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Your first step towards an Ipswich School education

We are here to help you through every step of applying at 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.  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.

At age 11

Admission is by means of the entrance tests which are held at the end of January or early February.  For entry in September 2020, the entrance tests will be on Tuesday 28 January 2020. These consist of a Reasoning test and papers in Mathematics and English. Sample papers are available and the examination is set to assess potential. A Parents’ Guide will be sent to all registered candidates in October prior to the year of entry.  All candidates sitting the tests are considered for academic scholarships.

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.  For entry in September 2020, our entrance tests will be on Tuesday 3 March 2020.  Those, who would like to be considered for an academic scholarship, will also sit tests on Wednesday 4 March 2020.  All-rounder scholars and fee paying applicants will sit tests in Reasoning, English and Maths only.  Pupils interested in an Academic Scholarship will sit compulsory 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 sample paper.

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 Allrounder scholarship with be invited to attend an assessment on a Saturday in November.  For entry in September 2020, the scholarship assessments take place on Saturday 9 November or Saturday 16 November 2019. 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.

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.

International Admissions

Ipswich School is predominantly a day school but we have a small, well established boarding house that can accommodate up to 50 students wishing to board. A majority of our boarding students come from overseas, particularly Hong Kong, China, Russia, Malaysia, mainland Europe (Germany, Belgium etc) and Nigeria, we also have a small number of UK resident boarding students. Many of our overseas students have gone on to top universities in the UK and to other universities throughout the world. Find out more about our International Admissions here.