Ipswich School

About Ipswich School

Ipswich School is the top school in Suffolk (Sunday Times Parent Power). Founded circa 1399 it has a longstanding educational heritage and is the only school to be mentioned in one of Shakespeare’s plays. Our students achieve excellent examination results and progress to top Russell group universities. But, whilst our academic results are consistently outstanding, this is anything but an ‘academic hothouse’. This is a happy, supportive and busy school where students develop intellectual curiosity, a spirit of service and lifelong friendships. We provide a boutique boarding experience within an outstanding British co-educational independent school.

Boarding at Ipswich School

We have two small boarding houses: Westwood and Anglesea Heights. Westwood boarding house is a Victorian mansion set in wooded grounds, just a 5 minute walk from the main school site. This houses our Year 9 – 12 boarders, girls and boys. Anglesea Heights is set in historic grounds in the centre of Ipswich. Shared facilities in the Sixth Form Boarding House include a warm and welcoming lounge, TV room, kitchen, IT suites and music rooms. All rooms in Anglesea have ensuite toilet and shower facilities. The majority of our boarding students come from overseas but we also have a growing number of UK boarding students and overall the significant majority of students are British pupils. We are located near the heritage Suffolk coast within an hour of London Stansted. All boarders benefit from a friendly, home-from-home experience combined with the best of British schooling.


Type of School Co-ed, boarding and day
School Address Ipswich School, 25 Henley Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 3SG
Number of Pupils 1133
Number of Boarders 70
International Boarders 63
Age Range 3-18
Religious Tradition Christian
Distance from Airports

48 miles

Distance from London

75 miles

School Links

Ipswich Prep School

Educational Programmes

GCSE, A Level & BTEC Sport

Ipswich School has a strong and consistent academic reputation. Students achieve excellent examination results and progress to the best universities, including Oxbridge and top Russell Group. In 2022, 43% achieved 9-8 grades and 66% achieved 9-7 grades. A Level results were 57% A* – A and 83% at A*-B. Popular university destinations include: Durham, Kings College London, Exeter, Warwick and Edinburgh.

Co-Curricular Programmes

Learning is enhanced with our life skills and co-curricular programme, with excellent music, sport and drama provision in particular. With 60 acres of playing fields and an all weather pitch at the boarding house there is plenty of sport on offer. Sixth Form students take part in The Edge, which includes a Level 3 qualification in Leadership and Management, and a week away at an outdoors study centre in South Devon.