an MBE was apt recognition of his services to education in Framlingham.
HILL, JAMES AND WILLIAM
Father and son, in turn Masters of the Mills School from 1799 until it closed.
HODGIN, WINIFRED WESTERN (1903-77)
Joined the staff of Mills Grammar School in 1942 to teach maths and geography and became Deputy Head in 1947 on Miss Pechey's retirement. She retired in 1963. She endowed a prize fund for the school in her will.
HULLAND, AGNES (b. 1861)
Instrumental music teacher at Mills Grammar School, 1902 - 1940, Mrs Hulland prepared generations of girls for Associated Board exams. The wife of the chemist in Framlingham, she later moved to Aldeburgh, travelling each day to Framlingham by railway train until she retired.
IVES, JOHN CHARLES
Headmaster of Framlingham Modern School, 1967 - 1976. Mr Ives had a great interest in drama which he did much to foster in the school.
LANCHESTER, REV CANON HENRY CRAVEN ORD (d.1947)
Rector of Framlingham from 1917, Canon Lanchester played a huge role in the affairs of the town and its schools. He was Chairman of Governors of both Mills Grammar School and Framlingham Area School for many years and founded a prize fund, from which Lanchester Prizes are still awarded.
LANGSHAW, BETTY E.
BA (Liverpool) - French. Headmistress of Mills Grammar School, 1958 - 1979 and Housemistress of Cransford Hall (Boarding House), 1959 - 1979. A tireless worker, Miss Langshaw built upon the foundations laid by her predecessors to modernise and extend the school curriculum. The Sixth Form grew steadily; interested girls were encouraged to take science; extra-curricular opportunities were expanded and all were encouraged to expand their horizons and take advantage of the opportunities opening up for girls at that time. In 1974, she presided over the school's successful transition to a co-educational grammar school.
It would be difficult to overestimate her contribution to the school: it is to a great extent upon the foundations she laid that Thomas Mills High School now stands. She remained the school's loyal friend until her death in 2018.
LANGTON, BEATRICE E (1883 - 1937)
Second Mistress (Deputy Head) of Mills Grammar School, 1915 - 1935, when she was forced through ill-health to retire. From 1926, she edited the school magazine. On her retirement, she presented the school with a silver cup, which is still used.
LEACH, ANTHONY J.
Headmaster (known, from 1993, as Headteacher) of Thomas Mills High School, 1985 - 1995. Mr Leach did much to raise the reputation of the school after the turbulent years of comprehensive reorganisation; under his leadership, the school went from strength to strength.
PRICKETT, ETHEL MAY (1897 - 1961)
MA (London); Licence-es-Lettres (Lille). Headmistress of Mills Grammar School, 1933 - 1957. A loveable, somewhat eccentric character, a lover of France and an excellent French teacher, she was totally dedicated to her school and its girls. It was she who, when the school was threatened with closure and re-location to Saxmundham, led the resistance and bought land next to the School so that it could expand on its own site. The Prickett Memorial Fund awards an annual Scholarship for a Thomas Mills student going on to higher education to study Modern Languages.
REEVE, STANLEY CYRIL (1903 - 1997)
Cambridge Teacher's Certificate. First Headmaster of Framlingham Area School, 1937 - 1940: previously, the Head of the village school at Snape. Although only Head for three years, Stanley Reeve had a powerful influence on the School and his former pupils remember him with great affection. He left to become Head of Kesgrave Area School - he had a handicapped daughter and wanted her to be nearer to a hospital in the difficult circumstances of wartime. In old age, he wrote a book of memoirs - "Stanley Reeve Recalls."
SIMS, MICHAEL PARK (1963 - 1985)
A pupil of Mills Grammar School and Thomas Mills High School from 1978 to 1982, having previously been educated in the United States. He was a very distinguished Head Boy from 1981 to 1982, when he left to study Medicine at University College, London. He was tragically killed in 1985, which led to the setting up of the Michael Sims Memorial Fund, a registered charity attached to the school.
Having first taught at Hitcham's School, Alfred Stephens became Deputy Head of Framlingham Area School in 1937, a post he held until 1956, when he became Headmaster. He retired in 1967, presenting the school with a fine shield for football competitions, which is still used.
TURTON, CLARA HELEN (1894 - 1968)
Head of Wickham Market Pupil Teacher Centre from 1920 to 1945, when she and her girls joined Mills Grammar School. In due course, she became Sixth Form Tutor, helping to build up Advanced Level work in arts subjects, until she retired in 1955. She endowed a prize fund for the school in her will.
WALES, F. L. ("FREDDY") (b. 1893)
Headmaster of Framlingham Area/Modern School, 1940 - 1956. Freddy Wales, a man of high standards, had to steer the school through the difficult war and post-war years. It says much that he managed at the same time to extend the sporting, musical and dramatic activities of the school, in all of which he had a keen interest. He was Secretary of the County Music Committee for many years.
WILLIAMS, BEATRICE MAUDE ("NOBBY") (1928 - 1997)
Nobby Williams, a pupil of Mills Grammar School, 1940 - 1946, became part-time P. E. teacher there in 1962 and revitalised the teaching of the subject - and extra-curricular provision. Eventually, she became Head of P. E and, later, at Thomas Mills High School, Assistant Head of Sixth Form. She retired in 1987, having worked devotedly for Mills students, both in and out of school hours, for a quarter of a century. She was, quite simply, incapable of speaking an untruth or of deliberately letting anyone down.
THE SCHOOL ARCHIVES are a collection of photographs, objects and documents, both official and informal, relating to the history of Mills Grammar School, Framlingham Area/Modern School and Thomas Mills High School. There is also a small collection of items relating to local history or to educational developments.
Some of the items were found in school, but the majority have been donated by individuals or organisations interested with the school or its past.
THE ARCHIVES are housed in in a specialist room with a display section in the School Library. The archives are available on request to staff, pupils, former staff and pupils or members of the local community, under normal terms and conditions, designed to protect the collection.
THE CATALOGUE is in the form of a database accessible on the school ICT network: at the last count, there were over 5000 entries. Searching for them is, however, quite easy using the database - please seek assistance, if you require it, from the librarian.
A small selection of items, which are listed in full in the catalogue, are RESTRICTED ACCESS ONLY. This is usually because they contain information which living people MIGHT find embarrassing. If you wish to view such an item, you must first seek the approval either of the Headteacher or Senior Teacher, Mr R H Hanley.
The school governors have laid down as their policy that, once accepted into THE SCHOOL ARCHIVES, items cannot be disposed of.
- A living history museum of the Second World War -
The Museum occupies two Second World War air raid shelters on the school site. Original;ly six shelters were built to protect the children and staff of Framlingham Area School; four have since been destroyed.
The Museum is named after Mr Stanley Reeve, the greatly respected Headmaster of Framlingham Area School from its opening in 1937 to 1940 and was opened 1998 by the late Mrs Dorothy Leggett, one of his pupils. The garden around the shelter is named after her.
One shelter houses a sound system and is used to give pupils and visitors the experience of through a noisy air raid.
The other shelter contains an exhibition of objects from the war years kindly donated by a number of friends of the school.
The Museum is managed by the school's history department and is used with the Key Stage 3 pupils when they study the war years.
It is usually open to the public on Open Day and the Summer Fun Evening (for a modest charge). Other schools may request to use it by contacting Mr Alex Pope at the school.
Michael Sims, a former Head Boy of Thomas Mills High School, was tragically killed in 1985. He was half way through his medical course at University College Hospital in London. This charity was founded in his memory to benefit the pupils of the school he had loved and to encourage his own interests in others.
The Trustees of the Fund use the interest earned on the capital sum of more than £90,000 that has been donated over the years since 1985 (it is still growing!) to further the following aims:
To award the annual Michael Sims Memorial Prize to a student who has combined interest and enthusiasm for academic study, leadership qualities and service to others to make a positive contribution to school life. These were qualities which Michael himself had in abundance.
To provide grants to students and former students (under the age of 25) of the school to help them undertake foreign travel for educational purposes.
To help former students of the school who become medical students.
To help promote an awareness amongst students of the school for the affairs of the developing world.
To purchase books for the School Library or items of equipment for the Science department.
The trustees usually meet twice a year, in February and June. There are ten Trustees, including the Headteacher of Thomas Mills (ex officio) and also, at present, Mr Hibberd and Mr Cann.
The Trustees welcome requests in writing from students and former students under the age of 25 years for grants to encourage travel for educational purposes. Letters requesting help may be addressed to any of the school-based trustees and should include the expected benefits of the trip, the costs to be incurred and a brief itinerary.
Thomas Mills Prizes is the consolidated charity which manages money donated over the years to endow prizes at the school. Most of the historic funds relate to the former Mills Grammar School and a few to the former Framlingham Modern School, while others have been endowed since Thomas Mills High School opened in 1979.
The various individual prize funds managed by the charity are as follows:
Will of S G Carley, Chairman of Governors, MGS, 1900 – 1914.
Prize for Outstanding Results in Upper Sixth.
Memorial fund for Lord John Hervey, county councillor.
Prize for English Literature in Upper Sixth.
Will of Canon H C O Lanchester, Rector of Framlingham, Chairman of Governors, MGS and FMS.
Prize for progress in Upper Sixth.
Hulme Welch Prizes
Prizes endowed in the memory of Geoffrey Hulme Welch by FADS at both MGS and FMS, originally for public speaking.
Prize for English Language in Upper Sixth.
Clara Turton Prizes
Memorial fund for Miss Turton, who was Head of the Wickham Market Rural Pupil Teacher Centre, 1920 – 1945 and Sixth Form Mistress at MGS, 1945 – 1955.
A prize for Progress in the Lower Sixth (Value = £7.00) and a Prize for History in Upper Sixth
Winifred Hodgin Prizes
Will of Miss W W Hodgin, Deputy Head of MGS, 1947 - 1963.
Prizes for both Geography and Mathematics in Upper Sixth.
Will of Miss Constance Brunger, Chairman of Governors, MGS and FMS.
Prizes for both French and Politics in Upper Sixth.
Will of Mrs Gwendoline Baldry, who taught at FMS, 1937 - 1976.
Prize for Design in Upper Sixth.
Endowed by Miss Betty Langshaw, Head of MGS, 1958 – 1979.
Prize for Original Research in Upper Sixth.
The Hibberd Prize
Endowed by John Hibberd MBE, Head of History, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Headteacher 1975-2013
Prize for the Upper Sixth student who has ‘added most value’ to his/her qualifications in the Sixth Form.
Endowed by the will of Miss P M Corrigan, Deputy Head of MGS and TMHS, 1965 – 1988 and by a fund collected by the MGS Association.
Prize for Endeavour in Year 11.
Mason Fairweather Prizes
Endowed in memory of Mr M W H Fairweather, who taught at FMS and TMHS, 1946-83.
Prize for Citizenship in Year 9.
There are three trustees who are elected by the School’s Governing Body for three-year terms. They meet once a year. They are not responsible for choosing who wins each prize, which is a matter for the Headteacher and his staff, but ensure that the named prizes are funded appropriately. Prizes are awarded at the Annual Awards Evening each December.
This registered charity (also referred to as the Prickett Memorial Fund) was formed in 1965 with funds donated in memory of Miss Ethel May Prickett, who from 1933 to 1957 was the second Headmistress of Mills Grammar School. She died in 1963. Her photograph hangs in the library and the plate underneath records publicly the existence of this charity.
Miss Prickett was a devoted teacher of French and led the first two school visits to France in the 1950s. Originally it was envisaged that the charity would fund travel abroad for educational purposes, but this function became increasingly redundant after 1982, when the Mills Educational Foundation began to do the same thing, and still more so when the Michael Sims Memorial Fund was established in 1987.
For many years in the 1980s and 1990s the fund was used to subsidise the French Exchange but, in 1996, the governors decided instead to use the annual income to provide a scholarship to a student leaving the sixth form to pursue the study at degree level of French (preferably) or of another modern foreign language. Their 1996 resolution lays down the procedure to be followed by the Headteacher and staff in awarding the scholarship.
The charity was re-registered in 1999 and later in the same year the Charity Commissioners issued a scheme to formalise its change of purpose.
The following Prickett Memorial Scholarships have been awarded:
1996 Marie-Claire Jenkins
1997 Jonathan Adam
1998 Timothy Baxter
1999 Katherine Wells
2000 Alexandra Pickering
2001 Richard Girling
2002 David Sleight
2003 Sarah Creighton
2004 Emma Fisher
2005 Henrietta Inman
2006 Celeste Small
2007 Charlotte Gaffer
2008 Kristin Mazurkewicz
2009 Rebekah Shoukry
2010 Lauren Dilieto
2011 Chloe Williams
2012 Madeleine Adey
2013 Florence Vane
2014 Sammy Fell
2015 Lizzie Green
2016 Francesca Auchterlonie
2017 Amy Ryder
2018 Molly Constanti
2019 Anna Brueck Seeley
The whole Governing Body used to act as trustees but since 2005, in a change approved by the Charity Commission, they now elect three trustees to manage its affairs. The trustees serve for three-year terms and meet once a year. They are not responsible for choosing who wins each scholarship, which is a matter for the Headteacher and his staff, but ensure that it is funded appropriately. The scholarships are awarded each September.
In 2003 – the tercentenary year of the man after whom the school is named – pupils, parents and staff raised £25,000 to endow a new charity. This capital sum has grown somewhat since.
The aim of the charity is to help children in poor countries – specifically to help them gain secondary education. Just as Thomas Mills left his wealth to help the poor elderly and the children of Framlingham, so this new charity is the school’s way of helping children who do not have all the advantages that our pupils have. It was felt in 2003 that this would be the most fitting memorial to our own great benefactor.
There are five Trustees who meet once a term to decide on how to spend the income of the fund. Pupils from each year also attend the meetings and have their say on who the fund should help. We sponsor a number of children in poor countries and have provided funds to help build secondary schools in Africa and to support a school in India.