Conversations with Ipswich School

Senior School

SPECIAL EDITION PODCAST EPISODES

The confidence of knowing who you are

What makes Thursday so useful for sharing news? Listen to this heartwarming and insightful episode in which Nicholas and Dylan discuss being true to yourself and navigating through societal and peer expectations…

Welcome to Pride Month

Welcome to Ipswich School’s celebration of Pride month. Staff from our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group explain why it’s important to recognise Pride, how this is part of an ongoing drive to promote an inclusive culture and what events to look out for.

International Women’s Day

Head Girl, Eva is joined by Connie and Angie to talk about Ipswich School’s Consciousness Club. 

Angie explains what inspired the idea of Consciousness Club during her time at Ipswich School, while Connie talks us through how the Club has since evolved. We hear about the importance of bridging the gap with Lower School pupils and what the future of the Club looks like – for example, using it for positive action like fundraising. 

Listen in as we celebrate this IWD and let’s #BreakTheBias.

SERIES THREE

In series three of our podcast we sit down with pupils and staff to discuss the academic life at Ipswich School.

SERIES THREE: EPISODE FOUR

Matt and Charlotte analyse the links between the worlds of Philosophy and Literature, the ways in which they are intertwined, and how literature popularises philosophical theories.

SERIES THREE: EPISODE THREE

Charlotte and Eva 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 look at Disney characters, politicians and pop icons using the theories of Locke and Lombroso. It’s a revealing study of how widespread the connection between beauty and morality has become.

SERIES THREE: EPISODE TWO

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 delves into examples of modern and ancient methods used by armies against women.

SERIES THREE: EPISODE ONE

Art teaches us how to think differently, to make surprising connections, to take risks and to learn from failure.

Hear from our Director of Art, Mr Parkin, about why art matters now and into the future. 

We hope this latest episode of our podcast series ‘Conversations with Ipswich School’ inspires you to come and see the student exhibitions in May. You can read more about the A Level exhibition and view some images here.

SERIES TWO

In series two of our podcasts we will learn more from our Old Ipswichians and current students about school life and life after Ipswich School.

SERIES TWO: EPISODE EIGHT

Our guests this week discuss the career opportunities in the navy. We hear about the accelerated apprentice scheme and how it appeals to those with a love of practical engineering and problem solving.

We learn about the Arkwright scholarship and why students should take as many opportunities as they can.

Did you know that putting a hat and sunglasses on your phone is a great way of capturing a solar eclipse – listen to find out more.

SERIES TWO: EPISODE SEVEN

What’s it like to work at one of the fastest growing companies? Listen in as Miles and Thomas talk about having a breadth of interests and how that helps when it comes to careers.

{2:18} The advantages of being open-minded when looking ahead; {9:50} EO Charging – working for a FT 1000 fastest growing company; {13:45} School is a fantastic journey.

SERIES TWO: EPISODE SIX

Music and technology are passions shared by this week’s guests. Listen in to find out how discovering your passions at school and university can lead to your dream job.

{2:09} Discovering your passions at work and school; {5:30} Planning a career in the music industry; {6:20} Music and drama build life-skills for the workplace.

SERIES TWO: EPISODE FIVE

A comprehensive look at the benefits of apprenticeships and what students can do to secure a place. We hear about why the practical element of learning on the job appeals, how the school can help, and how to prepare for interviews.

{1:50} Aprenticeships and how choose one to suit you; {8:00} Building confidence through drama and CCF; {13:50} Take all the opportunities available.

SERIES TWO: EPISODE FOUR

Does your personality change when you speak a foreign language? Antonia and Eva discuss how learning a language brings unexpected rewards. We discuss confidence and empathy, alongside how the student voice is playing a role in shaping the school.

{03:55} Life at university; {05:20} Languages and drama – building confidence and broadening horizons {11:20} Keeping your options open {14:10} The student voice – equality and ecology

SERIES TWO: EPISODE THREE

Could my dog become a doctor? Well not exactly, but we learn all about working with a team of enthusiastic dogs to detect disease. Clara and Amelia talk about the fascinating future of animal behaviour studies and the many options for studying this beyond school. 

{06.00} Being at school with future Olympians; {08.15} EPQs -what’s involved; {10.18} COVID, cancer, malaria – dogs are the future of disease detection; {20.45} Follow your passions

SERIES TWO: EPISODE TWO

Celebrating education beyond exams, the Headmaster explains why potential and passion matter.

Nicholas Weaver explains why the school’s values of potential, passion, care and  communication are so important and how they play out in day to day life.

We learn about the benefits of being in a large and popular school and how co-curricular activities develop vital skills that will last a lifetime. And at the end – we ask him to pick a favourite value – see what you make of his answer!

SERIES TWO: EPISODE ONE

It’s the ‘everything else’ that really makes the difference…

To launch Series 2 of our podcasts we’re turning the tables and quizzing some of our teachers. In this episode we ask our Head of Lower School what it’s really like to join in Year 7. 

We hear about a ‘love of learning’, why the ‘everything else’ is so important, what the teaching is like and what Anna used to do before she became a teacher. 

It’s a jam packed episode and not to be missed if you’re a Lower School family or thinking about Ipswich School for your child.

{2:10} What makes Ipswich School stand-out; {14:00} Cumbria – the much talked-about Year 8 trip; {17:00} Our induction process, including the entrance test; {30:35} Top tips for parents ⠀

SERIES ONE

This 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.

SERIES ONE: EPISODE EIGHT

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.

SERIES ONE: EPISODE SEVEN

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.

SERIES ONE: EPISODE SIX

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.

SERIES ONE: EPISODE FIVE

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.

SERIES ONE: EPISODE FOUR

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.

 

SERIES ONE: EPISODE THREE

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?

SERIES ONE: EPISODE TWO

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.

SERIES ONE: EPISODE ONE

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.