Great places to educate your child in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 13:52 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:06 23 October 2020

Education in Suffolk

Education in Suffolk

Graham Oliver

There is a lot to consider when deciding on an educational facility. Here are some excellent places in Suffolk that might be the perfect fit for your child

+ South Lee School

Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BT | Facebook | Twitter

South Lee is a dynamic independent day school and nursery on Nowton Road in Bury St Edmunds for children aged 2-13 years. They provide a challenging, inspiring and individualised learning journey from toddler to teenager focusing on key values such as kindness, resilience and zest for life, in order to prepare pupils for senior school and beyond.

Children are fully supported by their caring, professional and motivated staff who provide each child with a broad and relevant education, setting high expectations and celebrating effort, curiosity and perseverance. A vibrant and busy school day extends beyond the classroom with their extensive sport, art, music and drama facilities encouraging pupils to develop into well-rounded individuals who are ready to thrive in and contribute to the wider community.

South Lee’s results speak for themselves; in the last 5 years every pupil has gained entry to their first-choice secondary school, and in 2018 amongst the 14 students in Year 8, 7 scholarships were awarded. They pride themselves on keeping class sizes small and providing a caring and nurturing approach with a family feel. Their Individual Development team looks after every individual to ensure that any specific needs are met, both for those experiencing learning difficulties and also gifted and talented pupils. This is all inclusive in their fees.

They offer scholarships at 8+ and 11+ in March for the following academic year. Do come and visit South Lee on Saturday 9th February 2019 between 10am-12 noon to experience what they do best and meet both staff and pupils.

For more details or to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Ronge the School Registrar on 01284 754654 or visit

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+ Culford School

Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6TX | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

There are few places quite like Culford. It is a school that places the individual at its heart, where teachers are committed to helping every child realise their potential and be the best they can be. Whether your child is one or 18 years old, Culford provides a high quality education and the dynamic support needed to open up opportunities for every pupil. It combines into a highly personalised learning programme that helps a child achieve their aspirations.

Culford is just as unique as its staff and pupils. A blend of the historic and the modern, the school is set in 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland with an 18th century mansion at its centre. It also boasts modern academic and sporting facilities that are the envy of schools and academies across the UK.

The school also provides an extended day programme to provide additional flexibility to busy parents through early drop off and late pick-ups. They can also offer full, part and flexible boarding options.

No matter a pupil’s interest or passion, Culford provides the foundation for them to flourish. Pupils have secured places at top-flight universities, competed at national and international golf championships and ranked amongst the top 10 junior tennis players in the UK. They see education as a transformational process that guides pupils toward academic success, provides clear moral values and develops their leadership qualities in readiness for the adult world.

To learn more, visit or contact Admissions on +44 (0)1284 385308 or

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+ Hartismere School and Sixth Form College

Castleton Way, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7BL. 01379 870315

Education has a very long history in Eye and the surrounding villages. The grammar school was founded in 1451 and there are indications of the presence of a school even before then.

Independent from the local authority, Hartismere charts its own course in the educational world, a course that reflects its independence and traditional academic and community values. Its motto, ‘discamus ut serviamus’, suggests our core values and ethos: the young people of Hartismere both ‘learn and serve’.

A huge range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities help to develop young people who are bright, engaged, and have a keen sense of responsibility for their community and wider world.

The sixth form offers a wide range of A level and Applied subjects: the students’ academic success in these allows them to progress to some of the country’s most prestigious universities, higher apprenticeships and careers. We welcome visitors to the school and sixth form college.

To apply to the sixth form, or arrange a visit, email Sixth Form open evening for 2019 entry is on Tuesday 22 January at 6.30pm.


+ Ipswich School

Prep school: 3 Ivry Street, Ipswich, IP1 3SG; senior school: Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 3QW

Ipswich School is proud of its outstanding facilities for co-curricular activities, including a dedicated music school and state-of-the-art sports pitches at Ipswich School Sports Centre, which are used by all pupils.

Ipswich Prep pupils benefit from a purpose built school with easy access to the specialist facilities of the Senior School.

Pupils achieve excellent results in their GCSE and A Level exams, but perhaps more importantly, Ipswich School prides itself on having a caring school community with an exemplary approach to pastoral care.

Ipswich School offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to assist families. There are late stay options available and buses run to the school from many parts of Suffolk and north Essex.

Visit the school’s website or follow the school on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to see more about the exciting opportunities for girls and boys.

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+ Littlegarth School

Horkesley Park, Nayland, Colchester, CO6 4JR | 01206 262332 | Facebook | Twitter

Littlegarth has always been proud of its warm and caring ethos where all the children are respected as individuals. Their academic record is outstanding and the School is also extremely successful at sport and a wide range of artistic activities including music and drama.

Their extensive new classroom facilities provide senior children with an extra dimension to their learning as the classrooms are sitatuted beside a large library incorporating a class computer suite. This provides excellent preparation for entry into a wide range of selective secondary schools.

Early years children are guided by dedicated, well qualified staff and the new Reception classrooms which are situated beside the Nursery serve to ensure a smooth transition into Littlegarth.

Their excellent pastoral provision serves to ensure each child feels safe and cared for.

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+ Orwell Park School

Nacton, Ipswich, IP10 0ER | 01473 659225 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Set in more than 100 acres of parkland overlooking the River Orwell in Suffolk, Orwell Park provides a broad and balanced education for boys and girls, boarders and day pupils, between the ages of 2 ½ and 13.

A modern, caring and flexible approach to boarding sets Orwell Park apart as a forward-thinking school, which continues to instil traditional values such as commitment, compassion and courtesy in its pupils.

Academically, Orwell Park prides itself on successfully preparing children for entry to senior school at 13.

In 2018, 34 scholarships were awarded to their leaving group of pupils: for academic excellence or for music, art, sport, design and technology – all to a wide range of senior independent schools.

At the beginning of the School, the state of the art Pre-Prep, in a beautiful woodland setting, makes full use of the world around us both in and out of the classroom.

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+ West Suffolk College

Out Risbygate, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 3RL | 01284 701301 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

West Suffolk College is your one stop shop for all your educational needs, they offer courses for young people to study after their GCSEs through the College or A levels through Abbeygate Sixth Form College.

They also offer HE Access and Degree courses with University Studies at West Suffolk College and their Adult & Community provision for learning for fun or qualifications such as maths and English courses, they have everything for you right here in Bury St Edmunds.

For the past 3 years, West Suffolk College achievement rates have been consistently rated in the top 5% nationally. This year they have also secured a spectacular third place in FE Week’s exclusive league table for colleges 2018.

A dramatic jump of 17 places in two years and means they are officially the third best college in the country on all levels!

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