Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Year sevens enjoy extensive opportunities

Year sevens enjoy extensive opportunities

YEAR seven boys at Shiplake College form a vibrant and energetic part of the school community.

The variety of opportunities for pupils in year seven at Shiplake is extensive.

Pupils enjoy small classes — a maximum of 16 pupils — enabling teachers to tailor subjects to individual learning styles.

The year sevens join the lower school — this provides the ideal stepping stone to starting secondary school, allowing pupils to become acquainted with their surroundings and new timetables before joining the other year groups in the five school houses. Each pupil is well cared for and the house is a welcoming place to return home during the school day.

This inclusive atmosphere extends to boarding. In September 2016, weekly and full boarding was introduced for year seven. Many of the boys also make use of flexi-boarding and overnight stays, which are available.

Alongside their own lower school houses for sports teams and events, an emphasis is placed on the arts.

Each pupil in year seven takes up a musical instrument, regardless of previous experience. The lower school choir and orchestra perform at music concerts, and all pupils are encouraged to play.

The arts carousel, held during the school day, offers pupils the chance to get involved with art, drama and music.

There is allocated time to complete prep in-house, so pupils receive the support and attention needed as they progress into secondary school.

All pupils have dinner before they head home at the end of the school day, which means that precious evening time is free to spend with family.


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