Felixstowe International College


Name Felixstowe International College
Website http://ficedu.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 May 2019
Address Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7RE
Phone Number 01394282388
Type Independent
Age Range 9-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 18 (61% boys 39% girls)
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Felixstowe International College is registered with the Department for Education (DfE) as a day and boarding school with a Christian ethos. The school is registered for 32 pupils and 48 boarders between nine and 19 years. There are currently 19 pupils, all of whom are boarders. The school is currently operating entirely from the boarding school site. All pupils are now taught in the boarding house in Maybush Lane, Felixstowe. The principal informed the DfE of this new arrangement by email on 8 October 2018. At this stage, the proposed time for returning to the Garrison Lane site remains unclear. Most pupils are from Korea and a few are from China and Thailand. All of them speak English as an additional language and are at different stages of learning English. No pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). No pupils are eligible for free school meals. The previous principal resigned in February 2019. An interim principal led the school until the new principal took up her post in March 2019. The school does not make use of any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The proprietor and the school’s leaders have successfully addressed the weaknesses identified at the previous inspection. The school now provides a good quality of education. The advisory board has contributed well to improvements in the school. However, too much work falls on the same few members. On occasion, this impacts negatively on the board’s ability to hold leaders to account. Improvements to teaching over time across a range of subjects have ensured that pupils make good progress. Systems to assess pupils’ progress are now established. Teachers use these effectively to plan for learning. Pupils have positive attitudes when in lessons. A few do not always complete their homework tasks and a minority arrive late to their lessons. Pupils’ attendance is high. They enjoy coming to school and are proud of their achievements. They are well looked after and say they feel safe. The curriculum has been reviewed so pupils now access a broad learning experience. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development well. Some younger pupils’ cultural understanding is underdeveloped. The school provides pupils with a wide range of clubs and additional activities and they enjoy these. Parents, carers, staff and pupils who responded to Ofsted’s surveys have positive views about the school. The sixth form is good. Students achieve well. In 2018, the school was placed first for Advanced Level performance in Suffolk. Leaders have started to find other schools to work with to enable pupils to practise their English. These links with other schools are not yet well developed. Leaders’ efforts to improve the school have ensured that the independent school standards are now fully met. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.