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Ipswich School

Ipswich School

Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 3SG, Suffolk

01473 408300



Ipswich School
School type Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded before 1390
Headmaster Mr Nicholas Weaver
Date Appointed 2010
Co-ed Age Range 2-18
Number of pupils 864
Day fees per annum £16,326
Boarding fees per annum £32,631
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:20
Associations HMC, BSA, AGBIS, ISBA, ISC

Ipswich School is the top academic independent school in Suffolk and ranked in the top 150 schools in the UK (Sunday Times Parent Power).

Founded circa 1399, it is one of the oldest schools in England with a rich heritage – it is the only school to be mentioned in a play by Shakespeare and has one of the longest-standing school newsletters. Indeed, the student-led newsletter remains a popular weekly read for all in the school community to this day.

Ipswich School has a strong and consistent academic reputation. Students achieve excellent examination results and progress to the best universities, including Oxbridge. In 2020, 7 students went on to study at Cambridge or Oxford. The school also has an exceptional track record of students gaining places to study medicine and veterinary science – 9 students went on to study medicine in 2020.

Students are highly engaged and partake in a wide range of activities. Thursday afternoons are dedicated to activities that expand horizons and see pupils develop an understanding of their role within the community.

Lessons are dynamic and interactive, with small class sizes and a broad curriculum. Homework for its own sake is banned and instead pupils are set 'Preparation, Stretch, Consolidation' to encourage pupils to develop the skills and confidence to study on their own whilst reinforcing the skills and understanding developed at school. Life Skills are an important part of the curriculum, which start in the lower years and progress to 'The Edge' programme at Sixth Form - a series of multi-disciplinary lessons that includes an ILM certification in Leadership and Management.

Music, sport and drama provision are extensive and inclusive and see dedicated performers compete at national level. Music is a very popular activity with over half the school taking part in one or more of the ensembles. The orchestra performs at the world-renowned Aldeburgh Festival – the event founded by famous local composer Benjamin Britten – and the annual Festival of Music, hosted at the school brings the school and local community together.

Sport is taught by a team of highly qualified coaches and team achievements span all ages. Teams are regular National Cup finalists for both hockey and rugby from U13 upwards; the U15 and 1st XI Girls Cricket remain undefeated and U12 Boys Cricket team are County Champions.

Ipswich is less than an hour from London but is surrounded by seaside, forests and rivers. The school is just a few minutes from the stunning Suffolk Coast and 'Constable Country' - a protected area of outstanding natural beauty.

2020 GCSE results 9-7 grades: 70%

2020 A level results: A*-B grades: 86%; A*/A grades: 61%