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Orwell Park School

Nacton, Ipswich, Suffolk, England IP10 0ER
Tel: +44 (0) 1473 659225

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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Guy Musson

A very warm welcome to Orwell Park.

We passionately believe in protecting the magic of childhood and are blessed to be able to offer our children the most stunning 110-acre site in which they can learn, laugh, explore, make mistakes and grow. Magnificent grounds, buildings and facilities are of great value, but we are more proud to be able to boast a talented and dedicated team of staff, who succeed in sparking joy, inspiration and aspiration – this is where the magic is truly brought to life.

Here at Orwell Park, we love cake! The foundational base layer of our cake is outstanding pastoral care. Our ‘just right’ size allows us to truly get to know what makes each child tick as an individual, whilst our small class sizes and superb boarding provision ensure that the Orwell Park community has a truly familial ‘home away from home’ feel. The next layer of sponge that this all underpins is our core business – first class teaching and learning and academic ambition for every child. We are incredibly proud of the fact that our Year 8 girls and boys head off to leading senior schools across the country, with an impressive average of around 25 each year earning Scholarships and Exhibitions.

Parents would come to expect these first two layers in any school, although I believe that the ingredients are especially rich and tasty here at Orwell. The icing on our cake is the extraordinary range of extra-curricular activities that are on offer – the staples of Music, Art, Drama, DT and Sport alongside our unique assault course, forest school and bushcraft, an observatory, sailing and trips to India and France – the list goes on. Our belief is that the icing should be as thick as the cake itself, as this is where the boys and girls develop their character, confidence and creativity. It is our job and our privilege to give children a wide range of platforms on which they can shine and develop their passions – the only thing we ask of them is to be kind and throw themselves into all that is on offer here at Orwell Park.

Milly and I would love to welcome you and show you a bit of the magic first hand, and hope that you choose to enjoy some cake with us!

Guy Musson

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
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Assisted Places
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Financial Assistance
  • Music
  • 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,...