Coronavirus COVID-19

Key Information

Update 04 January 2021 – Prep School remote learning arrangements

We will be moving to online learning for all children from Reception to Year 6 at Ipswich Prep from tomorrow (Tues 5 Jan 2021), having considered the advice and information we have been given from various sources.

The Nursery Class will be open for those parents who wish to send their children in, in addition to our Key Worker provision, but we will also provide an online provision for them should parents decide to keep their children at home.  

Update 02 January 2021 – Lent Term Return to School Arrangements  

Following the Secretary of State’s announcement (30/12/2020) about the phased return to school for senior school pupils and the lateral flow testing programme, we have made adjustments to the start of term plans for Ipswich School.  

Pupils in the Senior School (Years 7 to 13) will receive a full programme of online teaching for the first two weeks of term, from the start of term on Tuesday 5 January. 

Plans for mass testing of pupils and staff using the ‘lateral flow tests’ have been communicated to parents and staff, and will start with pupils in Years 11 and 13, boarders and Senior School support and teaching staff. This will roll out to Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 in the week following. 

Year 11 pupils are due to take their mock GCSE exams on their return to school following the testing process, week beginning 11 Jan, when Year 13 pupils will also return to on-site teaching. It is expected that all pupils in the Senior School will be back to on-site teaching from 18 Jan.

The Lodge Day Nursery will return as planned on Mon 4 Jan, following government guidelines.

At present, we will not be welcoming visitors to our school sites, but will continue to carry out virtual tours for prospective parents and pupils. Please contact our admissions team for more details:

Update 03 September 2020

Ipswich School term starts on Thursday 3 September 2020, when all pupils will be back in school, following Government guidance and with appropriate social distancing measures in place, including pupil bubbles and zoned school areas, extra sanitisation and cleaning procedures in place, and face coverings to be worn in communal areas.

Visitors to the school are asked to take note of the following:

  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19
  • Please sanitise your hands on arrival at the sanitisation stations provided
  • Please wear a face covering in our communal areas
  • Please sign in and out as usual
  • Please be aware that we have limits on the number of people allowed in our reception areas for social distancing purposes

Update 23 April 2020

As previously notified, as the school is now closed to visitors in line with Government guidance, today’s planned Spring Open Day will NOT be taking place. Please email if you have any enquiries about school places for your children

Update 24 March 2020

School Reception is not open in line with Government guidance. Please direct any enquiries to and your message will be dealt with. Thank you for your support.

Update 19 March 2020

Following the Government’s decision to close all schools from 4.15pm Friday 20 March until further notice, we will be closing Ipswich School, Ipswich Prep School and The Lodge Day Nursery to pupils and children from this point in time. 

Pupils in the Prep School and Senior School  will move to a remote learning model, from Monday 23 March and parents and pupils have been briefed on the form that this will take for the relevant age group. We will remain in contact with parents through our email system to update them on any changes. This learning model will take effect until 4.15pm on Friday 27 March 2020, when the school will start its planned Easter holidays. 

Decisions on what will happen from Monday 20 April, when the summer term is due to start, will be communicated to parents closer to the time, depending on the current national advice.

We will also play our part in supporting the key services and are working to ascertain how we will be able to support our parents who work in the ‘key roles’.

These are challenging times and I am proud of how well our pupils and staff have adapted; they have responded to the situation with kindness, resilience, flexibility and, above all, a community spirit.

Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster, Ipswich School

Please note that as a result of the Covid-19 situation, and the closure of the school, the planned Easter Revision Courses, will not take place in 2020.

Update 13 March 2020

In line with official advice, we have been doing our best to maintain “business as usual” within Ipswich School with the addition of some sensible and proportionate adjustments. These are being reviewed regularly to take account of changing national advice, with the main aim of safeguarding the school community and minimising any future risk as best we can.

Health advice to families

We remind everyone to follow the latest information available on the NHS website with regards to self-isolation and we have stepped up our vigilance for any child who appears ill at school. Information is available here:

The best advice for personal action remains good handwashing with soap and water.

The following website has helpful information if you need to isolate anyone in your household:

Continuity of education

Ipswich School has contingency plans in place for managing continuity of education, particularly if the school has to close. Parents will be informed directly if any of these plans need to be put into action, and have been informed of the different ways in which work may be set for pupils in the Senior School and the Prep School.

School Trips

All overseas trips for Easter have been cancelled following yesterday’s Government advice. Other trips in the UK are being looked at carefully on an individual risk assessment basis.

Other School Activities

Other school activities such as sports fixtures and events will be considered on an individual basis. Please note the following cancellations or postponements as at 13 March 2020. Other cancellations will be notified to parents through IS Post and Prep News Weekly.


  • Senior School sports fixtures v Whitgift (14 March) and Woodbridge (week beginning 16 March)
  • Commemoration of Benefactors Service on 24 March


  • Year 6 Play is postponed until after the Easter holidays, and Prep School parents have been informed of the rescheduled dates

Information on 10 03 2020

Ipswich School is monitoring advice from Government agencies regarding the situation on Coronavirus COVID-19. We continue to plan accordingly to keep our pupils, staff and families safe and ask all visitors to the school to follow good practice to help to protect us all from infection.

We request that anyone with a temperature above 38°C remain at home. This applies to current pupils, parents and staff as well as other visitors. Please do expect any pupil to be sent home if their temperature is measured above this level.

Meanwhile, we are encouraging all families and staff to change their habits to promote better infection control. We have instituted a ‘no-handshake’ protocol within School. We also encourage good hygiene, particularly in handwashing – and ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ for coughs and sneezes – into the sleeve or a tissue.

In line with advice from the Government and Public Health England, there are restrictions for people who have visited any of the following areas, (or have been in contact with people returning from these areas) in the past 14 days:

  • Iran
  • Italy (Since 09 03 2020)
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • China
  • Hong Kong. 

If you have been to these areas, (or have been in contact with people returning from these areas) in the past 14 days please do not visit the School.

If you have recently returned from any of the further areas designated by the Government advice, please do contact Ipswich School on 01473 408300 to speak to a member of our Senior Management Team about your visit. 

These areas are: 

  • South Korea outside of the special care zones
  • Cambodia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

If you develop the symptoms of COVID-19 (that is a fever, cough or shortness of breath) within 14 days of visiting the School, please inform the Headmaster as soon as possible, by calling the school on 01473 408300. 

We are also looking ahead to our Spring Open Day on Thursday 23 April, which will go ahead as planned. We are able to make alternative arrangements for families intending to visit the School or attend the Open Day who have recently travelled from the restricted regions.