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Ipswich Prep School

Ipswich Prep School

3 Ivry Street, Ipswich, IP1 3QW, Suffolk

01473 282800



Ipswich Prep School
School type Co-educational Day Preparatory
Founded 1878
Headmistress Amanda Childs
Number of pupils 353
Day fees per annum £10,914 - £13,410
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:11
Associations IAPS, ISC

'Forward-thinking and committed to maintaining a high staff-to-pupil ratio, high teaching standards and a jam-packed list of clubs.' Good Schools Guide

Come and look around Ipswich Prep and you'll meet happy pupils and caring staff. Our ethos is based around the core values of care, passion, potential and communication and these values are evident in the tangible sense of excitement and fun that you'll notice when you visit.

You won't find our children cramming for SATs or worrying about their next assessment. Instead you'll find them bringing in a picture of a bee swarm they’ve spotted and explaining how it relates to their last biology lesson. You'll find them creating science experiments that fizz and bang with kitchen ingredients. Or you'll notice the beauty in their Hockney inspired Suffolk landscapes.

Our children achieve their full potential - this may be academic accolades, musical performances, representing the school in sport or by being recognised for helping others. Pupils develop a portfolio of interests that enables them to thrive as individuals and to be fully prepared for the next step. Whilst most children choose to move on to Ipswich School (ranked 6th in East Anglia by the Sunday Times) we ensure that the next school suits each individual child.

A strong pupil voice promotes confidence and enthusiasm in all our children. Good schools like ours are child-centred: they are places where children can have fun, be creative and express themselves whilst feeling supported and confident whatever the task. Our curriculum is extensive and includes many subjects now obsolete in the state system such as Drama. Specialist teaching starts right from Nursery with PE, Music and Library sessions. French starts from Reception and later on we teach a language carousel. In Upper Prep specialist teaching extends to include Art, DT and Science.

The co-curricular provision is deliberately jam-packed and covers anything from bushcraft, bingo and gardening all the way through to Fives, Skiing and Robotics. By encouraging the children to try new things they develop different skill sets to those formed in the classroom. This holistic approach to education enables our children to develop a growth mindset and prepares them brilliantly for their next steps.