There is a strong emphasis on pupils’ personal development at Ipswich School and few schools give it the priority that we do. This commitment to personal development is based on our firm belief that, while academic development and qualifications are vitally important, personal skills and attitudes (concentration, ambition, motivation, self confidence and so on) contribute towards academic success but also go far beyond this, underpinning all aspects of our lives – including, in adult life, our career success and our personal relationships.
While many aspects of Personal Development are allied with the everyday activities of the school, some are overtly planned with Personal Development in mind, for instance:
- The Year 8 Cumbria week and Year 10 leadership course in Buxton
- Aspects of Thursday activities such as the CCF, JSLA, Community Service and International Leadership Programme
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
- The training we give our Prefects and Peer Tutors
- The Personal, Social and Health Education programme
- Outdoor activities such as World Challenge
Our wide range of extra-curricular activities (described by ISI Inspectors as ‘outstanding’) also contributes greatly to our pupils’ personal fulfilment.
Ipswich School Personal Development Programme