Shiplake College

About Shiplake College

Shiplake College

Shiplake College is a thriving boarding and day school for boys aged 11-18, with girls joining in the Sixth Form. Shiplake continues to see a rising number of pupils attending Sixth Form. Overlooking the River Thames, two miles upstream of the famous Henley Royal Regatta stretch, students enjoy an inspirational 45-acre rural site.

The College provides a friendly, supportive and structured environment to bring out the best in each and every pupil and equip them with the skills they need to enter the next stage of their lives as confident, personable and talented young adults. 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.

Shiplake College provides an education that is tailored to the individual and they do this through engaging and inspirational teaching, delivered in small classes where 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. Academic lessons take place within the five-day working week, with the majority of fixtures on Saturday mornings.

Afternoons are reserved for an array of sports, clubs and activities, with pupils encouraged to extend their horizons and experience new challenges and responsibilities.

Boarding at Shiplake College

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

Boarders quickly come to regard their House as a home away from home and boarding enables them to develop key skills, including independence, self-reliance and getting on with others, which will stand them in good stead later in life.


Type of School Boys only 11 to 16 years, co-educational 16 to 18 years
School Address Shiplake College, A4155, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 4BW
Number of Pupils 512
Number of Boarders 176
International Boarders 21
Age Range 11 to 18
Religious Tradition Church of England but all denominations are welcome.
Distance from Airports

London Heathrow – 26 miles (35 minutes); London Gatwick – 60 miles (1 hour 15 minutes)

Distance from London

City Centre – 40 miles

Educational Programmes

We aim to admit a well-balanced intake of pupils with a variety of skills and talents. Pupils are selected on his or her potential and the value we can add to their education. At age 16 pupils sit a programme of GCSEs and iGCSEs. In the Sixth Form pupils choose from a wide range of A Level and BTEC subjects, as well as take part in a bespoke PULSE (Personal Understand, Learning Skills and Enrichment) programme which includes completing the EPQ or CoPE.

Co-Curricular Programmes

Two afternoons are dedicated to a Co-Curricular programme where pupils choose from a wide range of activities including music, drama, art, ballroom dancing, cookery, debating, Japanese and outdoor education. The College has a thriving Combined Cadet Force with Air Force, Army and Navy sections. Pupils take part in community service activities and the school has links to a Kenyan School for which fundraising activities are regularly undertaken. The College also runs a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme with a number of pupils each year collecting Gold Awards.

Sport is an integral part of life at Shiplake College. The College has an excellent sporting reputation and most pupils take part in a sporting activity every day. For a small school, Shiplake has a remarkable number of crews and teams taking part in events and competitions with national success. Almost all boys play rugby in the autumn term. In the spring term boys play hockey, football or row, and in the summer term there is the choice of cricket, tennis or rowing. The girls enjoy hockey, netball, rounders, tennis and rowing. Basketball, badminton, squash, judo, cross-country running and athletics provide additional activities to develop skills and fitness.