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Orwell Park School

Nacton, Ipswich, IP10 0ER

Founded in 1868, Orwell Park School is a leading day and boarding preparatory school for boys and girls aged between 2½ and 13 years in the village of Nacton on the edge of Ipswich in the English county of Suffolk.
Orwell Park School

Phone: 01473659225

Website: www.orwellpark.co.uk

Head: Mr Adrian Brown

Registrar Details:

Bernadette Ross-Smith
01473653224

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Founded in 1868, Orwell Park School is a leading day and boarding preparatory school for boys and girls aged between 2½ and 13 years in the village of Nacton on the edge of Ipswich in the English county of Suffolk.

Notable Academic Facilities

We want our pupils to develop a love of learning that they will carry with them throughout their lives and a broad and challenging academic curriculum is taught by high quality specialist staff, who are passionate about their subject. Outside the classroom, all pupils engage in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including the main sports, drama, art and music and from the Early Years onwards all are encouraged to gain confidence in public speaking. There is an energy about the school which makes it a hugely exciting place to be. Many pupils take the opportunity to board, developing qualities such as tolerance, independence and leadership. All our pupils are encouraged to think creatively and independently and to take responsibility for their actions by respecting the rights and views of others. Above all, there is a strong sense of community and family at Orwell Park, with excellent relationships between pupils and staff, who support and guide in good times and bad.
"We want our pupils to develop a love of learning that they will carry with them throughout their lives and a broad and challenging academic curriculum is taught by high quality specialist staff, who are passionate about their subject. Outside the classroom, all pupils engage in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including the main sports, drama, art and music and from the Early Years onwards all are encouraged to gain confidence in public speaking. There is an energy about the school which makes it a hugely exciting place to be. Many pupils take the opportunity to board, developing qualities such as tolerance, independence and leadership. All our pupils are encouraged to think creatively and independently and to take responsibility for their actions by respecting the rights and views of others. Above all, there is a strong sense of community and family at Orwell Park, with excellent relationships between pupils and staff, who support and guide in good times and bad.

Wellbeing & Pastoral Care

All members of staff at Orwell Park, whether academic or support staff’ have a part to play in providing for the needs of their young charges. In Pre-Prep and Middle School (Nursery to Year 5), class teachers take special responsibility for the welfare as well as academic progress of the pupils in their care. In Years 6 to 8, pupils are given a Tutor who will not only maintain an overview of academic progress over the next three years in Senior School, but also take responsibility for pupil’s pastoral needs. In tutorial groups, which are kept deliberately small, Tutors spend valuable time each week with the pupils in their care. Tutors at all levels keep in regular contact with parents and make themselves readily available to discuss a pupil’s needs at interview, by e-mail or telephone.

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Financial Assistance

All Rounder scholarship also available

Highly Regarded For

Outstanding teaching provision and pastoral care, set in extensive grounds

Notable Points

SENCO provision is available 5 days a week

Leavers' Attainment

All children enjoy considerable success in their final examinations, many winning scholarships to their senior schools, with 26 awarded to Year 8 leavers in 2021.

Leavers' Destinations

Year 8 pupils regularly achieve places at the following senior schools: Ampleforth, Benenden, Brighton College, Cheltenham Ladies’, Culford, Downe House, Eton, Felsted, Framlingham, Gordonstoun, Gresham’s, Haileybury, Harrow, Ipswich, King’s Canterbury, Marlborough, Millfield, Milton Abbey, Oakham, Oundle, Radley, Repton, RHS, Rugby, Sedbergh, Shrewsbury, St Mary’s Ascot, Stowe, The Leys, Tonbridge, Tudor Hall, Uppingham, Wellington, Westminster, Winchester, Woodbridge and Wycombe Abbey.

Sector: Independent

Day/Boarding: Day & Boarding

Setting: Countryside

Total Pupils: 286

Ages Covered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Gender: Co-ed

Religious Ethos: None

Opening Date: 1/1/1920

SEN: Comprehensive SEN support

Sibling Policy: No

Financial Assistance: Academic scholarship, Music scholarship, Design scholarship, Arts scholarship, Sports scholarship, Armed forces discount, Bursary

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Entry Routes: 3+, 4+, 5+, 6+, 7+, 8+, 10+, 11+

Selection: Academically Selective

Early Application: At birth

Languages: French, German, Latin, Greek

Curriculum:

  • British

Recreational Space:
Extensive sports facilities on campus