Shiplake College does not select on the grounds of academic ability alone. Applications are welcome from all pupils who have the potential to make the most of the wealth of opportunities that Shiplake can offer.

Our assessment process is therefore designed to identify boys and girls who have a genuine interest in education that stretches beyond the confines of the academic curriculum, and will therefore benefit from our balanced and well rounded education. In return, they are expected to make a positive contribution towards many aspects of College life.

The entry assessment process requires no specific preparation. All candidates start on an equal footing, with identical opportunities to display their academic aptitude and other skills. Shiplake College’s aim is to encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. This enriches our community and is vital in preparing our pupils for the modern world.

The majority of pupils join Shiplake in Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) or Year 12 (16+) but occasionally places are available in other year groups. Parents who are interested in applying for a place at Shiplake should complete the Registration Form and return it to the College along with the registration fee. Applicants for admission should ideally register by July of the year preceding their desired year of entry.

Following the annual admissions round, we offer guaranteed places to successful applicants. Once an offer has been made it is advisable to accept the place at the earliest opportunity. To secure a place, the confirmation form and deposit must be returned to the College.

Meet the Team

Our friendly admissions team are on hand to guide you throughout the process of joining Shiplake College. They will welcome you on open mornings and individual visits, and be your port of call should any queries or questions arise.

Mrs Esther Pasmore, the Admissions Registrar, joined Shiplake in March 2016. Esther is passionate about helping you decide whether Shiplake is the right school for your child. Email or call 0118 9405 221.

Keith Settle, Director of Boarding Admissions, joined the College in 2008 and currently teaches Mathematics and coaches rowing in addition to his work with the admissions team. Since joining Shiplake Keith has held many roles including that of Skipwith Housemaster. With a wealth of experience, Keith is happy to guide you through the process of applying for a boarding place at Shiplake and is a good source of advice for all questions regarding boarding. Keith now lives in Reading and is a keen rowing coach having coached at all levels from domestic to international. Email or call 0118 9405 217.

Mrs Katherine Green, Director of Marketing and External Relations, joined Shiplake in September 2013. She is responsible for leading the College's marketing, admissions, fundraising and alumni relations activities. Katherine was previously the Marketing and Development Manager at Cokethorpe School in Witney. Katherine grew up in Henley and has long been a member of Henley Hockey Club. She graduated from the University of Exeter and has recently returned to the area. Email or call 0118 9405 222.

Mrs Hayley Young, Admissions Assistant, joined the team in November 2014. Hayley lives locally in Harpsden and was already highly familiar with the College ethos prior to joining the admissions office. Hayley provides support to Esther and Katherine and is another port of call for parent enquiries. Email or call 0118 9704 764. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss a new or existing application. There is always somebody in the office every day (even in the school holidays!) and they will be delighted to assist you.


Click here to register your child online or download a registration form.

The school is highly successful in maintaining a friendly atmosphere, which enables pupils and staff to enjoy their busy working lives.
ISI Inspection - Spring 2015