Prep School Life
Life at Ipswich Prep School
Visits out of school are an important part of school life at Ipswich Prep. These are predominantly day visits and pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 will also experience residential outdoor activities, including Bushcraft and outward bound activities. Some examples of trips undertaken by various year groups include: Christchurch Park, Hedingham Castle, Flatford Mill, Minsmere, Layer Marney Towers, Sainsbury Centre, Colchester Castle and many more.
Visitors are regularly invited into school to widen pupils’ horizons and to enrich the curriculum. These might be representatives of the local police or fire brigade, actors and theatrical groups, musicians, dancers and other educators. Florence Nightingale also visits us every year. Parents are encouraged to share their expertise and knowledge with our pupils.
Whether it is meeting big bugs and reptiles in the classroom, or learning to light a fire in the outdoor education programme, there is always a new experience on offer for our pupils.
Activities and Clubs
Pupils in Years 3 - 6 are offered a variety of stimulating activities which are incorporated into a timetabled slot each week. In addition, children from Reception upwards can participate in a wide range of clubs such as construction, gardening, multi-sports, choir and drama clubs, plus different sports clubs are held after school, including ballet, yoga, fencing, skiing and sailing. These clubs generally vary from term to term, although some clubs run throughout the year. Children are also able to receive out of-school tuition in Speech and Drama.
Instrumental Music Tuition
Tuition is offered in a wide variety of instruments, and in singing, at an additional cost. A large number of pupils take advantage of this opportunity. These lessons are taught by visiting staff on a weekly basis in regular lesson time or in breaks, following a rota system. Lessons are available for children from year 2 upwards. Children from Year 3 upwards are expected to catch up on the academic lesson missed.
There is a strong emphasis on pastoral care and frequent communication. All this is underpinned by an on-line portal – myipswichschool – which provides an interactive calendar of all school events and a weekly school magazine.