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Podcasts – Conversations with Ipswich School

This new podcast series brings together a current student and an Old Ipswichian and quizzes them about school life. It’s a lighthearted look at the many different opportunities here, our quirky traditions and what it means to be an Ipswichian.


In this week’s Conversations with Ipswich School podcast – the last in the current series – we discuss how careers involve the downs as well as the ups, being brave and seeing the bigger picture. But we also talk about the moments of joy – the people we meet, the places we visit and how different experiences make work fulfilling.

Ling Stephens (OI) and Angie talk about changing the workplace, women in leadership and what the younger generation will bring. 

It’s been  wonderful hearing our Old Ipswichians and Sixth Formers reflect upon their experiences – we’ll be back next term with more podcasts.


CCF is one of our most popular activities – in this week’s Conversations with Ipswich School podcast we unpick what it means to our students. Luke and Charles discuss the life skills it develops – resourcefulness, leadership, public service – and chat about how it brings breadth to academic studies.  

We also learn about regimental life and get a  fascinating insight into Operation Rescript and the construction of NHS Nightingale.


The power of kindness. Our Head Girls, past and present, resolve to ban perfectionism and promote an inclusive culture for all.

You can listen to the sixth episode of our podcast series in full via the links below.


Is it possible to combine your interests and passions with your career? In the fifth episode of our podcast series Conversations with Ipswich School, we talk to Old Ipswichian Paul and Sixth Former Felix about understanding people, making the most of opportunities and how careers evolve. We hear about all the activities in boarding and how living with one another helps develop people skills.


Head Boy, Charlie, and OI Simon Uzokwe discuss balancing a love of rugby with academic goals.

It’s well worth a listen as we find out about coping with setbacks and how to think and plan for the long term. It’s about rugby, studying and being yourself.



Putting the world to rights… Up next in our podcast series, Alex and Flora discuss how to make your voice heard and why it matters. 

Listen in as we debate civic participation from mobile phones in Sub-Saharan Africa to what Ipswich School’s Sixth Form Committee have achieved this year (a lot as it turns out).

And in the midst of this we discover that, just as with our previous guests, we are talking to hockey goalkeepers with a passion for music. Did we mention how well-rounded Ipswichians are?


The Show Choir must go on! Welcome to the next episode of our Conversations with Ipswich School podcast which is all about music, friendships and the wonderful legacies our students leave behind. We hear from Imogen Parry who launched our much loved, student-led Show Choir and from Rosie who runs it today.


George Pinner, Team GB hockey, talks to Sixth Former Wilf about life at Ipswich School – the value of education, the support to be your best, and of course being fellow Sherringtonians. 
It all begins in Year 5, Ipswich Prep, and the start of George Pinner’s hockey career. George, now a Team GB Olympian, made his goalkeeping debut as a stand-in for the Prep B team and has never looked back.
Sharing pride of place with his numerous medals and achievements is our Victor Ludorum award which his family (and teammate Harry Martin) still talk about… .and if you’re listening Ipswich Town, then George is still available for selection.


‘A Clockwork Orange’: a social prophecy fulfilled?
22 September: Thomas and Will

In this lecture, Thomas and Will will explore how Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, written in 1961, is still relevant today. They will discuss Burgess’ study of ‘free will’, ‘paternalism’ and human capacity for change; in a dystopian novel whose protagonist partakes in graphic ‘ultra violence’ and is consequently forced into state re-education, we are encouraged to question where our sympathies lie. Ultimately, the two Year 13 students aim to give our their conclusion to the question: Has Anthony Burgess’ social prophecy, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, been fulfilled in the 21st century?’

Beauty and Morality
13 October: Eva and Charlotte

Charlotte and Eva will explore the connections between beauty and morality, from both a psychological perspective and in the way that these tropes have been displayed in various forms of media. They will focus on particular theories, such as those of Locke and Lombroso, as well as works of literature and the arts that draw connections between the morally good and the conventionally beautiful.

Do we live in a multiverse?
24 November: Matthew and Soba

In their lecture Matthew and Soba will explore different interpretations of quantum theory, focusing on the “many worlds” interpretation which postulates that multiple universes exist. They will also consider different interpretations of the theory, and finish with a section addressing whether it is worth investing into this area of science as opposed to areas like renewable energy and sustainability.

Women as weapons in war
15 December: Flora

Women are a target of victimisation within warfare, and throughout the entirety of history violence against women has been used as a tactic in war and as a tactic of revenge. Flora intends to delve into examples of modern and ancient methods used by armies against women, exploring their effects. She will focus on the portrayal of women in propaganda. The basis for this idea has been the book written by award-winning journalist Christina Lamb: ‘Our Bodies, Their Battlefield’ which inspired Flora’s interest in the topic.

EPQ Exhibition
19 January

This exhibition will showcase the Extended Project Qualification research undertaken by this year’s students.

How game theory controls your life
16 February: Jy

Game theory is the study of strategic interactions where individuals aim to maximise their benefit (or as game theorists say, payoff). Game theory has universal relevance, ranging from the safety that lies in the lethal stocks of nuclear weapons held by countries across the globe all the way to evolution, and how dominant strategies are used in nature to achieve survival. Jy will explore how famous precedents in game theory, such as the well-known “Prisoner’s dilemma”, appear in everyday marketing strategies that we unknowingly encounter, for example, the brand new film that came out that you just can’t miss. Game Theory links to several other subjects and will be of interest to students of Economics, Mathematics, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology and Biology.

Philosophy and Literature
23 March: Matt and Charlotte

This lecture, focused on the role of Philosophy within Literature, will be divided into two components; one component will focus on the significance of key literary figures such as Dostoevsky in the philosophical world, with the other component exploring the ways in which literature is utilised as a tool in order to convey abstract, philosophical ideas to audiences and society on a pragmatic level. Matt and Charlotte aim to analyse the links between the worlds of Philosophy and Literature, and the ways in which they are intertwined, with philosophical ideas frequently serving as a key source of inspiration for various key literary texts over the centuries.

Is Paris really the ‘City of Love’?
4 May: Olivia and Charlotte

Olivia and Charlotte will use a variety of methods like audience participation and quizzes to explore the world’s stereotypical view of French culture and compare it to the harsh realities of French life and its surprising history. Their research will be based around foreign depictions of France in films and books, where it is seen to be romantic, versus modern French films like La Haine where the poverty and racism in France is exposed. They will also explore Marine Le Penn, Nazi Occupation, and the history of antisemitism in France.