Skipwith House is located within the superb Victorian manor house Shiplake Court. Directly above the Great Hall, there is no doubt the house lies at the centre of College life.
The Skipwith population is made up of predominantly day pupils, with a number of flexi-boarders and Sixth Form girls. Despite the transition to accommodate more day pupils, the traditional boarding ethos of the house is still very much present. An increasing number of pupils are choosing to take advantage of Shiplake’s convenient flexi-boarding options. House staff endeavour to create a welcoming environment and take a holistic approach to the pastoral care and academic progress of all boys.
In September 2014, Mr Alex Duncan became Housemaster of Skipwith. Alex lives on site with his wife Charlotte and their two sons, Oliver and Torin, having arrived at Shiplake in 2013 with twelve years of Geography teaching experience. Mr Duncan held numerous leadership roles in previous schools, including Head of Department and Head of Year. He is now enjoying working as a Housemaster.
Mr Duncan is extremely passionate about his subject, with a particular interest in volcanoes and rivers. His ability to build great rapport and mutual respect with pupils makes him a popular member of the Shiplake community. Alex’s other passions in life are largely centred around spending time with his family, and time on the sports field. Alex is accordingly a valued member of the Shiplake sports coaching team, sharing his expertise in rugby, football and cricket. He is a loyal supporter of Crystal Palace FC and an active member of the staff cricket and football teams.
The Housemaster is ably supported by Senior Tutor Mr Peter Muhley, and a large team of tutors who visit daily to closely monitor the academic development and general well-being of their tutees. Peter has been at Shiplake since 2013, having completed his PGCE in Newcastle. Peter teaches Mathematics, and joined Skipwith House in 2014.
The house would be a far lesser place without its very own Matron, Miss Niki Tanner, who is on hand to support the boys every day of the week. The boys describe her as 'caring, committed, friendly, helpful and lovely'... and they are correct!
Upon entrance to Skipwith, visitors are greeted with a daily bulletin TV screen which is a great communication tool. The main day room and pool table room both have televisions and modern, breakfast bar style furniture. Pupils use large, traditional work spaces with fantastic views overlooking the river.