A campaign to improve educational opportunities in Ipswich was launched on Friday 10 May by Ipswich School.
The school, which has been part of the town since before 1399, is aiming to raise extra money to fund more bursaries, designed to help children attend the school whose family circumstances normally wouldn’t allow it. The new Founding Futures campaign aims to see money raised so that an extra 25 places are available with a 100% bursary by 2025.
Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “In nine years at Ipswich School, I have seen the transformational effect that our bursaries have had on young people’s lives. They have made a huge difference to their chances in university and life beyond school. An Ipswich School education is something that we want to be available to anyone who would benefit, regardless of their financial means and background. We hope this campaign will also help to address social mobility and raise aspirations for everyone in the local area.”
The campaign has already been boosted by a donation of £50,000 from the Old Ipswichian Club. Sally Webber, Chairman of the Club, which is for former pupils, said: “Our members are proud to have benefitted from an Ipswich School education, and we are delighted to be able to ‘pay it forwards’ and support the new Founding Futures campaign.”
Founding Futures is the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever launched by Ipswich School. It recognises that Ipswich, whilst being a wonderful place to live and work, has several neighbourhoods that are within the top 10% of most deprived in all England (Suffolk Community Foundation, Hidden Needs 2016). Founding Futures will open up access to Ipswich School to any worthy pupil, regardless of their ability to pay, making a major contribution to education in Suffolk and helping to build a better future for our students and our region.
IPSWICH SCHOOL BURSARIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
View photos from the launch here