Ipswich High School GDST,伊普斯威奇中学, Woolverstone, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9
Tel: 01473 780201 Fax: 01473 780985
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 700, Upper sixth 56
• Termly fees £1383–£2310
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
The school was founded in 1878. It moved in 1992 from north Ipswich to
Woolverstone Hall, a former boarding school, some four miles south east of the
town. There are wide views over the Orwell estuary and the surrounding parkland,
covering more than 80 acres. The 18th-century Hall, a Grade I listed mansion,
houses the sixth-form centre, libraries and some teaching rooms. Modern
buildings accommodate the senior school, DT block, theatre, sports hall and a
swimming pool. The junior department occupies a separate block. The school’s
social spread is wide and it provides a good all-round education with the
emphasis on development of individual talents; examination results are
excellent. There is a big commitment to music and intensive dramatic activities.
A good range of sports and games is provided; there are a number of county
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 700 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 490 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, good school report and 6 GCSEs (grade B in sixth-form
subjects). No special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 25%
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 6–8 pa academic and music
scholarships, value 10%–25% fees. 10 means tested bursaries in senior school.
Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Valerie MacCuish, in post from 1993. Educated at Lady
Edridge Grammar School and Westfield College, London University (modern
languages). Previously Headmistress of Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School and
Deputy Head of both Surbiton High School and Aylesbury High School.
Teaching staff: 41 full time, 16 part time (plus 14 for extras). Annual
turnover very small.
GCSE: In 2003, 75 pupils in Year 11: 90% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects; 5% in 7 subjects. GCSE score 59 (61 over 5 years).
A-levels: 56 in upper sixth: 96% passed in 3 + subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 405.
University & college entrance 96% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (13% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 14% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 20% in science & engineering, 50% in
humanities & social sciences, 15% in vocational subjects eg speech therapy,
nursing, psychology. Others typically go on to art foundation courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-level. 20 GCSE subjects, 20 AS-level, 18
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS-level general studies (A-level not taken). 23% took
science A-levels; 23% art/humanities; 54% both. Key skills incorporated in
activities plus compulsory IT courses.
Vocational: Work experience compulsory.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered at GCSE, AS and A-level;
also Italian and GCSE. Regular exchanges (France and Germany).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons/week in Years 7–10)
and across the curriculum. 100+ networked computers for pupil use (7 hours a
day), all with e-mail and internet access. Most pupils take IBT II and ICT III
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 10 musical groups including 2 orchestras, 3 choirs, wind
band, chamber groups. Choir and orchestra successful at Suffolk Music Festival;
annual concert at Snape Maltings.
Drama: Drama offered. ESB exams may be taken. Majority of pupils are
involved in school productions and other productions. Recent major production of
The Canterbury Tales.
Art & design: On average, 40 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, history of art also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Athletics, swimming, tennis, rounders, netball, hockey, football,
gym, trampoline, cross country compulsory. Optional: volleyball, badminton,
squash, sailing, fencing. BAGA exams may be taken. 2 members England fencing U18
team (school regular winner of Public Schools Championship); 10 girls represent
county in hockey, tennis, netball.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional; voluntary work in local hospital. Up to 20
clubs, eg art, chess, Christian Union, computing, craft, creative writing, film,
French, forensic, debating, engineering, philosophy, technotronics, Young
Enterprise, Young Investigators.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. 2 head girls and 8 senior
prefects elected by sixth form. School Council.
Religion: Daily assembly involves non-denominational worship.
Social: Occasional debates and shared lectures or musical performances
with local schools. Annual exchange with schools in Chevreuse and Hamburg;
visits to eg South Africa, China, First World War battlefields, history of art
visits to USA or Italy, ski trips to Europe and Canada. Pupils allowed to bring
own car to school. Meals self-service. Tuck shop at break. Second-hand uniform
sales organised by parents. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Based on self-discipline and respect for others. Cases of
pupils failing to produce homework once would be judged on their merits; those
caught smoking cannabis on the premises could expect expulsion.