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Shiplake College

Shiplake College

Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4BW, Oxfordshire

+44 (0)1189 402455



Shiplake College
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1959
Headmaster Mr T G Howe
Date Appointed 2019
Co-ed Age Range 11-18 years
Number of pupils 526
Number of boys 439
Number of girls 87
Number of boarders 158
Number of sixth formers 197
Day fees per annum £22,200 - £29,230 per annum
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £39,600 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £43,995 per annum
Flexi Boarding (2 nights per week) £34,560 per annum
Average Class Size 16
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Associations BSA, HMC, SofH, ISC, ISBA, AGBIS

Shiplake College is a thriving co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11-18. In September 2023 the College welcomed girls into Year 7, making up 44% of the year group, as it becomes fully co-educational, an environment already well-established in the Sixth Form. Overlooking the River Thames, two miles upstream of the famous Henley Royal Regatta stretch, students enjoy an inspirational 45-acre rural site. Flexi, weekly and full boarding is available from Year 9 (age 13).

Every pupil is placed at the heart of Shiplake life and the College's ethos is underpinned by the three Is – Inclusive, Individual and Inspirational. All pupils are valued regardless of academic prowess, artistic flair or sporting ability, with opportunities for all to join in and try new things.

Shiplake provides a friendly, supportive and structured environment to bring out the best in each and every pupil and aims to equip them with the skills they need to enter the next stage of their lives as confident, personable and talented young adults. Academically ambitious and renowned for outstanding pastoral care and personal development, the College welcomes pupils with wide-ranging skills and talents, who will make the most of the many opportunities offered to them.

Every pupil becomes well-known to their House's pastoral team, especially the Housemaster, personal tutor and matron. Each pupil's best method of learning is identified and catered for by their teachers, with high-achieving pupils continually stretched while those requiring additional support can access it in a variety of ways. There is a wide range of A Level and BTEC subjects available, with all Sixth Formers also undertaking either a EPQ or CoPE.

Interpersonal skills, confidence and talents are also discovered outside the classroom. Two afternoons are reserved for an array of clubs and activities, including a comprehensive outdoor education programme, with pupils encouraged to extend their horizons and experience new challenges and responsibilities. Sports training takes place on three afternoons a week, with the majority of fixtures on Saturday mornings.

The College recruits highly motivated teaching staff with an ability and passion to inspire future generations and we ensure pupils have the best possible learning resources and facilities at their disposal. The environment we provide encourages pupils to take inspiration from their teachers, their surroundings, and each other.

The Sixth Form Centre includes a café where Year 12 and 13 girls and boys can socialise and work independently. The Davies Centre, opened in 2020, includes storage for rowing boats and other watersports, mountain biking and outdoor education, CCF and DofE equipment, and incorporates an indoor archery/rifle range, a climbing wall, weights room and an ergo room, which transforms into a function room with a balcony overlooking the river.

Academic, Art, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships, and means-tested bursaries, are available. The College is also offering one 100% All-Rounder scholarship to a boy or girl currently at a state-maintained primary school who would be looking to join Year 7 each September, who would not be able to attend Shiplake without substantial financial support.

Entry points are normally at Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) and Year 12 (16+). Prospective families are encouraged to arrange an individual visit or attend an open morning, which take place in the Autumn Term and March each year. Please go to www.shiplake.org.uk to book your attendance, complete a registration form and explore the whole site, which includes details of admissions processes, fees, bus routes and answers to most academic, co-curricular and pastoral questions that prospective parents may have.