Media-rich on-screen exams. Meet us at the Bett Show, 22-25 January, Stand NB44, and learn more. Blue plaque honours legacy of school’s first head

blue plaque has been unveiled for Miss Youngman at the first site of the school – the former Assembly Rooms in Northgate Street, Ipswich, which is now the EasyHotel. The plaque unveiling ceremony on Wednesday

was organised by Ipswich Women’s Festival Group in partnership with the Ipswich Society. Miss Youngman’s plaque is now one of eight for remarkable women in the town. Oona Carlin, Head of School at Ipswich High

School, said: “Our school was founded in 1878 out of a strong passion for women’s education, and for 21 years Sophie Youngman led and developed the school. “She challenged local prejudice about

The first-ever headmistress of a leading independent school has been honoured with a prestigious accolade. Sophie Youngman was at the helm of Ipswich

High School for Girls, now known as Ipswich High School in Woolverstone, when it opened in 1878 with just 43 pupils. Now, in recognition of her achievements, a

education when opinions did not favour higher education for girls. “Her leadership helped many girls access

affordable education and gave them the opportunity to sit exams. It meant many pupils could go on to university and achieve professional qualifications. “Her inspirational work is still celebrated today

NSPCC Number Day Money collected so far has been used to

protect children through services such as Childline and “Speak out. Stay Safe”, a programme which helps children understand the signs of abuse and neglect and who to talk to if they are worried. On Friday 7 February schools can take part in

Schools across the UK are being encouraged to take part in a maths-inspired fundraising day in aid of the NSPCC. Since it launched 20 years ago, 3,500 schools

have taken part in fun activities for ‘Number Day’ and raised nearly £2 million in the process for the NSPCC.

a range of curriculum-based activities, all free and provided by the charity, to liven up their lessons including ‘Who wants to be a Mathionaire’, ‘Number Hunt’ or ‘Wish Upon a Star’. Karen Walker, Schools Service Manager, said:

“Number Day is a fantastic way to engage children with numbers and make maths more meaningful, all whilst raising money for the NSPCC.

uSchools can sign up at

IB results day: students celebrate globally

At the beginning of January more than 18,700 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) students around the world received their results from the November 2019 examination session. In 2019, the November DP and CP cohort grew

by 3.9% and more than 86,000 examination papers were processed in 14 languages. 2,545 examiners across the world worked collaboratively to establish an international standard to which grades were awarded for each subject. Dr Siva Kumari, Director General of the IB, said:

“I warmly congratulate all DP and CP graduates. I know that your hard work and commitment will be rewarded – both in the immediate term, with the highly-deserved award of your diplomas, and in the future, with enhanced prospects for your further education, your careers, and your lives as a whole.

“You have been taught valuable skills for your

future in the fourth industrial revolution, in which you will face wholly new contexts and challenges. “Research suggests that an IB education

provides skills that both universities and employers value, with independent, critical thinking and the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively. I am confident that you’ve been exceptionally well prepared to make the most of new opportunities, and I wish you all the best in whichever direction you choose to follow. “I would also like to thank all the IB educators

– teachers, heads, coordinators – and all those in our great and growing community, including parents, who help to shape succeeding generations of IB students with their drive and passion, enriching lives and making the world a better place through education.” This year saw the IB eliminate its candidate registration fee ($172) to give more students the


opportunity to access an IB education. As a responsible not-for- profit, the IB continues to seek out cost-efficiencies that can lower costs and open the door for more students to engage with the breadth of its world-class programmes. Paula Wilcock, IB Chief Assessment Officer,

said: “Congratulations to the students receiving their results. We know that the past two years of study have prepared you to move into further education or employment and wish you every success on your journey in a highly connected, digital world. Thank you to our network of over 10,000 examiners who ensure that we are able to deliver valid and fair results year after year.” January 2020 “Number Day has raised an incredible

amount of money over the past 19 years and we are so grateful to all the schools that have got involved. I hope even more schools will join us this year to celebrate 20 years of Number Day and help protect children.”

as we award the Sophie Youngman Prize for scholarly work every year. “We are very proud of the heritage that the

school has developed from.” Miss Youngman retired in 1899 having

dedicated 21 years of service to the school. She died in 1907. Agnes Hallander, from Ipswich Women’s

Festival Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to unveil a blue plaque to Sophie Youngman. “Blue plaques celebrate the role of women

throughout history and their link to the buildings in which they either lived or worked.” Former Ipswich High School for Girls student

Joanna Temple, who was a Sophie Youngman award winner, said: “The school’s motto is ‘Knowledge is now no more a fountain sealed’. “It shows perfectly how the school was

founded on that principle. Each generation has had more opportunities I believe, and I hope that carries on.”


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