Senior School Life
Life at Ipswich School
Pupils at Ipswich Senior School enjoy a packed daily programme of lessons, games, co-curricular activities, clubs, drama and music. The Senior School has something – and a little more – for everyone.
Lessons are taught by subject specialists and one of the common characteristics of all our teachers is the passion they have for their subject. Class sizes are small, not more than 24 in the Middle and Lower School and no more than 16 in the Sixth Form. Pupils are supported by top quality resources including a dedicated language lab, purpose-built science and Art rooms and a brand new, state of the art Music School.
Sport is a key part of life at the Senior School and many of our past pupils have represented their country in a range of sports. Two of the current GB men’s hockey team and one of the GB women’s hockey team were past pupils. The school has several playing fields in and around the school site, but the jewel in the crown is Ipswich School Sports Centre at Rushmere with its three hockey pitches and six netball courts, making it one of the most comprehensive school sports facilities for these activities in the country.
Music has a central place in the Senior School. There are numerous orchestras for pupils of all abilities, specialist musical instrument teachers who fit sessions into the daily school routine, and the renowned Chapel Choir. Every year the Senior School combines with the Prep to put on a wonderful concert at the world famous Snape Maltings concert hall. The school also stages an annual Music Festival each year featuring the best professional music acts alongside some of the top performing pupils.
Similarly drama is an activity enjoyed throughout the school with performances put on every year in the Lower and Middle School, and the Sixth Form. Plays are supported by some of the latest in lighting and audio technology and a costume department with an almost endless supply of outfits.
Alongside all this there is an extensive co-curricular programme at the school which features the innovate Life Skills programme, a wide range of clubs and societies, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the CCF and a thriving community support programme.
There is a strong emphasis on pastoral care, with the tutor acting as the main point of contact, supported by heads of section, a full time school nurse and chaplain as well as a school counsellor. The involvement of parents is vital to a child’s successful education and they get six weekly updates on their child’s progress as well as regular parents’ evenings. All this is underpinned by an on-line portal – myipswichschool – which provides an interactive calendar of all school events and a weekly school magazine.