These projects are the focus for the School's fundraising over the next few years. With your help we can turn these ambitions into reality, giving both current and future pupils an outstanding foundation from which they can go forth and make their mark on the world:
Our vision is to offer the transformative opportunity of an Ipswich School education to as many bright young minds as possible through the provision of bursary places.
Thanks to generous gifts from a number of donors combined with school support we are currently funding bursaries for 135 talented young people (1 in every 5 Senior School pupils). In the past, the local authority Direct Grant and Assisted Places schemes such as the Nacton and Queen's Scholarships, and East Suffolk Scholars, meant we were able to welcome the most talented children, irrespective of their parents' financial means. However, the demise of these schemes has left the historic ethos of free places under threat and it has fallen to the School and the generosity of our supporters to fill the gap.
The financial support offered is mean-tested, and varies from 10% to 100% of a pupil's fees. That range of support means that we can truly reflect the diversity of our local community. However, we want to do more. Limited only by financial considerations, we have set ourselves the challenge of raising funds to be able to offer five full additional bursary places by 2020, at a cost of £500,000. Alongside the scholarships we offer for academic and sporting excellence, these new bursaries will enable the School to offer places to those who have ability and potential irrespective of means.
| Bursaries at Ipswich School
(from Year 9)
(from Year 7)
Total Cost (fees,uniform and extras at £650)
| Monthly Cost
Every donation towards bursary provision, whatever its size, makes a genuine contribution towards enabling pupils of all backgrounds and means to come to Ipswich School and benefit from the exceptional opportunities on offer. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Phase 2 of the Music School - the Recital Hall
Our new Music School which houses the Britten Faculty of Music is a magnificent addition to the School and we are indebted to all those whose generous contributions turned this ambitious project into a reality. As a direct result of this fantastic new facility we are able to offer our pupils purpose-built rehearsal spaces, well-equipped classrooms where our outstanding vising music teachers can deliver tuition, and a dedicated music technology suite. All of this has sereved to raise the bar of music provision at Ipswich School, and is attracting new puils who want to take advantage of all that we're able to offer.
The Music School was Phase 1 of this two-phased project, and we are now turning our attention to Phase 2 - the creation of the Recital Hall that will not only bring a dedicated performance space seating an audience of 264 to the heart of Ipswich School, but also deliver a state-of-the-art recording studio, more classroom space and much needed storage facilities too. The cost of this project is expected to be in the region of £2.5m, and we are hoping to start making some preliminary approaches to large funding bodies to explore the possibility of securing initial support for this exciting next step.
Alongside these two main areas of focus we have a number of other projects and items where philanthropic support would be welcomed. They include:
- Replacement of the astro surface at Westwood so that in particular the Prep School matches can be played there without the need to travel to our pitches at Rushmere - £50,000
- Prep Playground Development for 2-7 year olds, including new surface, new play equipment and new storage for outdoor equipment. - £30,000
- New lighting for the Chapel - £5,000
- Additional moveable stage lighting for Great School - £5,000
- A state-of-the-art camera to record sports performance for analysis and development - £4,000
- Purchase of the pbone (lightweight plastic trombones ideal for younger children) - £150 each
- Purchase of additional string instruments for the Prep School - from £100 each
To find out more about any of the projects listed above, or indeed if there is a particular area of School not represented here that you would be interested in supporting, please do get in touch - we would be delighted to have a conversation with you.