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Copleston High School

We are very proud to have a number of successful sports academies as part of our Sixth Form. Students who wish to combine a high quality academic experience with the opportunity to develop their talents in sport will be well catered for at Copleston. Our two academies – basketball and dance – are all run by specialist coaches and have had success in sporting tournaments, both at a regional and national level.

As a member of Copleston Sports Academy and Sixth Form you will benefit from:

  • Individual academic programmes which allow each student to maximise their potential.
  • Academic and pastoral support from a wide range of staff.
  • Each year group has a Head of Year who oversees the daily care, guidance and support of students.
  • Outstanding purpose built study facilities that provide students with the environment to achieve their academic potential.
  • Specialist advice and guidance about university and career paths that is readily available throughout your time at Sixth Form.
  • Weekly high level coaching in your chosen sport
  • High level competitive fixtures
  • High quality playing and training kit
  • Access to a professional strength and conditioning coach, who will work with you to design a programme tailored to your individual requirements
  • Free access to a professional sports physiotherapist when required
  • Free membership of the schools comprehensive fitness suite

The Sports


The Ipswich  Basketball Academy has been recognised by England Basketball as one of the top Academies in the East Region and one of only 12 institutions in the country delivering the AASE programme. Led by international coach Nick Drane students in the Academy will receive up to 14 hours of coaching alongside their academic studies.

APPLYING to join our basketball academy

Ipswich Basketball Academy, based at Copleston Sixth Form, is an elite academy ranked in the top three in the UK. Given its status as an elite academy, students who wish to apply to join the basketball academy must be accepted by both the Sixth Form and the Basketball Academy in separate applications. This application will result in prospective elite athletes being invited into Copleston for a workout and formal visit.

In order to apply for Ipswich Basketball Academy (EABL and WEABL competition), please use the following Application Form: in addition to the standard Copleston Sixth Form application, which can be found on the right hand side of this page.


Led by Michelle Steward the Copleston Dance Academy provides the opportunity for talented Dancers to combine their academic studies with a high class training programme. For any dancer we believe this is an amazing opportunity for you continue to challenge and develop yourself as a performer. It will run alongside your studies and enhance any dance training you may be involved in out of school hours.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Sports Academies, please contact the Sixth Form Team

tel: 01473 277240 (Ext: 771)