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Pupils are encouraged, even pushed, to work hard. Whilst not an academic forcing house, there is no place for coasting in the senior school. The brightest of the bright will be fast tracked – lessons before school for some. It has a medieval foundation (Cardinal Wolsey is an illustrious old boy) and the school’s history is well-recorded and treasured. In addition to the original, rather gloomy Victorian structure, there are some fine and functional 20th century buildings which adjoin each other by a series of passages, steps and covered ways. Later additions include the sports facilities...

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking English Literature at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Russian at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Russian at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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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.

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Since 2010, Nicholas Weaver BA (30s). 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. Tall, elegant, with an approachable, unruffled manner. He is keen to develop what he calls the ‘growth mind-set’ – a strategy for developing the potential of all pupils, with a particular eye on those identified as academically able. The Academic Excellence Programme is designed for this ‘elite’ group, although open to all comers. Changes to senior management structure have resulted in a more streamlined, collegiate approach; all posts are now advertised externally. He is married and has three children, all at Ipswich Prep.

Prep school head since 2009, Amanda Childs BA MA, Dip...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

We are a selective school academically and one of our key criteria is to judge whether a boy or girl will be happy and successful at the school. We have a number of very able children who thrive here and receive support for special educational needs such as mild dyslexia. We do not offer specialist dyslexia support, though a few pupils receive this outside school. The main areas for support are in English and with general organisation. The usual recipients for help with English as an Additional Language are our overseas boarders (for whom it is included in the fees), though these lessons are also available for day pupils. As far as possible, pupils are not withdrawn from normal lessons for learning support or EAL. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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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