Orwell Park School: Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

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Orwell Park School in a independent private boarding and day school for boys and girls (located in Orwell, near Ipswich in Suffolk, United Kingdom. Set in more than 100 acres of parkland provides a broad and balanced education for boarders and day pupils, between the ages of 3 and 13. A modern, caring and flexible approach to boarding sets Orwell Park apart as a forward thinking school, which continues to instil traditional values such as commitment, compassion and courtesy in its pupils. Academically, this junior boarding school prides itself on successfully preparing children for entry to senior school at 13+, with more than a third of leavers winning scholarships: for academic excellence or for music, art, sport, design and technology – all to a wide range of senior independent schools, Orwell Park offers academic challenge to all children and learning support to those who need it. In the classroom, a traditional curriculum (including classics) is taught, using the most modern methods. This top boarding school employs motivated teachers with a passion for their subject; they encourage self-reliance, helping all children in time to take responsibility for their own learning and personal organisation. Extensive grounds provide abundant opportunities for children’s games, both formal and informal. Excellent facilities of this great boarding school in Suffolk range from assault course to astroturf, golf courses to games pitches, swimming pool to squash courts and sports hall. There is a full fixture list of matches against other schools in which boys and girls of all abilities are selected to play. In addition to sport, an extensive range of activities is also offered. The recently opened Pre-Prep building matches in terms of facilities the outstanding education that has been the hallmark of the existing Pre-Prep. The state of the art building is set in its own The Pre-Prep has its own landscaped area and forms part of the 110 acre site, which includes the main Prep School, a stunning 18th century mansion set in beautiful grounds leading down to the Orwell estuary. At this independent boarding school, children are encouraged to achieve academic success, to be free to play, explore and learn in one of the most beautiful settings in England.

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7 days boarding: 

GBP 13,074 per term

About the school

Orwell Park is a long established co-educational prep school for day pupils and boarders. The outstanding beauty of the grounds and historic buildings contribute to an inspiring experience, which combines the legacy and traditions of the past with the dynamism and energy of the present and the future. Boys and girls are given every opportunity to be the best they can be, both in and outside the classroom. High expectations, and learning strategies tailored to the individual child, lead to high levels of attainment. Academic achievement and pastoral care are given top priority, alongside core values such as courtesy, personal responsibility and respect for others. Children are encouraged to take on challenges, to overcome setbacks and to see failure as part of the journey to success, to develop the resilience, initiative, flexibility, creativity and collaborative skills that will prepare them for the next stage of their education and later life. At Orwell Park, pupils develop a balanced sense of themselves and a quiet confidence in their interactions with others.

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Academic life

Our aim is to provide a stimulating environment within a mixed ability form-based structure. We seek to develop our pupils’ academic potential within a caring and supportive environment, as well as encourage their participation in creative, musical and sporting activities.

Sport and culture

Sport is for all at Orwell Park! The extensive grounds provide abundant opportunities for children’s games, both formal and informal. Excellent facilities range from assault course to floodlit astroturf, golf course to games pitches, swimming pool to squash courts and sports hall. Sport begins in the Pre-Prep with PE lessons for all classes, including Nursery and Reception, and hockey and tennis available as extra-curricular activities to pupils in Years 1 and 2.

Our major sports are:

Boys: Rugby, Hockey, Cricket
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Cricket

Many other sporting activities take place at various times in the School year: athletics, badminton, cross country, eventing, football, golf, gymnastics, karate, sailing, skiing, squash, swimming and tennis.

Location Description

Headmasters House, Orwell Park School, Orwell Park, Ipswich, Nacton, Suffolk IP10 0ER

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