YEAR 7 (11+ ENTRY)

Boys joining the College in Year 7 join our Lower School which was opened in 2009. Years 7 and 8 can now accommodate day pupils, flexi-boarding pupils (up to two nights a week), weekly boarding (4 nights a week Monday to Thursday), and full boarding. A different fee structure applies to Years 7 and 8.

Our 11+ entry is particularly appropriate for boys applying from maintained sector primary schools, or preparatory schools that finish after Year 6. Boys applying for places in Year 7 will be invited to attend an assessment day at the College. This will involve short English and Mathematics tests, before participation in a variety of activities during the afternoon. At some point on the day, your son will be interviewed by a senior member of staff.

The purpose of the assessment day is to allow our experienced staff to determine whether each boy would thrive in Shiplake College’s active, educational environment. A confidential report will also be sought from each candidate’s present school.

September 2018 Entry

The admissions process for September 2018 is now underway. Parents wishing to register their child are asked to complete the Registration form by Friday 1 December 2017.

Date Event
Saturday 18 March 2017 College Open Morning - Register here
Saturday 14 October 2017 College Open Morning - Register here
Friday 3 and Thursday 9 November 2017 Taster Days for Year 6 Boys - Book here
Monday 6 November 2017 Taster Sleepover for Year 6 Boys - Book here
Friday 1 December 2017 Deadline for Registrations and Applications for Scholarships and Bursaries
December 2017 References Obtained from Current Schools
16, 18, 23 and 25 January 2018 Year 7 Assessment Days
Tuesday 16 January 2018 Academic Scholarship Assessments (following main assessment day)
Thursday 18 January 2018 Music Scholarship Assessments (following main assessment day)
Tuesday 30 January 2018 Sport Scholarship Assessments
Wednesday 21 February 2018 Unconditional Offers and Decision Letters Sent
Monday 12 March 2018 Deadline for Place Acceptances
March 2018 Onwards Waiting List Candidates/Late Applications Considered Subject to Availability
Summer 2018 Welcome Events

Year 7 Application Timetable for September 2018 Entry

Year 7 Taster Days

Boys in Year 6 who are considering joining Shiplake College at Year 7 have the opportunity to attend a taster day (and sleepover). These normally take place in the November prior to entry (when the boys are in Year 6) and are scheduled this year for Friday 3 November, Thursday 9 November. There will also be a taster sleepover on Monday 6 November 2017.

Register for a taster here.

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Assistant, Mrs Hayley Young, at


Academic, music and sport scholarships are available at Year 7. Further details of scholarships available to Year 7 applicants are available on the scholarships page

Applications for Year 7 scholarships in September 2018 must be received by Friday 1 December 2017 and assessments will take place in January 2018. See Year 7 Admissions Timeline for dates.

Registration Form

Please click here to complete an online registration or download a registration form.

Contact Details

Mrs Esther Pasmore, Admissions Registrar.

Ms Annemarie Higgins, Head of Lower School.

2 applications per place for entry at Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form
32 places available for Year 7 entry
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