Community involvement is a central feature of life at Ipswich School and we believe it is really important for pupils to play their part in supporting the community. Pupils are involved in a range of regular activities and termly fundraising campaigns for charities.
"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 is a central feature of life at Ipswich School and one of our core aims. 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.
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, Special Schools, the Primary Schools activity, and the Green Team. See a presentation here.
During the 2014-15 school year, we have raised over £13,851 for charities, including EACH, Cancer Research UK, FIND, and more. This has been raised through a number of form, house and whole school activities. Charitable efforts have also included the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ shoebox appeal, selling cakes, and other activities.
Supporting local schools
Our extensive Community Service programme involves weekly visits to local primary schools. As well as the Drama and Geography departments lending equipment to local schools and companies. We have provided minibuses for local schools, and the use of our swimming pool free of charge to a local primary school. The Prep School also provides work placements for students from local colleges and schools.
Working in the community
Ipswich School sponsors the boys and girls section of the Copdock and Old Ipswichians Cricket Club, enabling young people to access the sport. As well as this, used cricket equipment and clothes have been donated to an orphanage in India, by Ipswich School.
Sharing a passion for performance
The Britten Faculty of Music arranges music education outreach, including lunchtime concerts for local primary schools and workshops for local senior and primary schools. The faculty also arranges summer music courses, and 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. We offer a means-tested bursaries scheme, with over a third of pupils in the Senior School having been awarded scholarships.
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:
| Employment (number of staff)
| Tax and VAT paid to Exchequer
| Exchequer saving from Ipswich School education
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.
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
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