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Orchard House is situated at the forefront of the College overlooking the award-winning, 1st XI cricket pitch. Orchard is home to 75 day boys from Year 9 to Year 12, spread across 3 floors of a wonderfully maintained, modern building. Year 13 boys and girls live in close proximity in College and Gilson Houses respectively.

The magnificent cricket pavilion is part of the House, allowing pupils to enjoy using it as their common room at break and lunchtimes. There is also a games room with pool tables and table football. With no boarders, space in the House is dedicated to providing light and spacious work environments where pupils can complete their prep.

Although one of the largest houses at Shiplake, Orchard still manages to be a welcoming and friendly home that offers every boy a small corner that they can call their own. The house is run as one big family, with all teaching staff and senior students playing their part to create an atmosphere which is based upon mutual respect, tolerance and the support of each other in times of joy, and sadness.

This successful ethos allows for every pupil to feel comfortable and valued, and encourages them to flourish in whatever they might choose to do. All Orchard pupils are passionate about their House and enjoy taking part in inter-house competitions. The brimming trophy cabinet and a long list of academic and co-curricular awards is testament to this!

To ensure the safety, welfare and development of every boy, Orchard House is supported by a dedicated leadership team. Mr Adam Mallins has been Housemaster of Orchard since 2014, having previously enjoyed the role of Assistant Housemaster. He was glad to continue working with a House about which he is passionate, and lives on site with his wife Elizabeth and their children Rose and Will.

Originally working in the television world, Adam has enjoyed the transition to teaching and, in particular, the role of Housemaster. His specialist subject is Geography and he also teaches Travel and Tourism. Adam especially loves the outdoors, coaching sport in particular, having played for England U18 alongside Jonny Wilkinson. He is also a keen tennis player and currently serves as Master in Charge of Tennis.

Mr Mallins works alongside Assistant Housemaster Mr Adam Moffatt. Adam has been at Shiplake since September 2014. He is married to Rachel and they have two children, named Jack and Ella. Mr Moffatt teaches Biology and Psychology. As well as this, he coaches rowing, being a keen sportsman himself. He is also on hand to lend the staff football team a player! Popular Matron Mrs Julie Knight completes the Orchard team, providing care and concern as well as the odd piece of spare games kit whenever the necessity arises.

Matron Mrs Sue Blackwell also provides support and pastoral care, and has been at Shiplake for over 20 years. Sue moved from Burr House to be Matron in Orchard in 2016.