The Learning Support Department offers support and expertise to help resolve difficulties and find positive solutions for pupils experiencing barriers to their learning. Occasionally, pupils need reinforcement and confidence-boosting in certain areas. Some pupils who are academically sound need structured tuition to enable them to organise their learning and to show their academic ability. Some have learning difficulties which hamper their assimilation of certain skills, particularly in relation to reading or spelling. Others have English as their second language and need support to improve their command, both written and orally, of the English language.
Support sessions are scheduled either outside lesson time or on a rota so that the disruption to lessons is minimised. In-classroom support is not generally offered, but every effort is made to ensure that provision is tailored to the individual's needs, including examination access arrangements and ICT support.
"High standards are achieved, including by pupils with English as an additional language, the more able and those with special educational needs or disabilities." Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2014
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Most of the EAL pupils at Ipswich School live at the Westwood Boarding House. All EAL boarders receive a minimum of 2 lessons of specialist EAL tuition weekly on top of the normal curriculum. Pupils are able to get help from Learning Support with both academic work and pastoral issues.
There is a Study Support Club each day after school from 4.15 until 6pm. This does not have to be pre-booked and is open to all pupils