Ipswich High School, formerly an all girls’ school, introduced boys in September as part of a plan to take the school in an entirely new direction. Now, it is set to purchase its first boarding house to welcome boarding pupils at the end of the summer.
Head Oona Carlin, said: “The purchase of our new boarding house comes at an exciting time for us here at Ipswich High School. We have been thrilled at the response we have had from staff, pupils and parents to becoming a co-educational school which operates under the Diamond Model. We expect the school to continue to grow and thrive when we welcome boarding students as of next September.”
The school is buying the Grade II-listed Dairy House which is situated on the edge of the school campus near the St Michael Parish Church to house UK and international students.
The purchase of our new boarding house comes at an exciting time for us here at Ipswich High School
The school will work with architects and a school design company to renovate the property, including its outbuildings and barns, to initially house 16 pupils with additional living space for staff.
There will be single rooms and twin rooms available and, following a second phase of development, the Dairy will house up to 55 pupils.
Planning for this project is currently underway and renovations to the property are due to begin as soon as the sale has been completed.
The completion of the sale is due in mid-December 2018.