For parents of pupils at the school.

A School rules

When accepting a place at Ipswich School parents agree that their son or daughter shall be subject at all times to the School Rules, the Regulations and the Clothing Guidelines from time to time in force. Parents are asked to read the current School Rules and any subsequent revisions.

B The school day

Nursery, Reception, Years 1 & 2 The school day starts at 8.40am when registration closes and ends at 3.30pm. Lunchtime is from 12.00noon - 1.15pm. Staff are in their classrooms from 8.30am and duty staff supervise lunchtime and other breaks. Supervision is provided for any children, who travel to school by bus, in the afternoon. A Late Stay facility is available for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils from 3.30pm until 5.30pm at an extra cost. Pupils are not supervised in the School Grounds outside these hours. The School cannot take responsibility if pupils are on the School premises outside these hours.

Years 3 & 6
The School Day starts at 8.40am when registration closes and ends at 3.50pm. Lunchtime is an hour long, from 12.15 - 1.15pm. Staff are on duty from 8.15am, when pupils go onto the deck or hall. From 8.30am onwards pupils go to class and are supervised in their classroom by the Form Teacher. Duty Staff supervise lunchtime, morning and afternoon breaks. Supervision is also provided after school for any children who travel to school by bus. A Late Stay facility is available for pupils in Years 3 - 6 from 3.50pm - 5.30pm at an extra cost. Pupils are not supervised in the School Grounds outside these hours. The School cannot take responsibility if pupils are on the School premises outside these hours.

C The school week

The School week runs from Monday to Friday. Pupils who are selected for school teams that have after school, or weekend training sessions, or fixtures are expected to fulfil these obligations. We feel that an invitation to represent the school is both an honour and an important commitment to other members of the team. Pupils who are members of orchestra and choirs, or taking part in plays are also expected to attend their rehearsals, on a regular basis.

D Absence in term-time

Absence in term time, for other than medical reasons, must be requested in writing in advance. There is no automatic parental entitlement to take pupils on holiday in term-time. The main reason for the School's strong line on this matter is the belief that if school is not given top priority in a pupil's life, the benefit of much that we do is lost. In case of illness, absences should be reported to the Secretary by telephone on the first morning of absence. A letter of confirmation of absence should be given to the pupils Form Teacher on return. The School cannot be held responsible for a child's absence if notification is not received. Pupils are excused Games, PE and swimming lessons for medical reasons only, through written notice from the pupils parents or guardian, or a certificate from the Doctor. Children who are registered after 8.40am, when the registers close, will be marked as Late.

E During term-time and in the interests of pupil welfare

Parents must ensure that if they are away from home during term-time they have informed the Head (in advance) of how they can be contacted in an emergency and who is acting as their child's temporary guardian if contact is likely to be difficult. It is vitally important that the School can contact parents (or their delegated representative) in an emergency at any time in the school day. Contact names, addresses and telephone / mobile numbers must be kept up to date; parents are asked to keep the Secretary informed of any changes. Email addresses are used to notify you of mail sent to your IS-Post account where most school correspondence is sent. Individual letters are sent hard copy direct. Please keep us informed of any change to your designated IS-Post email address.

F Sanctions

Corporal punishment is not used in the School.

  • The School's Behaviour Policy, which incorporates a section on how we deal with bullying, sets out clear procedures for dealing with poor behaviour. 
  • When a pupil persists in misdemeanours after warnings, or in serious cases involving such things as bullying, theft or lying, parents will be asked to come to the School to discuss their child's behaviour with appropriate members of staff. 
  • For pupils in Years 2 - 6, missed play and other minor sanctions are used sparingly. Missed Plays are held at lunchtime and will never involve a whole playtime. 
  • Support Cards are occasionally used to support a child who needs help with organisation, work or behaviour. Parents are requested to sign the Support Card to indicate that they have seen it. 

G Discipline and exclusions

The Schools Policy on Discipline and Exclusions is printed on the last page of this document for your information.

H Notice of withdrawal of pupils

The latest date for giving the Head notice of an intention to remove a pupil at the end of a term is the first day of that term. Failure to give that notice entitles the School to payment of the whole of the next term's fees in lieu of notice. This regulation applies also in cases where a place has been formally accepted but the pupil does not, after all, arrive. The only exceptions to this rule are: • where the parent has already informed the Head more than a term in advance that circumstances may lead to the withdrawal of the pupil • where the pupil leaves at the request of the Head or by mutual agreement between parent and the Head that the pupil should leave, even if inadequate time is available for proper notice.

I Fees

The School operates a system of collecting fees by direct debit and these are due on the first day of term. Interest is added in cases of late payment. If fees have not been paid by the end of half-term the School has the right to require parents to withdraw the pupil.   Parents are advised, in their own interest, to contact the Bursar as soon as possible if they believe that there will be difficulty in paying the fees promptly. Payments can be made in instalments, in which case a surcharge is levied.

J Uniform, money and property

  • Pupils are expected to wear the correct uniform, following the current uniform list. All clothing, shoes and sports equipment must be clearly labelled with the owner's name. 
  • Pupils are not allowed to have money in school except on special occasions such as Charity Days. 
  • Pupils are not permitted to have mobile phones in school unless permission has been sought from the Head. All mobile phones should be left at the School Office at the beginning of each day. 

K Chapel services and special services

Family Chapel Services are held in the School Chapel once or twice a term and everyone is welcome. All pupils in Years 3 - 6 are expected to attend the termly services. In the Spring Term, Year 2 pupils take part in the service. Pupils in Years 3 - 6 also attend the Chapel for one assembly each week in the chapel. The Sunday services, held in the Michaelmas term, offer pupils and families the opportunity of Christian worship on the School context. Although this is predominantly for Upper Prep children, all Prep families are welcome. Children may be excused attending weekly chapel assemblies and termly Chapel Services if they are members of faiths other than Christianity. Parents are asked to contact the Head in writing if they wish their child to be excused.

L Pupils safety

Children in Nursery, Reception, and Years 1 & 2 should be brought into school by a parent or carer. They should not be dropped off outside the School gates. At the end of the school day children must be collected from the classroom, club location or Late Stay. No child will be allowed out of School unless accompanied by an authorised adult. Children in Years 3 - 6 should be collected from the playground at 3.50pm unless they are attending an after school club or going to Late Stay. Parents are asked to inform the school if they are unexpectedly held up. Access to school premises / grounds is not permitted outside School Hours except for approved activities for which permission has been given. These regulations replace previous versions and are valid until superseded.

Policy on discipline and exclusions

All members of the Ipswich School community - pupils, staff, parents and Governors are expected to contribute to the creation of a stimulating and caring environment where boys and girls are encouraged to realise their potential in all areas of school activity. This commitment is exemplified by three important principles:

  • The school seeks to provide a disciplined and ordered community in which education and learning can flourish. When accepting a place at Ipswich School, parents agree that their son or daughter shall be subject at all times to the School Rules and Regulations from time to time in force. A copy of the School Rules is sent to all parents with an offer of a place. 
  • The school will make clear the standards of behaviour and commitment that it expects from pupils. It will encourage pupils to adopt positive attitudes and values such as consideration, honesty and respect for others. It will acknowledge and praise students/pupils when they reach these standards. 
  • When pupils fail to meet these standards they will be told that this is the case and be given clear guidelines and expectations for improvement. 
These principles underlie the Pupils 'Golden Rules' (contained in the School Rules), and any breach of good manners or good sense whether at School, on journeys to and from School, at events organised by the School or when representing the School is a breach of the School Rules. High standards of behaviour are expected (as outlined in the School Rules) and bullying in any form is unacceptable.

Sanctions are used sparingly but are taken seriously by the school.

Corporal punishment is not used.

The School's Articles of Government approved by the Charity Commission confer upon the Head, in consultation with the Headmaster of Ipswich School, the power to impose the sanction of suspension or expulsion on any pupil for any cause which she considers adequate.

Suspension may be ordered, after consultation with parents, if a pupil persists in misdemeanours after warnings or is involved in bullying, theft, lying, bringing proscribed articles or substances to school, truancy or other serious wrong-doing. This gives the pupil a chance to consider, if possible with the help of discussions at home,the possibility that expulsion may subsequently be ordered unless conduct improves.

Expulsion may be ordered (normally following suspension except in cases of serious misconduct). If this sanction is being considered both pupil and parents will normally be invited to a meeting with the Head. Parents may in some cases be offered the opportunity to withdraw the pupil. In other cases the Head may expel the pupil forthwith. The appropriate procedure to be adopted in any case is entirely at the discretion of the Head.
December 2012