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A surprise to many, in 2017 Ipswich High School parted ways with the GDST, was purchased by Ipswich Education Ltd and announced plans to welcome boys from 2018 and boarders from 2019. Approached via a tree-lined avenue surrounded by acres of sheep, Ipswich High already has the look of an idyllic semi-rural boarding and day school. Football and cricket on the curriculum long before the boys turned up, but an expanded fixture list is the hope...

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Ipswich High School is a vibrant day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3-18, set in an idyllic 87-acre campus in Woolverstone on the banks of the River Orwell. With approximately 450 pupils, everyone at Ipswich High School is well known and nobody is left out. 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-from-home boarding environment in our stunning newly developed boarding house.

Above all, our ambition is not to make our pupils fit a pre-defined view of what they should be. We believe in getting to know every pupil and using our school to inspire them to achieve more than they previously thought possible and to leave us believing there are no limits to what they can achieve, for themselves and for others.
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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.


Unusual sports

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



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Since Sept 2020, Mark Howe. Began his career as a history teacher in a state school in Hampshire in 2006 and after two years, became professional mentor for all trainee and newly qualified teachers in the school and in the same year he completed the postgraduate certificate of innovation in education at Warwick. Appointed as head of history and secondary teaching and learning co-ordinator at an international school in China, then returned to the UK five years later as head of an independent boarding school in Devon.

Head of prep school since April 2019, Lisa Finch (replaced Eileen Fisher, who departed after 10 years in the role for a founding headship in China). Mrs Finch, previously head of Stanway Fiveways Primary School in Colchester, has a background and degree specialism in...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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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