List of Independent Schools in Suffolk

There are a range of independent schools in Suffolk covering mixed schools, schools for boys and schools for girls.

Below you’ll find a list of those schools that we have included which have entry into year 7 (11 Plus entry).

Suffolk Independent Schools accepting entry into year seven

Culford School

Culford School is a mixed school.

Culford School- 678 pupils.

“Culford School is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 2¾ to 18 years. It exists to provide an education which is challenging, enriching and fun.”

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Ipswich High School

Ipswich High School is a mixed school that operates the diamond structure (from 2018).

Ipswich High School- 490 pupils.

“Ipswich High School is entering a new era, under the ownership of Ipswich Education Ltd. Set in stunning grounds in Woolverstone, Suffolk, the School is beginning its transition toward the Diamond Model of education. This trusted format is extremely successful for boys and girls – allowing teaching to be separated and collaborative at different points in a pupil’s academic journey. Ipswich High School’s Head Oona Carlin, its Senior Leadership Team, Governing Board, teaching body and owners are all very much looking forward to delivering this exciting phase.”

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Ipswich School

Ipswich School is a mixed school.

Ipswich School- 783 pupils.

“Ipswich School is a co-educational, 11-18 school with an outstanding reputation for its academic achievements, music, sport, art and drama. There is a strong commitment to pastoral care and an emphasis on developing pupils’ personal characteristics. The school’s excellent facilities include a boarding house near the main school site.”

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Royal Hospital School

Royal Hospital School is a mixed school.

Royal Hospital School- 744 pupils.

“Royal Hospital School is a co-educational full boarding & day school for 700 11/18 year olds set in 200 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. All pupils are encouraged intellectually, and have the opportunity to pursue a huge range of interests and activities to develop the important values of self-discipline, service and commitment that will last a lifetime.”

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St Joseph’s College

St Joseph’s College is a mixed school.

St Joseph’s College- 578 pupils.

“St Joseph’s College is a co-educational day and boarding school with a Christian ethos. Its 600 students, aged 3 – 18 years, occupy a beautiful 60-acre campus near the centre of Ipswich. St Joseph’s College produces confident, academically successful and compassionate young people who excel in many disciplines. The school is particularly known for the Creative & Performing Arts and for Sport. It incorporates an outstanding Prep School and a new, state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre.”

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Woodbridge School

Woodbridge School is a mixed school.

Woodbridge School- 594 pupils.

“Woodbridge School, comprising Queen’s House, The Abbey & Senior School is a thriving, forward-looking co-educational community for pupils aged 4 to 18, set in 60 acres of parkland in the historic town of Woodbridge. Academically first-rate, with an outstanding record in the Eastern Region for music and drama. Sport & chess are strengths with a very wide offering of extra-curricular activities.”

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Preparing for entry into an Independent School

We have developed a section on how to prepare for Independent school exams and how to prepare for Independent School interviews so do please feel free to use these resources if you would like to.

If you are thinking of trying for an Independent School scholarship or bursary then please see our information page on that topic.

Equally, many independent schools publish past papers and we have past papers and sample papers which are useful for preparation in all the core areas:

Free sample 11 Plus English practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Maths practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning practice and past papers