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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 (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. Urbane and apparently unrufflable, married with three children, all 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

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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