Senior School Admissions Process

Yvette Morton - Senior School Director of Admissions

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Application forms can be obtained from Yvette Morton, Director of Admissions (Tel: 01473 408300). Receipt by us of the completed application form will be taken as permission to send for a confidential report from the pupil's present school. Parents or guardians should therefore advise the pupil's present head teacher that they are making an application to Ipswich School.  The school year begins in early September and it is highly desirable that new pupils should join us then.  Occasionally pupils are admitted to the school in the Lent and Summer Terms. It is our policy to ensure equitable treatment of all pupils. There is a common standard for entry and admission procedures for girls and boys.

At age 11

Admission is by means of the Entrance Examination which is held at the end of January or early February. This consists of a Reasoning Test and papers in Mathematics and English. Past papers are available and the examination is set to assess potential. A detailed Parents’ Guide will be sent to all registered candidates in October prior to the year of entry. Here is some initial information about the tests in January. All candidates sitting the examination are considered for academic scholarships.

At age 13

Admission is by means either of the Common Entrance Examination or our own Entrance and Scholarship Examination. Candidates sitting the latter may be considered for awards. Pupils interested in an Academic Scholarship will sit compulsory papers in Reasoning, English, Mathematics, Science, Spanish or French, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, Geography and History. There are optional papers in Latin and German. All-rounder scholars and fee paying applicants will sit tests in Reasoning, English and Maths only. Specimen papers for this examination are available for registered candidates from the Admissions Office.

At age 16

Experience shows that success at A level follows for those who have achieved at least A grades at GCSE in the subjects they wish to study, or in related subjects, with at least six B grades overall in their GCSEs. We do accept pupils into the Sixth Form with lower grades than this as long as they are above an absolute minimum of six C grades with Bs in relevant subjects. In these cases we will discuss choices very carefully with the individual to determine whether our Sixth Form is a place where they will be able to best fulfil their potential. All offers are conditional on the candidate achieving this minimum requirement. We process the applications in November and application by mid-November is advisable so that the whole range of subjects is available. Later applications are welcome, though at that stage some subject combinations may be limited. Please see the Sixth Form booklet for further details.

At other ages

Some pupils are admitted each year at other ages, either by examination or interview or a combination of both.


These are available for external candidates at 11, 13 and 16 years of age. All academic scholarships are known as Queen's Scholarships in honour of Queen Elizabeth I. These are worth up to half fees and are awarded on the basis of examinations and interviews at 11 and 13 years. Music and Art Scholarships at 11 and 13 years are awarded on the basis of excellence in these areas as demonstrated by audition or portfolio. Sports Scholarships at 11 years of age are awarded to pupils who will make a significant contribution to the quality of sport at the school and an All-rounder Scholarship is available at 13 years of age.

Sixth Form scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, for exceptional musical talent and for an all-rounder who will do well academically and contribute outstandingly in other areas of school life such as sport or drama. Sports Scholarships are also available at 16 years of age. We also offer Arkwright Scholarships, which focus on Design Technology, and Ogden Trust awards which are open to pupils from state schools wishing to study Maths and Physics. The Ogden Trust awards are restricted to those whose parents have a relatively low income: further details are available from the Admissions Office.

A number of Ipswich School Means-Tested Bursaries are available at 11, 13 and 16 years of age for pupils of high academic or all-round ability whose parents could not otherwise afford the school fees. These are means-tested on an annual basis, taking into account both income and assets. Further details of all Scholarships and Means-Tested Bursaries are available from the Admissions Office.

Notification of Entrance Examinations

Parents who have completed the Application Form and paid the registration fee are notified early in the New Year with the dates and times of the entrance examinations.

Acceptance of a Place

All acceptances are considered firm by the beginning of the term preceding the term of entry. In the case of withdrawals after this date, a term's fees in lieu of notice is invariably required. The only exception to this is in cases where a pupil who has accepted a Sixth Form place does not achieve the necessary GCSE grades.

School Rules

Acceptance of a place involves a commitment by the parents or guardians to uphold the School Rules and Regulations. These are sent to the parents of all successful candidates and are also available on request from the Admissions Office.