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School’s setting in the Woolverstone Estate is glorous and great asset. Throughout the school the enrichment programme provides an additional seam of learning and encouragement with 150 activities available. This is one of the rare schools that teach dance as an examinable subject. School’s size contributes to the family feeling; with classes of 14, teaching can be tailored…

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What the school says...

Ipswich High School is a vibrant day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3–18, set in a beautiful 87-acre campus in Woolverstone on the banks of the River Orwell. With approximately 490 pupils, everyone at Ipswich High School is well known as an individual. We have small classes of hard-working pupils and inspirational teachers who help to instil a love of learning; the results of which are exceptional academic outcomes year-on-year.

We are just as ambitious outside of the classroom and pride ourselves on the huge breadth of our co-curricular programme, as well as offering a home-away-from-home boarding environment in our stunning refurbished boarding houses, The Dairy House and The Barns, which have recently been awarded ‘Best Boarding House Extension or Refurbishment’ by the Boarding Schools' Association.

It is our incredibly welcoming and friendly community that sets us apart. We inspire our pupils to achieve more than they previously thought possible. We do this by providing them with the widest possible range of experiences both inside and outside the classroom, to broaden their minds and create new opportunities for every pupil to thrive. We understand that the world today requires young people to be so much more than simply good at passing exams. As a school, our vision is to prepare our pupils to thrive in the 21st Century by using their talents to improve the lives of others and through doing so, make their own unique mark on the world.
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Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.


Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2023, Dan Browning, a history graduate from Anglia Ruskin with postgraduate qualifications from Cambridge, UEA and the Institute of Education. Previously headmaster of Wymondham College, one of the country’s leading state boarding schools, where he oversaw an extensive programme that included the opening of the new prep school. Before that he was executive principal of the British Forces schools, St John’s and King Richard, in Cyprus, head of history at the Alice Smith School in Malaysia and vice principal of Tendring Technical College.

His main focus will be ‘continuing to build on the existing platform of high academic achievement, increasing the size of the sixth form and developing boarding’. He readily acknowledges that the previous few years, as the school left the GDST, introduced boys and opened a...

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Special Education Needs

We aim to provide equal opportunities to develop all pupils’ talents and abilities, and we recognise that for some children, support may be needed for this to be achieved. At whole school level, this is nurtured and developed through differentiated teaching in the classroom. For some pupils however, additional support is required. We offer a range of interventions that aim to meet their individual needs through our learning support department. We would welcome you to visit Ipswich High School to discuss your child’s special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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