Saturday, 29 February 2020

Bringing out the best in each pupil

SHIPLAKE College is a thriving boarding and day school for boys aged 11 to 18, with

SHIPLAKE College is a thriving boarding and day school for boys aged 11 to 18, with girls joining in the sixth form.

In September 2015, it welcomed a record 455 pupils to the school, an increase of 400 on the previous year.

Overlooking the River Thames, two miles upstream from the famous Henley Royal Regatta stretch, students enjoy an inspirational, 45-acre rural site.

Full, weekly and flexi-boarding is available from year 7.

Shiplake provides a friendly, supportive and structured environment to bring out the best in each and every pupil.

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 we offer them.

We provide an education that is tailored to the individual and we do this through engaging and inspirational teaching, delivered in small classes where our teachers can know and understand each pupil’s method of learning. With a greater focus on academic rigour in recent years, it is no surprise that the college continues to achieve a year-on-year improvement in examination results, with pupils securing places at a variety of leading institutions, including Oxbridge, Russell Group and Ivy League universities.

In addition to a strong academic foundation, the college offers excellent sporting, artistic and co-curricular opportunities.

Two afternoons are reserved for an array of clubs and activities, including a comprehensive outdoor education programme which encourages pupils to expand their horizons and experience new challenges and responsibilities.

A new art, music and contemporary “Thinking Space”, complete with lecture theatre and recording studio, offers pupils state-of-the-art facilities.

Academic lessons take place within the five-day working week and each day ends with an hour of academic support during which pupils undertake independent study or seek help with homework from teachers.

Sports training takes place on three afternoons a week, with the majority of fixtures scheduled for Saturday mornings. Full boarders take part in a vibrant weekend programme of trips and activities on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, with day pupils and weekly boarders able to enjoy additional family and downtime at home.

A full Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection in 2015 judged Shiplake as “excellent” — the highest accolade — across all nine inspection categories. Commendation of this magnitude is rare in education, placing Shiplake among the leading schools in the country.

Prospective families are encouraged to arrange an individual visit or attend an open morning. Please visit to book your attendance, download a registration form or request our prospectus, as well as explore the whole site, which contains a wealth of information relating to all aspects of life at Shiplake.

Academic, art, music, drama and sport scholarships as well as means-tested bursaries are available. Please contact the registrar for more details.

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