Ipswich School plays its part in contributing to the local economy

A report by the Independent Schools Council today has revealed that independent schools support a striking £9.5 billion gross value added contribution to Britain’s GDP – larger than the City of Liverpool, or the BBC.

They support 227,000 jobs, one for every two pupils and generate £3.6 billion in tax revenues, according to analysis by Oxford Economics, the global economics consultancy.

Locally Ipswich School plays an important role in the Suffolk economy.  With over 1,000 pupils and around 330 members of staff, the school is both a significant employer and contributor to local educational needs. 

In addition, the school is committed to playing a full part in the economy and cultural life of the area.  We are proud that we use local companies to supply our school kitchen with meat, sausages, pasta, cheese, yoghurts, milk, fruit, vegetables, bread (we use over 1,500 loaves a year) and eggs (we use over 35,000 per year).  The school has just announced the line-up for the fifth annual Festival of Music, which brings national and international musicians to Suffolk, and provides local school children with the opportunity to take part in workshops and masterclasses to improve their musical skills. 

Ipswich School Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said:  “I am delighted to say that Ipswich School continues to do well economically, with pupil numbers in both the Prep and Senior Schools holding steady despite the recent economic climate.  Numbers in the Prep are buoyant and we are planning a five form entry to Year 7 in the Senior School.  We are also delighted to be a major contributor to the local economy by investing in facilities such as the Rushmere Sports Centre.  The Centre has undergone extensive refurbishment, mostly undertaken by local contractors, and with new hockey pitches, netball and tennis courts due by the end of June, this will further enhance the quality of the facilities available to the community.  In addition we will be starting work on a new £2.5million Music School on our Henley Road site this summer, and are pleased that the architects came from the region.” 

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