Schools in Suffolk
There are 284 Local Authority (LA) maintained schools as well as 38 academies; these schools employ some 6,500 teachers.
The breakdown of those schools by age and phase is:
- School phase LA maintained Academy
Special school 53
Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) 13
There are also six Free Schools (five 11-16 high schools and one special school for pupils aged 8 – 18). Suffolk has around 20 independent schools.
As well as the numerous and diverse provision of schools, which provide a range of teaching opportunities, we can also offer a wide choice of living environments from small, picturesque villages, to large towns with excellent shopping, leisure and water sports facilities.
Suffolk runs along the northern boundary of Essex County and is situated in East Anglia. 4my schools have a number of teachers currently working in Essex and in particular Colchester and would be pleased to work in Ipswich schools and the surrounding towns. Suffolk is the 8th largest county in England. It boasts plenty of unspoilt and ancient villages combined with historic market towns providing a wealth of fabulous and famous heritage buildings.
Many of Suffolk’s meadows, heathlands and woodlands are nationally important wildlife reserves – making the county extremely popular with nature lovers. Suffolk has miles of stunning coast and open countryside and offers superb opportunities for walking, picnicking and other countryside recreation activities.
Travelling to Suffolk is easy as East Anglia is readily accessible by land, sea and air.
Suffolk has good connections with the national rail network. There are frequent direct trains from London to Ipswich, Stowmarket and Diss. The line from Ipswich to Lowestoft serves east Suffolk with stations at Halesworth, Darsham and Beccles. The start and finish of the Angles Way at Thetford and Great Yarmouth can be reached by train.
Suffolk Castles and Heritage
“Suffolk’s turbulent era of conflict and rebellion is evidenced by its many historic sites and castles. No visit would be complete without a trip to the stunning battlements at Framlingham and the central keep of the Norman castle at Orford, built to protect that part of the east coast. Visitors can explore and ponder what might have been in the ruins of Bungay, Wingfield and Eye Castles.
Suffolk’s historic halls and houses, dating from Elizabethan and Tudor times to the splendour of the Georgian period, help you to travel back in time. Specialist re-enactment groups and living history events bring the past to life. The Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow has been reconstructed on the original site and with the burial site of East Anglian Kings at Sutton Hoo, both provide a fascinating insight into Anglo-Saxon life.
With its abbeys, priories, guildhalls and churches, historic houses and romantic castle ruins, Suffolk is packed with treasures of the past.
Nature and Countryside
With the Broads National Park extending into the county and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Suffolk is a great place to view flora and fauna.
Rich heathland, inland river valleys and coastal landscapes on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast proves extremely popular with leisure walkers, cyclists and nature lovers.
To the South stretching across the Essex/Suffolk border, the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley have become synonymous with two of England’s most recognised landscape painters: Constable and Gainsborough.
Furthermore, the special landscape character of the Brecks area in the West of the county is gaining wider recognition for its heathland and forest areas.
There are a number of wildlife reserves throughout the county, which are extremely accessible and you are encouraged to explore further.