Ipswich School refugee appeal

Photo: James Fletcher


Ipswich School refugee concert

Photo: James Fletcher

"Pupils show a generosity of spirit and appreciate the circumstances of those less fortunate than themselves.  Their strong commitment to community service is evident with high levels of participation in volunteering and charitable fundraising." Ipswich School ISI Inspection Report, November 2014

Community Involvement

Community involvement is a central feature of life at Ipswich School and one of our core aims.  We want to encourage our pupils to consider moral and spiritual values, to understand their place in the world and to develop a spirit of service within the community.  Pupils from the Prep School to the Senior School have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities and charity fundraising, and the school is proud of the contribution it makes to the local community.  Our new community booklet, available here, will outline some of the activities our students carry out in the community each year.

Community Work

Every week groups of pupils from Ipswich School take part in community work as part of the Thursday afternoon activities programme. This programme includes a wide range of activities.  Among them is Community Service Music where pupils take their instruments into local hospitals and care homes and put on informal concerts to entertain residents.  Around ten pupils go to Special Schools - the Bridge School (where pupils visit both the primary and secondary schools) and the Thomas Wolsey School - each week to help out. Some sixth form students are also helping out at Rushmere Community hub where they run a weekly music afternoon. A further 66 pupils go to 15 local primary schools to provide support as part of the Primary Schools activity.  And the Green Team does conservation work in Christchurch Park where pupils helped design and build a butterfly garden.  Also there is an educational programme at the annual Ipswich School Music Festival each autumn which includes hands-on musical activities for local primary school children.


During the 2014-15 school year, we have raised over £13,851 for charities.

These charities have included EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), Cancer Research UK, Anthony Nolan, FIND (Families in Need), Jeans for Genes, Mercury Phoenix Trust and Thomas Wolsey School.

Money is raised through a number of form, house and whole school activities, for example a non-uniform day in aid of Comic Relief raised £1,540 and a Christmas hamper raffle organised by one form raised £667 for EACH.

Charitable efforts have also included Prep and Senior School pupils filling over 100 shoeboxes each year with gifts for ‘Operation Christmas Child’, organised by the charity Samaritan’s Purse.

All the houses in the Prep School have a nominated charity and raise funds for their charity throughout the year, for example by selling cakes and participating in other activities. Each house also sponsors a bird at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.

Community Benefit

Supporting local schools

Our extensive Community Service programme involves weekly visits by over 80 pupils to local primary schools and special schools.

The Drama Department has loaned costumes and props to seven local schools, four local drama companies and two schools and one drama company further afield. In addition, our Geography Department has loaned fieldwork equipment to a local high school. 

The Art Network Group has been run from the Prep School for over 10 years. It is open to teachers from all local schools, and a local special needs teacher is using our dyslexia-friendly resources for children in state schools, where the provision is not always as good as ours.

We have helped Sidegate Primary School with seven local trips for its pupils by providing minibuses and drivers. We have also helped Henley Primary School fulfil commitments for four sports fixtures in the same way.

We continue to support Halifax Primary School by arranging for its pupils to use our swimming pool free of charge on one afternoon per week for two terms each year.

The Careers Department runs a medics conference each year for pupils interested in a career in medicine and students from local Sixth Forms are invited to take part.

The Physics Department has hosted the Association for the Advancement of Science conference, the Institute of Physics PhysicsFest Open Day and runs an activity day for pupils at a local primary school.

The Prep School provides work placements for students from University College Suffolk, Suffolk New College and a local high school. 
A number of members of staff are governors at local schools or work with charities, with Ipswich School enabling them to have time off to fulfill their duties or to share their expertise.

Working in the community

A large amount of catering equipment is loaned to Bramford Scouts for their annual dinner.

Used cricket equipment from the Sports Departments of the Senior and Prep School was donated to an orphanage in India, along with clothes donated by pupils at the Prep School.

An entire set of Encyclopaedia Britannica from the Ipswich School library was shipped to a secondary school in Zambia, paid for by funds from a book sale.

In 2014 we donated 15 laptops to Tools with a Mission. This is a regular programme of donations of old ICT equipment which the school no longer requires.

Ipswich School sponsors the boys and girls section of the Copdock and Old Ipswichians Cricket Club, enabling young people to access the sport.

Teaching staff can apply for sabbaticals during each summer term. One sabbatical saw a book on Zambian history being written for a school there by a member of the History department and Ipswich School students.

The Headmaster is the custodian of the Town Library of Ipswich, containing about 1,000 books published between 1474 and 1760. The Library is in the Headmaster’s Study and is open for public use by request. The contents are registered with the British Library. The school undertakes the security and insurance of this valuable resource.

Sharing a passion for performance 

The Britten Faculty of Music arranges music education outreach, much of it taking place during the annual Festival of Music. This includes lunchtime concerts for local primary schools and workshops for local senior and primary schools.

In addition, education events have been held at the Corn Exchange, involving hundreds of school children from the local area. The Prep is now working with a local primary school to arrange specialist music teaching and workshops.

The faculty also arranges summer music courses - a general course, open to all musicians of a certain age and standard and a strings course for younger players. All music and performing areas are made available, as well as the Boarding House for those who do not wish to travel each day.

Our Music in the Community group from the Senior School has performed at residential care homes this year, whilst pupils from the Prep also perform musical concerts at Anglesea Heights nursing home.

Supporting young peoples’ learning

Ipswich School welcomes applications from potential pupils from all backgrounds, and offers financial assistance where applicable.

To enable young people to reach their full potential, we offer fee remission of 75% and above to those pupils who have the appropriate skills and aptitude for learning, as part of a means-tested bursaries scheme. We also provide additional support for travel, lunches and examination costs as appropriate.

For the 2014-15 academic year:

- A total of 91 pupils are in receipt of financial assistance with school fees which equates to 12.18% of Senior School pupils. 
- A total of 264 pupils in the Senior School have been awarded scholarships, ranging from 5% to 50% of fees. This is 35.34% of Senior School pupils. 

Supporting the local economy

The Independent Schools’ Council (ISC) has produced statistics on the economic impact of independent schools, from data collected in a survey of financial information from schools.

Ipswich School took part in this, and the headline figures below show just how the school contributes to the success of the local economy. 

Economic Impact of Ipswich School 2014:

Gross revenues   £11.6m
 Employment (number of staff)   346
 Tax and VAT paid to Exchequer  £2.55m
 Exchequer saving from Ipswich School education   £7.8m

Community use of our facilities

A very wide range of organisations and groups hire our facilities via our trading company, Ipswich School Enterprises Ltd, Some of these facilities are hired at concessionary rates, considerably below the commercial rates, providing excellent value for money for community groups.

Sports facilities 

We have agreed long term and regular use of our sports facilities by a local hockey club and netball club. Tennis courts are used by a tennis academy, which also uses the indoor sports hall for its younger players, and our football pitches are used by local clubs for adult and junior football.

Badminton Clubs: Adastral, Corinthians, Drakes, Suffolk Juniors 
Cricket Clubs: Achilles, Brantham, BT, Capel, Castle, Copdock and OIs, Clacton, Dedham, East Bergholt, Felixstowe, Hadleigh, Mellis, Mistley, St Margarets, Stowmarket, Suffolk Seniors, Wivenhoe 
Football Clubs: BT Bibway, Burhill Logistics, Chantry Grasshoppers, Ensors, Ipswich Exiles, Ipswich Wanderers (U13), Little Kickers, Kesgrave Kestrels, Marriot, Westerfield United, Witnesham Wasps 
Hockey Clubs: Ipswich and East Suffolk, Ipswich, Suffolk Junior Hockey Academy, Suffolk Hockey Association 
Netball Clubs: Birketts, Ipswich, Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich Ladies, Prettys, Suffolk 
Tennis Clubs: Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis 
Other groups 
Belstead Singers 
CRUSE Heartbeat (Art Class) 
Ipswich Bach Choir 
Ipswich Chamber Music Society 
Ipswich Maritime Society 
Ipswich Orchestral Society 
Ipswich Scout Group – Gang Show 
Ipswich Sequence Dance Club 
Ipswich Vintage Motorcycle Club 
Meadows Montessori School 
Pat Lait Dance Group 
Quilling Club [card craft] 
Rushmere Dance Club 
Rushmere YM Tennis Club 
Small World Kindergarten 
Suffolk Wildlife Trust 
Triangle Motorcycle Club 
University College Suffolk 
YMCA Junior Rugby