Ipswich High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
3 - 19
coeducational diamond model
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

Full Report
Independent Inspection Report
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
GCSE results at grade 9-7

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

Progress Compared With All Other Schools

- 0.01 A level Progress Score Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

2017 2018 2019 41% 9% 21%

% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Woolverstone Hall
01473 780201

School Description

Founded in 1878, Ipswich High School has a longstanding reputation for offering an exceptional education and experience to pupils. We lead the way in education with an innovative and personalised curriculum, allowing the right amount of flexibility and support for each individual. We provide a strong, vibrant and thriving educational community for children aged 3 to 18, allowing our pupils to succeed and grow at all stages of their school education. Our beautiful 84-acre campus is located in Woolverstone, just outside Ipswich. The spacious site has superb facilities such as a theatre, ICT suites, a 25m swimming pool, Sixth Form suite, cookery rooms, dedicated music rooms and floodlit AstroTurf pitches. We also capitalise on our outstanding natural surroundings; our woodland provides an outdoor learning area for the Prep School, offering a unique, proactive learning experience in an ever-changing environment.

News, Photos and Open Days from Ipswich High School
Last update: 13 November 2021

Welcome to Ipswich High School, a vibrant day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 5-18, set in an idyllic 87-acre campus in Woolverstone on the banks of the River Orwell. With approximately 450 pupils, everyone at Ipswich High School is well known and nobody is left out. We have small classes of hard-working pupils and inspirational teachers who help to instil a love of learning; the results of which are exceptional academic outcomes year-on-year.

We are just as ambitious outside of the classroom and pride ourselves on the huge breadth of our co-curricular programme as well as offering a home-from-home boarding environment in our stunning newly developed boarding house.

Above all, our ambition is not to make our pupils fit a pre-defined view of what they should be. We believe in getting to know every pupil and using our school to inspire them to achieve more than they previously thought possible and to leave us believing there are no limits to what they can achieve, for themselves and for others.

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Mr Mark Howe has been appointed as the new Head and will join the school in August 2020, ahead of the 2020/21 academic year.

Mr Howe joined the co-educational, independent school from a private boarding school in Devon, where, under his leadership, the school has seen its highest examination results across all three of its programmes (GCSE, A level and IBDP) and enrolment growth of 15%.

Mr Howe relocated to the school with his wife and daughter.

Mr Howe embarked on his career as a teacher of History at a state school in Hampshire in 2006, where he became the county’s History lead. In 2011 he moved to a British International School in China, where he became Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head. During his tenure in China, he played a leading role in establishing the school as one of the fastest growing and most academically successful schools within the Nord Anglia Education group. It achieved excellent, sustained A level results and 25% of all A level students moved on to study at top 20 global universities.

Mr Howe said: “I am absolutely delighted to have joined Ipswich High School and to be living in the beautiful surroundings of the peninsula. The school has an enviable reputation for its academic and student success, and I have certainly received a very warm welcome at Woolverstone Hall.”


Ipswich High School to collaborate on exciting new project with East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

The renowned, Woolverstone-based school announced on Wednesday 9th September an exciting new project, in collaboration with East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, whereby pupils in the Prep School will become published authors through interviewing and recording the stories of NHS professionals working on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 at Ipswich High School have been invited by the NHS Trust to meet and question the doctors and nurses who have been working tirelessly to care for patients during the pandemic, as well as interview individuals who have recovered from the virus. The pupils, who range from ages 9 to 11, will then record the stories and experiences in their own words which will be collected, printed and published in an anthology, with the proceeds going to a local charity dedicated to supporting communities who have been badly affected by this crisis.

Mark Howe, Head of Ipswich High School said: “We are incredibly excited about this project and the opportunity for our pupils in Years 5 and 6 to meet and hear firsthand the experiences of our local frontline NHS professionals. With Covid-19 being in the forefront of everyone’s minds, it has opened their eyes to the incredible work our healthcare professionals do, and we hope, through this project, it will inspire many of our pupils to pursue a career in the healthcare profession.”

“This project is part of my belief that, in addition to achieving academic excellence within the classroom, it is the school’s responsibility to focus on engaging and empowering our students to participate and lead in initiatives which will make a positive impact upon the world and demonstrate to them that, even at this age, there are no limits to what they can achieve.”


An Private Tour is your opportunity to:

- Tour our beautiful school campus 

- See what makes Ipswich High School so special

- Meet teachers and discuss how our tailored curriculum could benefit your child

- Find out more about the broad range of enrichment activities embedded in our school day

- Learn about the Admissions process and how to join the school

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Ipswich High School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.