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Shiplake College

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Shiplake College is an independent boarding and day school for boys aged 11-18 and girls aged 16-18. The College lies on the banks of the Thames in a beautiful 45-acre site. The College is very much part of the Shiplake village community. Gregg Davies, a member of the Shiplake Parish Council and the Shiplake College Headmaster, will provide a regular update on news from the College, its staff and pupils.

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Shiplake College Proposal for 6 Sports Pitches along Memorial Avenue


Shiplake College is holding an open ‘drop-in’ evening tomorrow,Wednesday 21st June, at Shiplake Memorial Hall. Any local residents are welcome to pop in to chat with governors and senior members of staff about a planning application being proposed for six sports pitches along Memorial Avenue. Please do come along any time between 6.00pm and 8.00pm; refreshments will be available. Click here for more information on the proposals.

(Please note the parish council does not express any views on planning applications until an application is raised and been considered by the council's Planning Working Group)

Article created / last edited: 20 June 2017

Shiplake College Diary - March 2017


There is no doubt that Shiplake has had a fantastic spring term; many moments are standing out as highlights. On the sports fields, on the river, in the classroom and on the stage, the pupils have worked tirelessly to make this as a very successful term. The 1st rugby VII team took part in a number of competitions, winning the Society of Heads’ Sevens against large rowing schools such as Reed’s. The 1st VIII crew also impressed, gaining a historic victory in the Schools’ Head of the River, against prestigious rowing schools such as Eton and Westminster. This was the first time that Shiplake have won the Schools’ Head, and it shows just how strong a crew we have. A new eight boat was named in my honour, and I was utterly humbled when it was this boat that the crew rowed to victory.

Shiplake’s talented musicians have recently played in the annual Spring Concert, as well as a Soloists’ Concert and an informal BTEC Gig evening. It is testament to the hard work that they put in that each concert, with varied content, was absolutely fantastic. 18 pupils have been appointed as prefects for the 2017-2018 academic year, when they will assume their duties.

And finally, it is with a very heavy heart that I announce the departure of much-loved staff members Bursar Neil Walne, and Digital Librarian Claire Knight. Neil has been at the College for over 11 years now, and he has been not only a significant help in leading the College from strength to strength, but also a great friend to me, and a voice of logic and reason. Neil leaves us for a new challenge as Bursar of Pangbourne College. Claire leaves after three years being in charge of the Thinking Space, during which time she has made the innovative space the heart of the College. Many pupils use the space for classes and private study, and make full use of the digital resources that are available to them. Claire leaves to join Reading Blue Coat as Head Librarian, and we wish them all the very best in their new adventures.

Article created / last edited: 16 April 2017

Shiplake College Diary - January 2017


The last month, from the start of term after the Christmas holidays to this half term, have absolutely flown by. Sir William McAlpine has stepped down as a Governor from the board after a significant 27 years in the post. The Drama Department has been busy with the Junior Production of The Jungle Book, and much-loved members of staff have left the Shiplake College community.

We said goodbye to Head of Physics Mr Luke Cottrell, and School Accountant Mrs Kim Burrell. Luke leaves after five and a half years in his position, to pursue a career in management. Luke, a stalwart of the Science Department, has also been actively involved with the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, and his absence will be felt keenly by pupils. Kim leaves after 11 years in her role. She has had a significant impact in the smooth running of the school’s finances, and leaves for a slower pace of life on the South coast of England.

The sporting community have been as busy as ever; rowing crews impressed at Wycliffe head winning four events and coming second in four more – a promising start to the year as we head towards regatta season. The rugby 7s event which took place at Shiplake was a resounding success, with 16 schools from across the country travelling to take part.

We are now looking to raise money for the budding athletes of Shiplake to attend sports tours, providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel and train, playing fixtures against a variety of different schools and teams, as well as learning new cultures. A star-studded Sports Tour Fundraising Dinner is taking place on Saturday 4 March; we will be joined by famous athletes Zinzan Brooke, Andy Goode, Crista Cullen and Alex Gregory. All members of the local community are warmly invited to join us for this event; a sumptuous three course meal will be served, and guests will enjoy entertainment from The Voice’s Jamie Bruce and his band, as well as a silent auction held by Cash in the Attic extraordinaire Jonty Hearnden. Tickets are available by visiting www.shiplake.org.uk/sportsdinner

Article created / last edited: 17 February 2017