International Students

Established in 1878, Ipswich High School offers a tailored education for boys and girls on our 87-acre campus in rural Suffolk. Our home is Woolverstone Hall, a Palladian Grade I listed mansion built in 1776 standing on the banks of the river Orwell. We are forward-thinking, innovative and offer a personalised curriculum, allowing flexibility and support for each individual.

Our GCSE results in 2019 are the best across all schools in our region, with more than a quarter of grades awarded at 9 or A* – the highest possible grades. Our A Level results are excellent with 66% at A*-B (2019). What’s more, all of our students progressed on to their first-choice university. See our Alumni University Destinations to find out more.

Extra-curricular activities are offered in abundance via our extensive Enrichment Programme. Our campus provides river access to sailing, a 25-metre swimming pool, AstroTurf pitches, indoor and outdoor courts and pitches, an art studio, a fully functioning theatre with tiered seating, a dance studio and a refurbished Sixth Form suite with parking available. Ipswich High School is registered for Child Student Visas with UK Visas and Immigration. We can admit international students from all over the world.

If you would like to find out more about joining Ipswich High School, please contact our Admissions team

You can also download a copy of our International Guide to find out more.

An aerial view of Ipswich High School's campus


EAL stands for English as an Additional Language. Other common abbreviations are EFL, English as a Foreign Language and ESL, English as a Second Language.

‘An EAL student is a student whose first language is not English. It does not refer to the stage of English these students may be on. Many EAL students speak English on a par to native speakers. The title of EAL encompasses students who are fully bilingual and all those at different stages of learning English.’ EAL students may be:

  • Newly arrived from a foreign country and school
  • Newly arrived from a foreign country, but an English-speaking school
  • Born abroad, but moved to the UK at some point before starting school or
  • Born in the UK, but in a family where the first language learned and spoken is not English.

The EAL department of Ipswich high School exists to support and develop pupils’ appreciation and knowledge of the English language and British Culture, manners and behaviour while maintaining their indebtedness to their own language and culture. The EAL department strives to enable pupils to undertake their studies in all subject areas successfully and to be prepared for further education at university.

In England, the curriculum is almost entirely delivered and assessed through the medium of English language. Therefore, language development must form a key component of a school’s curriculum, so that all pupils can both access the curriculum and successfully demonstrate what they have learnt. Successful learning should therefore translate into every pupil’s ability to articulate their knowledge and understanding appropriately, and the curriculum must take account of this fundamental need. This is particularly important for EAL pupils, as they are developing their competency in English and are therefore less likely to perform to their full potential.

Therefore, as IHS desires to provide effective and sufficiently rapid language development for EAL pupils, the school must establish an EAL department that will ensure any EAL learners falling behind or linguistically disadvantaged pupils at risk of achieving below the national average, get the support and learning development they need.

The EAL department at Ipswich High School strives to identify a student’s needs at the earliest opportunity, recognising the skills they bring to the school and ensuring equality of access to the whole curriculum. This help is a mixture of academic and pastoral and extends to all areas of school life, as these students are learning not only a second language but also how to adapt and thrive in a new culture.

Contact Our International Admissions Team