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Orwell Park School

Nacton, Ipswich, Suffolk, England IP10 0ER

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 2 - 13 Years Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)


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Word From The Head

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Adrian Brown

A very warm welcome to Orwell Park. I firmly believe that we are influenced by our surroundings and it is a privilege to live and work in one of the most beautiful settings, in Suffolk, for a school.

We want our pupils to develop a love of learning that they will carry with them throughout their lives and a broad and challenging academic curriculum is taught by high quality specialist staff, who are passionate about their subject. Outside the classroom, all pupils engage in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including the main sports, drama, art and music and from the Early Years onwards all are encouraged to gain confidence in public speaking.

There is an energy about the school which makes it a hugely exciting place to be. Many pupils take the opportunity to board, developing qualities such as tolerance, independence and leadership. All our pupils are encouraged to think creatively and independently and to take responsibility for their actions by respecting the rights and views of others.

Above all, there is a strong sense of community and family at Orwell Park, with excellent relationships between pupils and staff, who support and guide in good times and bad.

Orwell Park certainly prepares children for the next stage in their education, but more than this the boys and girls here display a quiet confidence and self-knowledge which enable a young person to go out into the wider world and make the most of it in terms of their contribution to others.

I am sure that you will look at the excellent ISI inspection report on the school’s website, but I hope that you will come and visit us in person, meet staff and pupils at work and get a sense of the excitement that we all share as a learning community.

Adrian Brown

Open Days, Visits & Events

07-10-2023 - Open Morning

What We Offer

  • Common Entrance
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ancient Greek
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Astronomy
  • Ballet
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Horticulture
  • Public Speaking
  • Rainbows
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Entry test or exam
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Trial day at school
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Music
  • Financial Assistance
  • All-rounder
  • Assisted Places
  • Church of England
  • Inter-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range2 to 13
    Annual Day Fees *£9417 to £21117
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£25515 to £27333
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£26007 to £31011
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    16Full Boarding10
    69Weekly Boarding47
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 42
    Part-time: 10

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Good Schools Guide

    In a spectacular setting overlooking the River Orwell, it is difficult to picture more idyllic surroundings to grow and learn in. Top notch academics and so much more besides.  

    Independent School Inspectorate

    A vibrant sense of community exists among pupils… with all boarders stating in response to the pre-inspection questionnaire that they enjoy boarding.  

    Parent Survey

    We absolutely, utterly and entirely love OPS. We wish the school were not a prep school but went on, and on, and on, and no-one ever had to leave before the age of 18. My son will be hugely sad to move next summer and will remember his time here with complete fondness. The Headmaster, his wife,...