Around 50 pupils belong to Welsh House, which is located at the top of the main drive adjacent to the College entrance. The Welsh cohort currently consists of a relatively even split between full boarders, weekly boarders and day pupils, although this can vary slightly from year to year.
Set away from the main teaching areas, the House has a peaceful setting which gives its residents a feeling of leaving College at the end of each day even though they remain on site. Welsh pupils are a tight-knit, happy and prosperous community, who enjoy spending time together as well as integrating with the rest of the College. Excellence is celebrated both in academia and in co-curricular activities, with all talents valued equally whether they are in Art, Music, Drama, Sport or any other field.
The House has two spacious common rooms where pupils like to spend their break times during the day. The large House kitchen always provides a regular supply of toast, which is ranked alongside gas and electricity in terms of importance to keep the House going! There are also computing facilities and a games room with a stylish pool table and table football. A tennis court adjoins the House garden, where gatherings and barbecues are held. Bedrooms and study rooms are generally shared by pupils in Years 9-11, but single rooms are available for more senior boys.
Mr Jonnie Howorth joined Shiplake College in 2010, and has been Welsh Housemaster since 2014. Before training to become a teacher of Geography he worked in London for six years in the advertising industry. Prior to joining Welsh House, Mr Howorth spent two years as Head of Lower School and a Visiting Boarding Tutor in Skipwith House. He also coaches the 1st XI cricket, the 3rd XV rugby team and a little bit of U13 football. Mr Howorth lives in Welsh House with his wife Julia and their three young sons Henry, Freddie and Charlie.
The Housemaster is assisted by Matron Mrs Lynne Fairbairn and Deputy Housemaster Mr Duncan Miller, who is already accustomed to working closely with Mr Howorth during the cricket season. Another able sportsman, Shakespeare fan Duncan boasts captaining his university football team and playing junior international cricket on his impressive sporting CV.