The school community has revealed its pride at being the only Suffolk school to be a finalist in two categories at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Ipswich High School was a finalist at the Independent Schools of the Year awards in London last night.

It was up for the Independent School of the Year for Contribution to Social Mobility for its work in ensuring that pupils, regardless of their social or economic background, can fulfil their aspirational goals.

Isabelle Tucker, awards finalist

And former Sixth Form student Isabelle Tucker was a finalist in the Rising Star category in recognition of her epic Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which provides a taster of university-style learning, alongside her A Levels.

Despite coming away empty-handed, Head of School Oona Carlin said it was fantastic to celebrate Ipswich High School’s successes alongside other schools from across the UK.

Ms Carlin said: “The awards ceremony provided a wonderful occasion to celebrate the many achievements of independent schools.

“It was a real achievement to be selected as finalists and reflects the hard work and dedication of both our staff and students and our commitment to ensuring we provide our pupils with the very best education that we can.

“The Rising Star award nominees were all so incredibly deserving, and it was fantastic to have Isabelle’s work showcased at such a prestigious event.”

For her EPQ, Isabelle built a full-sized shepherd’s hut and achieved an A* for the project as well as an A* in Design Technology.

The Rising Star title went to Henry Ackroyd, of Sedbergh School, while the Social Mobility award was handed to Highgate School.

The awards, run by Independent School Parent magazine, recognise and applaud the varied and imaginative ways in which independent schools prepare young people for their future lives.