Senior School Admissions

Senior School

We are here to help you through every step of applying to Ipswich School, whether it’s transferring from our Prep School or joining us from another school. We will make sure that you have all the information you need to help you make this important decision about your child’s next step in their education. Do visit us, meet our staff and pupils and find out what makes Ipswich School the school of choice.

Applications can be made online. 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, as part of the normal admissions process. Parents or guardians should therefore advise the pupil’s present head teacher that they are making an application to Ipswich School. Most pupils join in September but occasionally pupils are admitted to the school in the Lent and Summer Terms, please contact us if you are applying after the entry deadline. It is our policy to ensure equitable treatment of all pupils.

Individual school tours

We are now booking individual tours with our Admissions Team. Please email or call 01473 408328 and we will be able to book your tour.

Entrance at age 11

Admission is by means of the entrance exam which is held at the end of November prior to entry in the following September. The exam consists of a Reasoning test and papers in Mathematics and English. Sample papers are available and the examination is set to assess potential. All candidates sitting the entrance exam are considered for academic scholarships.

If you would like to apply for a Year 7 place for September 2021 please contact our Admissions Team ( who will be able to advise you. We can consider late applications for September 2021 if there is capacity.

Entrance at age 13

For 2021 entry, we are running online assessments in Reasoning, English and Maths, this includes those applying for all-rounder scholarships.  Pupils interested in an Academic Scholarship will also be invited to take part in an online interview. Assessments for 2022 entry will be held in February 2022 for the following September.

Year 9 applicants may also choose to sit Common Entrance exams, run by the pupil’s current school, in early June. 

Prospective pupils may apply for scholarships in music, sport and art; all-rounder and academic scholarships are also available.

Entrance at age 16

Entry to Sixth Form is dependent on GCSE grades, an interview with the Headmaster and a school reference.  Those applying for an Academic or All-rounder scholarship will be invited to attend a further assessment. Experience shows that success at A level follows for those who have achieved at least grade 7 at GCSE in the subjects they wish to study at A level, or in related subjects, with at least six grade 6s 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 grade 5s with grade 6s in the relevant subjects. 


Scholarships range in value from 5% to up to 50% of day fees and are awarded on the basis of tests and assessments at 11 and 13 years. Sports Scholarships at 11 and 13 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. These are means-tested on an annual basis, taking into account income, assets and a possible home visit.


We have two small, well established boarding houses. Many of our boarding students come from overseas, and we also have UK resident boarders who opt to weekly or flexi board. Find out more about our International Admissions here.

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.