Thomas Adams School

Thomas Adams School is a coeducationalsecondary school boarding school and sixth form in Wem, Shropshire, England. The school takes pupils from ages 11–18 and currently has just over 1,400 on roll. The school has the Schools for Health Award and in 2002 obtained Media Arts College status.[1][failed verification]

Not to be confused with Adams’ Grammar School.

Academy in Wem, Shropshire, England
The Thomas Adams School

Thomas Adams School Crest
Lowe Hill





52.8589°N 2.7301°W / 52.8589; -2.7301

Former names The Free School of Wem, Adams Grammar School Wem
Type Academy
Established 1650; 371 years ago (1650)
Founder Sir Thomas Adams
Department for Education URN 147508Tables
Ofsted Reports
Chair of Governors Jo Hickson
Headteacher Mark Cooper
Gender Coeducational
Age 11 to 18
Houses Clee, Lawley, Haughmond, Caradoc, Corndon, Hawkstone & Grinshill
Colour(s) Blue, White


Affiliations Keele University
Drapers’ Company of London

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The school was founded in 1650 by Sir Thomas Adams, the Lord Mayor of London in 1645, who was described by the diarist Samuel Pepys as a “comely old alderman”. He was a Sheriff of London, Master of the Company of Drapers and an MP. He was a staunch royalist, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London for his royalist sympathies but was later sent by Parliament to the Hague in 1660 to wait upon King Charles II who was about to be restored to the throne. He also paid for the Bible to translated into Persian.

Adams Grammar School merged with Wem Secondary Modern School in 1976 to form Adams School, later named Thomas Adams School.

In March 2020 the school joined The Priory Trust.[2]

The school is rated (in 2014 and 2017) by Ofsted to be good.[3] The school has a strong connection with the Drapers Company, an ancient London guild who nominate two governors to sit on the school’s governing body. The Drapers Company is well known for its educational connections and charitable contributions, it helps support a number of schools and universities which have historical links with the company.

  • Samuel Garbet, topographer and local historian of Wem, was second master at Wem Grammar School 1712-42, retiring after declining the school headship.[4]

Although there is no active alumni association, over 1,400 ex-pupils of Adams Grammar School, Wem Modern School, Adams School and Thomas Adams School are members of the Facebook group Adams School Wem Nostalgia Group.[5]

Notable past-pupils of the Thomas Adams School include:

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