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 ‘No one coasts here,’ says the headmaster, ‘we are looking to raise expectations for all our pupils and widen their horizons beyond the expected goal of exam success.’ ‘They really do encourage a positive mind set, always looking for improvement rather than simply results.’ The relatively ‘mature’ classrooms and laboratories do give the school a character which pupils respond to, ‘We like the wood and dark corridors, the solidness of it – people have been here before us!’ Indeed, and the atmosphere of learning, ‘something in the water’ as a parent phrased it, is...

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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.
Lodge Day Nursery: 3 months to 4 years
Prep School: 5 to 11 years
Senior School 11 to 18 years
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Since 2010, Nicholas Weaver MA (Cantab) engineering, previously deputy head of Portsmouth Grammar School. After his degree and ICI-funded placements on Teesside decided engineering was not for him, thought about the law before settling on teaching. This led to a first post at the Leys, Cambridge, which confirmed his decision. ‘My subject and career advice to pupils is always one hundred per cent to follow your heart. Our job is to offer the widest possible breadth of opportunity for pupils to take their potential wherever it leads.’ Became deputy head (academic) at Portsmouth Grammar School in 2007 following seven years as head of physics at Radley College.

Elegant, pin-striped appearance but pupils also tell us he is ‘famous for his purple suit’, so traditional with ‘an edge’? His large, book-lined study...

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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
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 Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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