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First businesses sign up to help fund future education in Ipswich

We are excited to announce that Suffolk and Norfolk based accountancy firm MHA Larking Gowen is one of the first local businesses to sign up to Ipswich School’s Wolsey Business Club as part of the school’s Founding Futures campaign.

The campaign, which was officially launched in May this year, aims to provide more funds to enable pupils to attend the school, regardless of their financial circumstances. Ipswich School believes that the right education can transform lives and communities and are delighted to have MHA Larking Gowen helping us in this campaign.

MHA Larking Gowen, along with JLS Catering, Ryans Insurance, Christchurch Vets and Whybrow, have each committed to make annual donations over a period of seven years as members of the Wolsey Business Club. Each of these donations will go towards providing places for pupils who will receive transformational 100% bursary assistance for school fees.

Nicholas Weaver, Ipswich School Headmaster, said: “We are very grateful to these businesses for their support of our Founding Futures campaign. It is their generosity that will enable us to extend the benefits of an Ipswich School education to more young people in our local community.”

Becky Ames, a partner at MHA Larking Gowen, added: “Founding Futures provides additional support to potential high-achievers in Ipswich and the surrounding area. A great education helps students reach their potential, and Founding Futures opens up new opportunities for bright young people in our area. We are delighted to be a part of that.”

Members of the Wolsey Business Club receive regular updates on the progress of the Founding Futures campaign as well as a bespoke designed benefits package which includes, among other things, the use of Ipswich School venues and an invitation to the annual Wolsey Club dinner.

If you would like your business to be involved with the campaign and Founding Futures can contact the Ipswich School Development Office on 01473 298964 or email: development@ipswichschool


·         There are almost 800 pupils in the Senior School (Years 7-13) at Ipswich School. The average day fees per year are £15,389. Over 95% of Ipswich school pupils are day pupils (the school operates a small boarding house, too), and around 130 pupils receive some kind of assistance with fees through the school bursaries.  

·         For the 2017-18 academic year, 12.6% of Senior School pupils received means-tested bursaries. Eleven of these pupils received 100% bursaries and a further seven received bursaries worth over 90% of fees paid. Around £1 million is spent on bursaries.

·         Ipswich School also offers scholarships to pupils joining the school in Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12.  These recognise academic achievement or the ability to excel in co-curricular activities such as music and sport and offer support to help with school fees.

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