About us

Our core values

  • All people are different
  • Clear requirements and challenging goals
  • Education is for life
  • Life is what you make it.

New ways of learning

  • We have developed a very exciting and new approach to learning which is designed to meet the varied and different needs of each individual student within the Academy.
  • We believe that all students are different and that they learn in different ways and at different rates.
  • The core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, ICT and languages will be delivered using a specially developed ‘STEPS Curriculum´ where students will be encouraged to work at their own pace, with their teachers having set goals for them.
  • They will also benefit from a thematic, problem-solving approach in other curriculum areas where they will develop the personal learning and thinking skills that will enable them to become successful learners at school but also throughout their lives.
  • We also offer a full range of ex-curricular provision including sport, the arts and activities such as The Duke of Edinburgh Award.


  • We organise our school into three smaller colleges; two lower school colleges (Years 7 - 9) and an upper college (Years 10 and 11), while Years 12 and 13 form part of the Sixth Form.
  • This provides a smaller scale environment for every student and enables students and teachers to get to know one another more quickly than in a traditional secondary school structure.
  • Within their college, each student belongs to a base group of no more than 21 students.
  • The base group tutor is responsible for supporting and caring for their students, to help them plan their programme of study and to help them achieve their goals.
  • Parents receive regular updates from tutors on their child´s progress.

On-line with the Learning Portal

  • All the resources used by students and teachers are available on a website we call the ‘Learning Portal´.
  • Students, parents and staff are able to access this from computers in the Academy, at home or anywhere with an internet link.
  • There is also a regular reporting of progress electronically.  Students and parents have access to an on-line system so they can check on their levels of progress in terms of assessments and comments made by the tutor and teachers.

Building on primary experience

  • Each student ‘joins´ the curriculum at a place suitable for them.  Traditionally, the transition from primary to high school has often resulted in students going backwards initially and covering work which they may have done before.  We do not want this to happen.
  • We work hard with parents and our primary schools to quickly assess the most suitable starting point for each student and then encourage them to set themselves some challenging goals.

The personal tutorial

  • The students meet their base group tutor every day and each week they will be given a 15 minute personal tutorial with their tutor to establish and then review their goals and their progress.
  • This tutorial will be recorded in the student logbook which is a very important part of their Academy experience.
  • The students will be expected to carry their logbook at all times and use it to record their goals, plans and learning tasks for the week.  It will also be used for regular communication between parents, the base group tutor and subject teachers.

The Sixth Form and specialism

  • In September 2011 the Academy opened its own Sixth Form, catering for about 150-200 students.
  • We offer courses at all levels but particularly level 2 and 3 and we concentrate on three main educational strands - Business and Enterprise, Sport and Creative Media.
  • We are a centre of Excellence for Business and Enterprise and we aim to provide all students with the opportunity to undertake internships within local businesses.
  • We have extensive international links in Sweden and New York but also India and South Africa and we wish our students to benefit from this by participating in study tours, exchanges and focused visits.

Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged students and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
The Pupil Premium is used to provide the multi-agency team based at the Academy and a wide range of targeted interventions to meet the needs of our students. These include summer transition programmes, language and literacy interventions, mentors and specialist staff, including a Social Worker and Family and Community Support Worker. We also provide intensive support programmes through our dedicated Intervention Centre.
For more detailed information on the Ipswich Academy Pupil Premium programme, please click here.

New build project information
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