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Orwell Park School, Suffolk

School Details
United Kingdom,
IP10 0ER

Tel: +44 1473 659225
Fax: +44 1473 659822

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Adrian Brown, MA (Cantab)

Bernadette Ross-Smith

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Inter-denominational, Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
2 - 13
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Entry test or exam, Interview, Visit school, Report from previous school, Trial day at school, Scholarship exam, Registration, Taster days

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Art, CDT, Financial need, Means tested assisted places, Means tested bursaries, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Clergy/Ministers, Academic, All-rounder, Music

What we offer

  • Design technology
  • ICT
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Classics
  • Ancient Greek
  • French
  • Latin
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Fencing
  • Squash
  • Hockey
  • Rounders
  • Martial arts
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Rugby
  • Athletics
  • Touch rugby
  • Table tennis
  • Adventure training
  • Chess
  • Horticulture
  • Rainbows/Brownies/Guides
  • Young Enterprise
  • Horse riding and management
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Cycling
  • Ballet
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Shooting
  • Astronomy
  • Skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Corps of drums
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • After school club
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
Developing a life-long love of learning in a magical setting .

Orwell Park, established in 1867, is a co-educational prep school for day pupils and boarders from 2½ to 13. The outstanding beauty of the grounds and the historic 18th century buildings contribute to an inspiring experience which combines the legacy and the traditions of the past with the dynamism and energy of the present and future. Outstanding facilities include a working Victorian observatory, a walled garden with outdoor pool, a nine-hole golf course, floodlit sports facilities, a library in the mansion house, as well as a new, state of the art Pre-Prep facility, set in the shadow of the main building among woods full of opportunities for outdoor learning.

Boys and girls are given every opportunity to be the best they can be, both in and outside the classroom. High expectations, and learning strategies tailored to the individual child, lead to high levels of attainment. In 2016 Year 8 pupils were awarded 37 scholarships to senior schools in a range of disciplines: academic, sport, music, art and all-rounder. Pupils progress to a wide range of senior schools both local and national.

Whilst we value greatly the past, we also embrace technology and, as such, every child in Years 3-8 has their own ipad in order to enhance learning in the classroom and beyond. The ipads allow pupils to learn in a way that they are used to, fostering collaboration between pupils, whilst providing portability.
In addition to the traditional curricular subjects, Orwell Park pupils are involved in a comprehensive activity programme, including: orchestra and various ensembles, chess, community service, skiing, equestrianism, climbing on the bouldering wall, OPS Challenge (a two-year mini D of E course), camping and campfire fun in the school's woodlands, Art and DT clubs, Brownies and Blueys (boys' club), as well as numerous large scale theatrical productions.

Boarding is extremely popular at Orwell Park and takes the form of flexible boarding, weekly boarding and full boarding, which incorporates a comprehensive programme of weekend activities. Pupils choose to board, driven by a desire to enjoy the company of friends once the normal school day is over. Dormitories are bright, spacious and clean and a dedicated team of boarding staff and school matrons are totally committed to the health and welfare of the boys and girls in their care.
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