A RECORD 410 pupils have begun the new academic year at Shiplake College, including 150 boys and girls in the sixth form.
Applications for the lower school, which takes day boys aged 11, was over-subscribed with more than two applicants for every place.
Headmaster Gregg Davies said: “Although there has been a national decline in boarding figures, we are pleased to have seen an increase in our numbers.
“A strong boarding contingent supports our ethos of providing excellent and individualised pastoral care and is at the heart of our extensive after school extracurricular commitment, including a full programme of sporting fixtures every Saturday.”
The college also has a number of new teachers. Science teacher Nick Sexton has returned to the profession after nine years with the police.
Maths teacher Peter Muhley was a member of the winning crew in the Wyfold Cup at last year’s Henley Royal Regatta and new director of studies Ian Munro was previously a director of rowing.
Sian Pearson, who joins the drama department, founded two street theatre companies while music teacher Chris Ham runs successful keyboard and samba bands. Alex Duncan will teach geography and Richard Ebbage will introduce psychology to the sixth form curriculum.
Johannes Swanepoel, the college’s new head of design and technology, competed at national level in rugby, athletics, tennis and modern duathlon in his native South Africa. Katherine Green, a stalwart of Henley Hockey Club, is the new director of marketing and external relations.
Other new staff include English teacher Duncan Miller.