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Reflecting on A Level results day 2018


It was a busy day in the Sixth Form Centre yesterday. It was lovely to see so many of our Year 13 pupils come to pick up their A Level grades – the result of many months of hard work for them and their teachers (and their parents – many of whom seemed more nervous than their children).

I was not able to congratulate everyone personally, but I would like to take this opportunity to say well done to everyone. Your tenacity to keep going when things were tough, to engage with your teachers to get their extra help when you needed it, to study and revise when you didn’t want to – your resilience and ambition has borne fruit.

I was particularly struck by several colleagues’ keenness, when I talked to them, to draw my attention to their own personal triumph. Several different students’ hard-won B grades were the cause of their shining eyes. This, and some shared understanding of the significant pastoral battles that some of our students had overcome, made it a day to remember, although it is rightly those with the top grades who make the headlines. Results day is about so much more than the A*, even as we salute those who have a string of these top grades.

Mrs Austin and Mr Calver from the Sixth Form Team have been looking through our destination list and it is pleasing to note that 79% of students will be setting off next month to one of the universities they had chosen on their UCAS form. Others have found new courses, either as a result of a near miss, or through trading up. Our destination list also shows that 10 of our students are headed to universities which are ranked in the top 10 in the world  – Oxford, Cambridge and UCL.

Some of our students are still deciding on a place through clearing, while others are entering the world of work. I am proud that an Ipswich School education – which focuses on academic rigour and co-curricular skills – gives everyone the chance to make the most of their talents in whatever direction this may take them. I wish all our leavers the best for the future and look forward to catching up at our first Old Ipswichians reunion in December.

If you are interested in finding out more about Ipswich School, and how it could benefit you or your child, please visit our Open Morning on Saturday 29 September, 9.30am to 12noon.  You can book a place online here.


Nicholas Weaver - Headmaster, Ipswich School

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Nicholas Weaver – Headmaster, Ipswich School

Nicholas Weaver is the Headmaster at Ipswich School, leading Independent School in Suffolk for Girls and Boys aged 2-18

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