Senior School Admissions

Senior School

NEW FOR JANUARY 2021: Changes to entrance assessments for Year 7 entry

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we have made some changes to our Year 7 entrance assessments. These will now take place as online tests on Saturday 16 January for external candidates.

There will be a combination of numeracy, literacy and reasoning tests to be completed online, in your own home, and a timed creative writing exercise to be photographed and emailed back to the school. This is similar in content to our standard test procedure. 

The tests will be in small groups online and overseen by a remote invigilator.

Please note: the online assessments for candidates from Ipswich Prep School will be held on Monday 18 January, and follow the same format as for external candidates.

Online Parents’ Information Evening for Year 7 entry only

We are also holding an online Parents’ Information Evening at 7pm on Monday 11 January, for those looking to join the school in Year 7. The session will be an interactive, live meeting on our Youtube channel. In addition to this general information webinar we are taking bookings for smaller group discussions with Ms Caston, Head of Lower School. 

To register your child for our entrance assessments, or to book a place for the Information Evening and Parent Chat groups, please email

Year 7 Scholarship and Bursary Applicants

  • Academic Scholarships: as in previous years, Academic Scholarship candidates will be identified from the overall test results. These candidates will be invited for an online interview on either 25, 26 or 27 January.
  • Shortlisted Bursary applicants will be interviewed online on 26 or 27 January. B2 forms must be returned to the school before 16 January.
  • Sports Scholarship Assessments – these will be re-arranged, and the Admissions Team will be in touch with shortlisted candidates to confirm arrangements.
  • Art and Music Scholarship assessments are scheduled and running online as originally planned. 
  • Art portfolios can be photographed and emailed to Richard Parkin, Director of Art ( with an extended deadline of midday on Monday 11 January. If this presents difficulties the portfolio can be delivered to either Ipswich School or Ipswich Prep (Ivry Street) between 9am and 3.30pm by the original deadline of Friday 8 January – please let us know if you will be delivering the portfolio to the school.

General admissions information

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.

Application forms can be obtained from the Admissions team (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, 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 virtual school 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 January 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.

Entrance at age 13

Admissions is by means of our own entrance and scholarship tests which take place in early March each year, or by Common Entrance, run by the pupil’s current school, in early June.  Applicants sit tests in Reasoning, English and Maths only, this includes those applying for all-rounder scholarships.  Pupils interested in an Academic Scholarship will sit papers in Reasoning, English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Language, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, Geography and History. There is an optional paper in Latin.  A detailed Parents’ Guide will be sent to all registered candidates, which will include a sample paper.

There will be an Information Evening for parents of pupils hoping to join us in Year 9 on Monday 22 February at 7pm.

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 an assessment on a Saturday in November.  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. 


Our very top academic scholars are known as Queen’s Scholarships in honour of Queen Elizabeth I. Scholarships can be worth up to half 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.