In their final year at Shiplake, all boys move to College House. Students in College House are granted greater independence, as a reflection of their increasing maturity. Consequently, they are encouraged to take greater responsibility for themselves academically and socially. This unique element of the House system at Shiplake College provides a valuable stepping stone between school and university or work. Boys continue their association with their original Houses; helping with duties and playing an active role in the various Inter-House competitions.
The Year 13 House has single study bedrooms for boarders and there are shared study rooms for day boys. Both boarders and the day community have access to a large sitting room, games room and kitchens on each floor. There is also a laundry room as pupils take care of their own washing and ironing.
Long-serving staff member Mr Richard Curtis took on his new role of Housemaster of College House in September 2014, replacing Mr Nick Brown who moved on to become Assistant Head (Co-Curricular). Richard arrived at Shiplake in 2006, and lives onsite with his wife, two children, and two dogs!
In addition to his teaching and Housemaster duties, Richard is a valued member of our sports coaching team, specialising in rugby and hockey. He is also an ardent cricketer and relishes the opportunity of spending a day or two at Lords during the summer holidays. Although not the most tuneful of choristers, Richard has happily joined the College’s Rock Choir. Richard lives on site with his wife Rosie and their two young boys, Jack and Billy. The Housemaster is ably assisted by Assistant Housemaster Mr Marcus Milburn. Marcus joined Shiplake in 2010 as Head of Media Studies. Alongside teaching responsibilities, Marcus coaches the U14 cricket, and enjoys going to the cinema and supporting Bristol Rovers FC. Matron Julie Knight is also on hand throughout the day to help provide domestic and pastoral support for the boys.
Members of College House regularly hold social events, often in conjunction with the girls in Gilson House. In the summer, the barbeque is brought out at every opportunity and sporting rivalries are put to the test as the College leavers take on the staff cricket team. A girls versus boys netball match is also a popular recent addition to the calendar, although the boys are yet to win a match, and the academic year finishes with a real flourish on the last night with the Leavers’ Ball.