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Leading school in terms of exam results in the Ipswich area. ‘People sometimes lazily categorise us a as a hothouse,’ laments head. ‘We are selective but there is huge value-added; the co-curriculum provides a wealth of opportunities for students’ engagement.’ Growth mindset school, so Academic Excellence Programme rather than gifted and talented, with extra lessons for stretch and a specialised programme of talks and seminars. ‘The school is relatively agile while not being over-reactive to fads,’ explains head. ‘We move with the times’... 

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At Ipswich School, we offer our pupils a supportive environment that encourages them to enjoy learning, grow in self-confidence and acquire a wide range of worthwhile interests. We believe that school should be a happy place where pupils receive a broad education that fires their imagination and develops their personality. High academic expectations are complemented by the development of values and skills that give them firm foundations for adult life. ...Read more

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Since 2010, Nicholas Weaver BA. Read engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge. Previously deputy head (academic) at Portsmouth Grammar, and before that taught physics at the Leys School, Cambridge, the Royal Grammar School, Guilford, and Radley College. Urbane and apparently unrufflable, married with three children, all pupils at Ipswich School. Committed to developing in his students not just the skills needed for A*s but ‘the flexibility of mind to apply their knowledge to novel situations, using those high-level taxonomy skills which transfer across disciplines’. This has called for an intellectual approach to the academic curriculum at Ipswich and also the important and wide-ranging co-curriculum, mostly student-led, which is designed for balance above all else. ‘He is incredibly positive, dynamic, determined and clearly proud of the school and everything it stands for,’ said a parent. 'I...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department offers expert support to pupils throughout the school from Year 7 to 13. There are three members of staff including a Dyslexia Specialist Teacher and a teacher qualified to teach English as an Additional Language. We have experience working with pupils with a broad range of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and EAL (English as an Additional Language), as well as those with organisational issues or those who are not performing in line with expectations. Support sessions are scheduled either outside lesson time or on a rota so that the disruption to learning is minimised. We work closely with classroom teachers, parents and, of course, the pupils themselves to ensure that provision is tailored to the individual’s needs, including differentiation in lessons, examination access arrangements and ICT support. Pupils can also drop into the department for help at any time.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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