ISI Inspection report

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Secretary of State for Education to inspect independent schools such as Ipswich School.  This page provides details about their reports on Ipswich School and Ipswich Prep School.

The nature of ISI reports has changed recently.  There are two types of reports – those concerned with educational quality and those concerned with compliance. Both Ipswich School and Ipswich Prep School had a compliance-only inspection in April 2018.  Details of both these compliance reports are provided below.  The other reports shown on this webpage are old-style ISI reports of the most recent educational quality inspections.

Senior School 

Ipswich School was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in April 2018.  A team of inspectors visited over three days to determine whether the school, with its boarding house, met all standards which are applicable to it.  All these standards were met and the full report is available here.

Ipswich School was also inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in November 2014. A team of nine inspectors visited over four days; they observed lessons, conducted interviews with pupils, senior staff and governors, saw co-curricular activities and visited the boarding house.  Read our summary leaflet or the full report is available here. More information about this report can be found here.

Preparatory School 

Ipswich Prep School was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in April 2018.  A team of inspectors visited over three days to determine whether the school met all standards which are applicable to it.  All these standards were met and the full report is available here.

Inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) also visited Ipswich Prep during 2013, and found that the school meets its aim of providing “…a secure and caring environment where each pupil is valued and nurtured to become balanced, confident, considerate and fulfilled people.”  

The inspectors judged the school to have a “well thought out, flexible approach to pastoral care” and that it had a “relaxed atmosphere” and that the “extremely good relationships pupils enjoy amongst themselves and staff enhance the community spirit which is notable throughout the school”.  The pupils’ social awareness is “outstanding”, as is their behaviour where they are “at all times… courteous and polite”.  

We were delighted that the hard work of pupils, parents, teachers, governors and indeed the wider school community of Ipswich Prep School was acknowledged in the Inspection Report.  Read our summary leaflet or the full report.