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Ipswich School

Ipswich School

Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 3SG, Suffolk

01473 408300



Ipswich School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Prep & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded before 1390
Headmaster Mr Nicholas Weaver
Date Appointed 2010
Day fees per annum £19,704 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £40,365 per annum
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:20
Associations BSA, HMC, AGBIS, ISBA, ISC

Ipswich School is the top independent school in Suffolk. A consistently outstanding academic performance is more than matched by one of the best co-curricular programmes in the country; this is a school community with kindness at its core and this makes us a happy, busy and fun school to be at.

Each pupil is treated as an individual and that's because our teachers know their pupils really well. We have ideal class sizes and teachers have the time to understand each pupil - this means that learning can be adapted to suit individuals' needs and the result of that is pupils that enjoy lessons and thrive academically.

We have a strong and consistent academic reputation. Our students achieve excellent examination results and progress to the best universities, including Oxbridge and top Russell Group. In 2023, 39% achieved Grades 9-8 and 63% achieved Grades 9-7 in our biggest ever GCSE cohort of 143 students. A Level results were 48% A*-A and 80% A*-B again, with the school's biggest ever A Level cohort of 151 students.

We believe that a rich and varied co-curricular provision complements an excellent academic education, giving our pupils the opportunity to develop many valuable transferable skills allowing them to realise their full potential.

Our pupils are incredibly varied in their interests and achievements and we love that about them. We often see the 'Ipswich all-rounder' develop as students discover the joy in something outside of the core curriculum. Whether they are on the sports field, on stage or in the concert hall, pupils learn to take risks in a supportive environment, how to recover from setbacks, how to collaborate in a team-setting and how to become effective leaders. It's not uncommon for our rugby players to perform in the orchestra or for our musicians to discover a love of hockey. Our students want to achieve their best and progress to top universities but they also leave the school with a portfolio of wider achievements and interests.

Ipswich School has attractive boarding facilities at Westwood, a Victorian mansion set in wooded grounds about 200 metres from the school campus. We also have a Sixth Form Boarding House at Anglesea Heights, close to the centre of Ipswich and the historic Christchurch Park. As a largely day school we offer a wonderful opportunity for our small number of boarders to enjoy a close knit community with a strong sense of identity.

"As pupils move through the school, their confidence increases, nurtured by excellent welfare and pastoral support. Pupils are reflective and resilient, whether settling in as new boarders or managing the emotional aspects of forming new friendships" - ISI Inspection Report, 2022