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School aware that not all girls enjoy team games and encourages plenty of alternatives, including yoga and pilates, riding (school has an equestrian team), sailing and fencing. Recognises that enjoying games or exercise generally may be a matter of confidence. Approaching the school along a tree-lined avenue surrounded by sheep is to feel a lift in spirits. ’It makes me feel pleased turning into the drive every morning’, said one pupil, and the girls are all aware of their luck in enjoying such surroundings...

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What the school says...

Founded in 1878, Ipswich High School has a longstanding reputation for offering an exceptional education and experience to girls. We tailor our curriculum and approach for each individual, challenging her and encouraging growth, enthusiasm and self-development.

Our beautiful 84 acre campus is located in Woolverstone, just outside of Ipswich. The spacious site has superb facilities such as our theatre, ICT suites, a 25m swimming pool, recently refurbished Sixth Form suite, cookery rooms and floodlit AstroTurf pitches. We also capitalise on our outstanding natural surroundings, our woodland provides an outdoor learning area for the Junior School and the pond and parkland are used for scientific research.

We welcome girls from across Suffolk, Essex and South Norfolk, many of whom travel to school using our extensive coach network. We are proud to develop girls who are inspirational, respectful, courageous, ambitious and have real integrity.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Ms Oona Carlin BSc, studied biochemistry at Imperial college, London. Previously deputy head at Putney High (GDST) and before that head of chemistry at the Royal Masonic School. Early 40s, elegant, but not over-polished, and approachable. Having a wide experience of different schools, including two years at the English school in Bogota, Columbia, she is convinced about the benefits of a girls’ school, ’Leadership opportunities and a free unfettered choice of subjects,’ plus of course all the benefits of belonging to the Girls’ Day School Trust for networking purposes in the long term. Going down well with parents, ’Mustard – getting to know the place from top to bottom’; ‘Has the right tone and approach and seems to have clear ideas of the school’s direction.’ Is unflustered by numbers leaving for pastures...

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Special Education Needs

We aim to provide equal opportunities to develop all girls’ talents and abilities, although we do recognise that, for some girls, 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 girls however, additional support is required. Through our Learning Support department, we offer a range of interventions that aim to meet girls' individual needs. We would welcome you to visit Ipswich High School to discuss your daughters special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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