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.

Read our prospectus

Individual school tours

We offer individual tours of the school with our Admissions team – you can book online here. If you would like to discuss more about an individual tour please email admissions@ipswich.school or call 01473 408328.


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 Non-Verbal 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.

Places are now open for Year 7 entry in September 2023.


Entrance at age 13

Prospective pupils may apply for scholarships in music, sport and art; all-rounder and academic scholarships are also available. Year 9 applicants may also choose to sit Common Entrance exams, run by the pupil’s current school, in early June. 

Places are now open for Year 9 entry in September 2023. Assessments will be held in February 2023 for entry the following September.


Entrance at age 16

For new students, entry to the Sixth Form is dependent on GCSE grades, an interview with the Headmaster and a school reference. To enter our Sixth Form and be successful, we like to see grade 7s in the GCSE subjects a student wishes to take at A Level (8s for Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths) or in relevant subjects, with at least six grades 6s overall. We also accept students onto BTEC Sport and Exercise Science plus one A Level.  For this combination we like to see at least six grade 5s at GCSE overall, with a 7 in a relevant subject for the A Level. Below this attainment level, it is likely that we are not the right match for a student, although we are happy to discuss exceptional circumstances.


Awards

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. Scholarships are awarded to pupils who will make a significant contribution to the quality of art, music or 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.

Please see application forms below. We ask candidates for art scholarships to prepare a portfolio of their preferred pieces.

Boarding

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.