Announcements | 19th March 2020

Closure from 23rd March 2020

In line with government direction, we intend for our school to be open from Monday to:

  • children of key workers (defined broadly but e.g. health workers, the police service and fire service, those who are involved in food supply and other basic services – please talk to us if you are not sure; we are expecting the government to give greater clarification on this later today), if parents/carers wish the child to attend school
  • vulnerable children (defined broadly but e.g. pupils who have an education, health and care plan or who have an allocated social worker – please talk to us if you are not sure), if parents/carers wish the child to attend school

So that we can plan, I would be very grateful if you would let us know by 3pm TODAY if you believe your child/ren may be eligible to attend and you wish your child/ren to do so. We will also be making phone calls and talking to parents/carers – so apologies in advance if you get asked the same question more than once.

Once we have a sense of the number of pupils who will be attending on Monday and beyond, we will share more information on arrangements. 

If children show symptoms of coronavirus (a new, continuous cough or a temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher, they will not be able to attend school and must stay at home for 14 days.

We have made preparations to ensure that learning can go on in the coming weeks – physical and digital materials will be shared with pupils in the coming days and arrangements will be made for materials to be collected/distributed to pupils who are already absent.  

Thank you for your support in these challenging circumstances.

Announcements | 18th March 2020

Important information on closure

Following the government’s announcement this evening that all English schools are to close from Friday 20th March onwards, Ipswich Academy will be closed to students from Monday 23rd March onwards.  

Arrangements are being made to provide free school meals to those students who are eligible, and to open for students who are vulnerable and students of key workers, as defined by government. We will communicate these arrangements as soon as we can.

I will provide you with further information as soon as I can.

Due to staff absences, I am sorry to inform you that from tomorrow, 19th March, the school will be closed to some pupils.

Pupils in years 7 and 11 must attend school as normal, unless they are unwell or self-isolating, in line with government guidance. Normal lunch arrangements will apply.

Pupils in years 8, 9 and 10 should not attend school. If your child is entitled to a free school meal, please contact reception or email info@ipswichacademy.org.uk to let us know whether you wish to collect a packed lunch. We will confirm arrangements for this with you.

If, however, you have a child in years 8 to 10, you need to go to work and you have no alternative, suitable childcare, please do send your child into school, as normal unless they are showing symptoms or are self-isolating. For those children, we will provide childcare – we will keep them safe and entertained and will provide as many learning opportunities as possible. Normal lunch arrangements will apply for those children. If you know you will be sending your child in because you have no alternative, suitable childcare and need to go to work, we would really appreciate it if you would please contact reception or email us to let us know in advance – so that we can make plans.

For children in years 8 to 10 who are not in school, their absence will be ‘authorised’ by the school – we will not take any enforcement action (i.e. fines or court proceedings) in relation to the days when the school is closed to those pupils.

We will be releasing some online work in the next couple of days for students so that they can work from home.  In the meantime, they should work on their knowledge organisers. We have hard copies of knowledge organisers which students can pick up from school or they can be accessed from the school website.

We are in the process of confirming arrangements to provide support to families whose children are eligible for free school meals, in the event of a prolonged closure – we will confirm these plans as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your support in these challenging times.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Winn
Principal

Announcements | 13th February 2020

Year 11 consultation evening

Appointments are available for you to meet with yoru child’s teachers on Thursday 12th March, 4:30 to 7:30pm. On arrival, you will be given your child’s Spring mock results. A timetable for half term intervention, which we would encourage students to attend in preparation for their summer examinations, is attached here.

You are able to book five minute appointment slots for each subject teacher using our electronic booking system. This is accessed from here:

https://parents-booking.co.uk/ipswichacademy

Appointments with each teacher will last for five minutes. In order to login to the system, you will need the following information relating to your child , as held in our database:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Register class

You will also need to enter the details we have on record for you. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record. The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem.

If you do not have access to the Internet, or experience any problems with using the system, please contact the school and ask to speak with Linda Winstone.

Subject teachers will meet with you and your child on an individual basis to provide clear feedback on your child’s learning. You will also have an opportunity to review your child’s exercise books. As appointments are limited, if you are unable to see all of your child’s teachers then please contact the school via our email address to book a separate appointment at another time.

Your child is required to attend, with yourselves.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Announcements | 24th January 2020

Year 9 Consultation Evening

Appointments are available for you to meet with your child’s teachers on Thursday 13th February, 4:30 to 7:30pm.

You are able to book five minute appointment slots for each subject teacher using our electronic booking system. This is accessed here:

https://parents-booking.co.uk/ipswichacademy

Appointments with each teacher will last for five minutes. In order to login to the system, you will need the following information relating to your child as held in our database:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Register class

You will also need to enter the details we have on record for you. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record. The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem.

If you do not have access to the Internet, or experience any problems with using the system, please contact the school and ask to speak with Linda Winstone.

Some subjects may not be available or may be fully booked on the evening, if you would like to discuss your child’s progress in subjects not available please contact the school and we will arrange for the member of staff to call you.

We would like to invite you on the evening to fill out an Ofsted Parent View questionnaire to give your views on the school, this will be available on the night in the Senior Year Study Zone and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Subject teachers will meet with you and your child on an individual basis to provide clear feedback on your child’s learning. You will also have an opportunity to review your child’s exercise books. As appointments are limited, if you are unable to see all of your child’s teachers then please contact the school via our email address to book a separate appointment at another time.

Following on from the consultation evening, on Thursday 30th April you will be invited to ‘Options Evening’. During the evening you will be able to visit each subject area to help your child decide which subjects they wish to take forward to GCSE.

Your child is required to attend, with yourselves.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Announcements, News | 8th January 2020

BBC Radio Suffolk interviews our new Principal

BBC Radio Suffolk had the opportunity to speak to our new Principal yesterday. Follow the link below and skip to 01:21:00 to hear the full piece. (Please note you may need to create a BBC account to access the media).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07xz2b8

Announcements, Press Releases | 22nd August 2019

Best ever GCSE results at Ipswich Academy

Results for students achieving between a grade 9 and 4 in English and Maths is 56%, up 12% on 2018. 19 students achieved the top grade 9 across a host of subjects including English, maths, languages, art and science.

Helen Winn, Principal at Ipswich Academy says:

“Ipswich Academy is incredibly proud of its year 11 students today. We have never had better results in the history of the school and it rounds off what has been an absolutely brilliant year for Ipswich Academy. All our staff work exceptionally hard to narrow the gap for disadvantaged children and these results are evidence that it’s paying off.”

Ipswich Academy achieved an Ofsted Good rating this year with Outstanding for leadership and management for the first time, making it one of the best in town.

The Ofsted report recognised that Helen and the other leaders in the school had ‘transformed the culture of the school’ and were ‘building strong and effective partnerships with the community’ ensuring pupils and their families have the best possible experience at Ipswich Academy, an achievement that has led to the school being oversubscribed for places in September 2019.

Announcements, Press Releases | 29th July 2019

New Ipswich Star article about our principal, Helen Winn

Meet the principal of one of Ipswich’s biggest schools

Announcements, Press Releases | 26th July 2019

Ipswich Academy featured in Ipswich Star

There was great coverage of our academy and Helen Winn the Ipswich Star. You can read the article here.

Announcements, Press Releases | 11th July 2019

Ipswich Academy Principal hailed as Educational Leader of the Year at Suffolk County Council Raising the Bar Awards

Paradigm Trust is pleased to announce Helen Winn, Principal of Ipswich Academy, has won the Educational Leader and Setting of the Year Award at this year’s Suffolk County Council Raising the Bar Awards. 

Helen was nominated for her unrivalled contribution to teaching and learning confirmed by achieving an Ofsted Good rating this year with Outstanding for leadership and management for the first time in the school’s history, making it one of the best in town.  

The report recognised that Helen and the other leaders in the school had ‘transformed the culture of the school’ and were ‘building strong and effective partnerships with the community’ ensuring pupils and their families have the best possible experience at Ipswich Academy, an achievement that has led to the school being oversubscribed for September 2019.

Helen Winn said: “I am thrilled to have won this award and want to pass on the credit to my amazing team and community, including the pupils, staff, parents and directors who have worked so incredibly hard to get us here.” 

Raising the Bar was set up by Suffolk County Council with the aim of improving levels of educational attainment across the county, and ensuring every child in Suffolk can achieve their full potential. The awards are designed to share best practice and highlight excellence across the education sector, rewarding those who have made an outstanding contribution to the furthering of this goal.

The winners were announced at a special celebration event in Ipswich’s Wherstead Park.

Announcements | 1st May 2019

Vacancies for teaching staff

Paradigm Trust is seeking applications from suitable qualified candidates for the following roles:

  • Art Teacher (Ipswich Academy)
  • PE Teacher ( Ipswich Academy and Piper’s Vale)
  • Lead Teacher/s (Ipswich Academy)

Full details of these roles can be viewed on our careers page:
Current Vacancies

Last updated May 1, 2019