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 Visitors are defied to supress a sharp intake of breath as an idyllic Suffolk leafy lane gives way to impressive wrought iron gates and a sweeping drive heralding a handsome Georgian mansion with late-Victorian additions. A combination of effortless elegance (chandeliers and oak panelling in the dining room, ornate tiles and floor-to-ceiling windows in the orangery assembly hall) and down-to-earth, workaday practicality (music practice rooms in the basement). A performance culture – you name it, there’s a competition for it (verse, singing, public speaking)...

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In a magical setting, boys and girls, day pupils and boarders, experience a unique childhood at Orwell Park as well as a first class education. Pupils benefit from small classes, excellent teaching, and pastoral care. Wonderful facilities include 110 acres of grounds, specialist teaching rooms, a full range of sporting activities and an excellent tradition is maintained in both music and drama. ...Read more

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Since 2011, Mr Adrian Brown. Arrived at Orwell Park from Ipswich School, a former professional Essex cricketer and Cambridge Blue. Affable and down-to-earth, much like the pupils in his charge, he lives in the headmaster’s house at Orwell Park with his wife Nicole; three children at university.


Entry points at 2+ and 4+ (by taster morning in class and a home visit), 7+ and 11+ (tests in maths, English and reasoning, plus a report from the previous school and interview).

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support department at Orwell Park runs throughout the school, supporting children across all ages and abilities. We carry out an 'In-House' assessment prior to recommending individual programmes for each child on the Learning Support Register and work closely with children, staff and parents. Children may need to be withdrawn from lessons with one of our team (including a Maths Specialist) or may find that in-class support offers enough help for their specific learning difficulties. We run study skills groups and revision sessions prior to exams for years 7 and 8. We also have early morning spelling groups, paired reading groups and children may follow a typing course, if it is considered beneficial. We work closely with all outside agencies such as SALTs, Physios, Ed. Psychs etc. Gifted and talented children are recognised as having specific needs, and pupils who are identified are well served. Orwell Park offers the following areas of support: scholarship sets in Years 7 and 8; differentiated programmes of work within the classroom throughout the whole school; a Thinking Skills club; opportunities to take part in academic challenges with other schools; and opportunities to study a second foreign language or Greek. The Headmaster has recently introduced a Young Einstein’s Club. Speakers will be invited on a weekly basis to talk on thought provoking subjects, such as: philosophy, logic, history of art, how medicine has affected the course of history, to name but a few.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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