Impact of Giving

The impact of a bursary far outweighs the actual amount given. It is an immeasurable gift that can redefine the life of its recipient.

2020 Impact Report

We are delighted to publish our first Impact Report which details donations and pledges made to the School between Dec 2018 – Aug 2020.

Thank you for helping us to change lives through education. 

William Latta OI, Bursary recipient

My life was shaped by a combination of the School and my dear mother: the broad education and confidence I gained created opportunities I wouldn’t have had if they hadn’t stood up for me in those difficult times.

That’s why I have left a legacy to the School. It was my privilege to have had this opportunity, and I want to pass on my good fortune to the next generation.

Wendy Sun OI, Bursary recipient

Thanks to the bursary scheme, I was lucky enough to have experienced high-quality education at one of the best schools in the country. My time at Ipswich School enabled me to thrive academically and helped pave the way for my future university and career path. I also met some amazing people during the five years at the school and made long-lasting friendships. 

Matt and Colin Scott OI, Phoenix Fund Supporters

“We can’t overstate how important the continuity of being able to stay on at the School was during the turmoil and change of the first months and years after we lost our dad.

The behavioural and emotional support the School continued to give us contributed positively in many, many ways.”

Mark Bailey OI, Bursary and Scholarship recipient

“When the offer of a Queen’s Scholarship to Ipswich School arrived in the spring, our family was assessed as requiring 100% remission. A full fee bursary. 

The family celebrated with a meal at the Martlesham Red Lion, the first time we had dined out for an evening meal.

The values I observed and absorbed at Ipswich School have been influential throughout my career in education.”


Rosie Geelmuyden OI, Bursary recipient

Rosie Geelmuyden OI

“Without the assistance from my Ipswich School Bursary, I don’t believe that I would have been able to achieve half as much as I have. Ipswich School has provided me with an extensive level of support and a wide range of opportunities which would not have been available to me elsewhere.

Thankfully the generosity of the School allowed me to learn and grow in an environment more suited to me.”


Hannah McFarland OI, Bursary recipient

“My time at Ipswich School was genuinely an incredibly happy period of my life. As I look back over the things I’ve done since school, I can’t quite believe how lucky I have been. I will always be grateful to the School for giving me the knowledge, skills and ambition to achieve what I have.

I genuinely believe the bursary I was awarded changed my life.”

Dr Hannah McFarland OI

Alex Yeandle OI, Bursary recipient

Alex Yeandle OI

“Without a shadow of a doubt Ipswich School made me as a person and prepared me for adult life. The opportunities I find myself with going into the future are due to the fantastic education I received, not just in an academic sense but in a co-curricular sense also. Experiences which will stay with me for the rest of my life. 

I will forever be in gratitude for the bursary and scholarship schemes available at Ipswich and strongly believe in the potential they have for furthering social mobility in Suffolk and surrounding areas.”


Karl Daniels OI, Donor and former Chair of Governors

“It is so necessary for Ipswich School to be able to provide bursaries for boys and girls who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to come here – my education at this school gave me so much and I am delighted to have been able to give something back.

I hope my experience, and the joy it has given me to see this young person excel, will encourage other OIs to support the provision of bursaries in the future, at whatever level.”

Karl Daniels OI

John Poulter, Donor and former Governor

John Poulter, supporter and former governor

“Education is the most valuable legacy that one generation can bestow on the next. The recipient of the bursary which I funded will, I am sure, relish their good fortune, but the benefit extends to the wider School community.

It is a privilege to have made the contribution and I urge others to do likewise.”

Parent Testimonial of current Scholarship and Bursary recipient

“She is taught in a supportive and caring environment, has amazing opportunities and is nurtured musically, academically and holistically.  The ethos and values of the School are to produce happy, well-rounded pupils and this is without question our experience of Ipswich School.”