Boys in Year 7 and Year 8 belong to our Lower School. The Lower School opened in 2009, originally with 18 pupils. Since then, the School has gone from strength to strength and is now home to over 50 boys.
The modern, purpose-built Lower School building has a thriving and bustling environment which provides the perfect stepping stone between junior or prep school and Year 9 at Shiplake College. Staff have instilled a wholly inclusive philosophy, allowing all boys the opportunity to sample everything that Shiplake has to offer.
This ensures pupils gain a solid grounding across the academic curriculum, and also introduces them to a whole-host of co-curricular activities. Throughout the year, the Lower School field multiple teams in rugby, football, cricket and tennis, allowing all boys to experience the honour and excitement of representing their College. Every boy participates fully in the House drama productions, learns an instrument and is entered into the Lower School Orchestra and Choir. There also several inter-house competitions where the two Lower School Houses – Titans and Olympians – battle for pride and prestige!
The Lower School has a large, designated day room fully stocked with games, sofas and computers for the boys to relax. There are two prep rooms, one for each year group, which provide an ideal working environment for homework to be completed each afternoon. There is also a large kitchen which Matron keeps well-stocked on a daily basis.
Mrs Annemarie Higgins took over as Head of Lower School in April 2016. She is also our Director of Learning Development, a specialist teacher and is currently undertaking a research degree in pedagogy with the Department of Education at Oxford University. She has two grown-up children who have now finished university and two Maltese dogs, Alfie and Bobby who sometimes make an appearance in Lower School!
Mrs Higgins is assisted in Lower School by Mr Sam Beckett, who is also our Head of Rugby. The dedicated leadership team and enthusiastic academic tutors endeavour to create a fun, welcoming and happy community, built through mutual respect and consideration of others. This environment makes Lower School a great place to be, allowing each and every pupil to thrive.