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Whole school assemblies important – indeed this is one of the few schools where pupils (and parents!) have spoken about the inspirational assemblies led by the head – not only do they not nod off but it seems they duly...

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Shiplake College is an independent boarding and day school for boys aged 11 to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18. Situated in 45 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside near Henley-on-Thames, we offer an outstanding education based on small class sizes, excellent facilities and dedicated teaching staff. Shiplake has a wholly inclusive environment spanning all areas of College life. All pupils are valued regardless of academic prowess, artistic flair or sporting ability, with opportunities for all to join in and try new things. We are a small community where the upmost effort is made to get to know each and every person. We are renowned for providing exceptional pastoral care, underpinned by our traditional house system. Inspiration fuels every element of life at Shiplake and defines the unique culture of our College. The environment we provide encourages pupils to take inspiration from their teachers, their surroundings, and each other; stimulating all areas of personal development. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking PE / Sports Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Additional Science at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Mathematics at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Resistant Materials at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)




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Whole school assemblies important – indeed this is one of the few schools where pupils (and parents!) have spoken about the inspirational assemblies led by the head – not only do they not nod off but it seems they duly act on the pearls cast. Head speaks oft to boys about 'choice, risk and consequences'; so we were most impressed when one of our guides cited this – but slightly less so, when head admitted...


Since 2004, Mr Gregg Davies BSc Cert Mgmt (40s), an ISI inspector, married to Alison (teaches in the learning development department); one teenage daughter. Tall, athletic, follicly challenged, he has something of the tri-nations about him – Welsh birth, Scottish heritage, English country life and a northern lilt that blends the three. He greeted us in his trademark, Davies-tartan trews but...

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Special Education Needs

Every academic year a number of places are allocated to pupils with mild learning difficulties. Shiplake has a reputation for providing whole-school support for pupils with mild dyslexia. Following the initial entrance assessments, prospective pupils who have been identified as potentially requiring a Learning Development place are assessed to consider the level of support they may require, either a 'Core' place, which is five lessons of Learning Development a week with specialist teachers, instead of a modern foreign language, or their 'Extra' place, two lessons a week, which are timetabled outside of the main teaching time when pupils are not engaged in other activities. In both the 'Core' and the 'Extra' groups five members of staff work as a team, with approximately twelve pupils, to provide individualised learning in small groups or one-to-one. In Year 9 the focus is primarily on developing the skills pupils need to access the curriculum, as well as developing their confidence and self-esteem. In Years 10 and 11 the emphasis gradually changes to provide greater support for their GCSEs, in areas such as reviewing their course work assignments, as well as developing their skills in note-taking, revision and examination strategies. The promotion of pupils' self-belief, to become successful and independent learners, is a key aim. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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