Staff and pupils are jumping for joy after being selected as finalists at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Ipswich High School is up for two prizes at the Independent Schools of the Year awards 2019.

The school will be vying for the titles of Social Mobility and Rising Star for former Sixth Form student Isabelle Tucker.

The social mobility award is presented to a school which ensures that pupils, regardless of their social or economic background, can fulfil their aspirational goals.

Ipswich High School introduced the Elliston Award three years ago.
It is a guaranteed scholarship to join the Sixth Form for the brightest state school applicants.
Since its inception, 22 students have received the award.

Rising Star finalist Isabelle, 18, undertook a project of epic proportions for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside her A Levels.
The EPQ is an independent research project which can either be a written report or creating a product.


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

Oona Carlin, Head of School, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as finalists in two categories at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards.

“We are particularly thrilled for Isabelle as it is recognition for her hard work and the many hours she put in to perfect her shepherd’s hut.

“The school community is looking forward to October and discovering whether we have been victorious.”

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

The category winners and the overall Independent School of the Year will be revealed at the awards ceremony on October 7.