Ipswich School 伊普斯威奇中学, 伊普斯威奇学校
Henley Road, Ipswich,
Suffolk IP1 3SG
Tel: 01473 408300 Fax: 01473 400058
• CO-ED, 11–18, Day & Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 703, Upper sixth 95
• Termly fees £2588–£2878 (Day), £4304–£5007 (Boarding), £4092–£4699 (Weekly)
• Enquiries/applications to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded around 1390 by the Ipswich Merchant Guild of Corpus Christi, it was
endowed by Henry VIII and granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I. In 1852
the school moved into handsome new buildings in the Victorian collegiate style.
It stands on high ground overlooking Christchurch Park, with a cricket field and
sports hall on site and another 30 acres of playing fields 10 minutes’ walk
away. Many improvements and additions have been made over the years, including
the fine library and performing arts complex, and it has excellent all-round
facilities. The prep school is on the same site, with its own buildings but with
the use of the senior school amenities; a nursery and pre-prep department is
adjacent. Religious education is provided at all levels. Every pupil has one
chapel service a week, and one Sunday service each term. All denominations are
welcome. Originally a boys’ school, it first admitted girls to the sixth form
some 30 years ago and at 11 in 1997, so it is now co-educational throughout. A
broad general education is provided and examination results are very good. Drama
and music are well supported; there are dramatic productions for all age groups
and plentiful opportunities for music-making. High standards are achieved in
sports and games, with regional representation in a large number of sports.
Pupils are encouraged to join the thriving CCF contingent or to undertake some
community service. The many clubs and societies cater for a range of interests
and the school has a successful record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 703 pupils, 660 day (465 boys, 195
girls), 43 board (29 boys, 14 girls). 3% are from overseas.
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Own exam or Common Entrance used
at 13; for sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form
subjects). State school entry 50% of senior intake; large number from own junior
school (enquiries to the Registrar, Ipswich Preparatory School; same address,
tel 01473 408301).
Scholarships & bursaries Some scholarships, maximum value 50% of
fees, at 11 and 13 (academic, art, music); a few at entry at 16 (academic,
music, all-rounder). Also school’s own means tested assisted places and
bursaries at 11, 13 and 16.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Ian Galbraith, in post from 1992. Educated at Dulwich College
and Cambridge University (geography). Previously Head of Upper School at Dulwich
College. British Schools Exploring Society leader to Iceland and Greenland.
Publications: Understanding Physical Geography; Ecosystems; Land Forms; Map
Reading and Analysis.
Teaching staff: 59 full time, 10 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 92 pupils in Year 11: 95% gained at least grade C in 9+
subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (65 over 3 years).
A-levels: 94 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 369.
University & college entrance 99% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (10% after a gap year), 5% to Oxbridge. 1% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 35% in science & engineering, 62% in
humanities & social sciences. Others typically go on to art or drama college.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20–21 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level; in
addition, all take AS-level general studies (A-level not taken). On average, 21%
take science A-levels; 25% arts/humanities; 54% both. Key skills: ICT taught as
Vocational: Work experience offered to Year 11.
Languages: French, German and Russian offered at GCSE and A-level; also
Italian and Spanish GCSE in sixth form. Regular exchanges (France and Germany);
biennial trip to Russia.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons/week in Years 7–8 and
10–11) and across the curriculum. 200+ computers for pupil use (8 hours a day),
all networked and with e-mail and filtered internet access. Most pupils take OCR
Clait Plus in Years 12–13 (some take Advanced).
Music: About 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 10 musical groups including orchestras, chamber group, chapel
choir, wind band, big band, several jazz and pop groups.
Drama: Drama offered as part of English, dance as part of PE; speech and
drama lessons in small groups. 7–8 productions annually involving all age
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 12 A-level. Design, pottery,
photography, print-making, sculpture, textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, rugby, hockey, cricket, rounders, soccer, squash,
badminton, table tennis, athletics, cross-country, fives, shooting, tennis,
polygym and sailing. RLSS, fencing, ASA exams may be taken. Regional and county
representatives at rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, cross-country, tennis,
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF or community service in Years 10 and 11, optional in sixth form. Up
to 20 clubs, eg Athenaeum, ornithology, badminton, chemistry, chess, creative
Uniform: School uniform worn, dress code in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive and pastoral houses. Head of school and
two deputies, prefects, and heads of houses appointed by the Headmaster in
consultation with Housemasters/mistresses.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship (C of E) compulsory weekly.
Social: Many trips abroad eg to St Petersburg; classical trips to
Mediterranean; ski trips; exchanges to France and Germany; birdwatching to North
Africa. Pupils allowed to bring own car, bike or motorbike to school with
parents’ permission. Meals self-service.
School tuck shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
reprimand (parents contacted if other reasons for concern). Those caught smoking
cannabis on the premises should expect immediate suspension and contact with
parents; probably leading to expulsion.
Former pupils Mark Bailey (England rugby player); Nils Blythe
(broadcaster); David Sawer (composer).