The College reviews fees annually, with any changes taking place at the beginning of
each academic year. Any fee amendments are notified to parents at the end of the
preceding academic year.
A non-refundable registration fee of £75 is payable when a pupil’s name is first
registered for entry. This is the first stage of the admissions process and ensures that
the pupil will be considered for entry.
Upon receiving an offer to join Shiplake College, a deposit of £1,000 is required in order
to confirm your child’s place. The deposit for pupils outside the European Union is £9,560, equivalent to one term's fees. The acceptance deposit will be retained by the College until
the pupil leaves and will be returned in full unless parents wish to donate all or part of
the deposit to the College.
Fees are charged termly in advance and are inclusive of all the normal maintenance and
recreational requirements of each pupil. Also included in the fees are: Academic lessons and text books; sports coaching; 2 meals a day and snacks (plus breakfast for boarders); laundry (not day pupils); pastoral support from Housemaster and Tutor; medical cover; a full time Chaplaincy; access to ICT and the internet; a 45 acre riverside site for outdoor activities; wide range of extra-curricular activities; concerts and plays in the Tithe Barn and Sports Hall; music rehearsal facilities; The Thinking Space; transport to matches, museums and plays (if mandatory part of the curriculum); accommodation for private study; careers advice; Personal Accident Insurance; House Subscriptions; Old Viking Membership.
The fees for the 2014-15 academic year are:
Boarding: £9,560 per term
Day: £6,450 per term
Years 7- 8:
Day Only: £5,170 per term
We make every effort to ensure our fees are as close to 'all-inclusive' as possible but there will inevitably be some additional charges added to the bill. Examples of which are found below:
Occasional outings with tutors, some visits to the theatre or cinema and parties or dances/socials at other schools may also be charged on account. We believe these are an essential part of the full programme of activities that should be offered in a boarding school.
All pupils are encouraged to learn a musical instrument and free tuition is given during timetabled lessons in Years 7 and 8. Individual lessons for all instruments are charged at £20 per lesson (35 minutes). Charges are raised one term in advance. As part-time music staff are contracted on parents’ behalf, written notice one term in advance is required to stop lessons.
If parents wish a pupil to have private tuition, then they should contact the Housemaster who will do his best to arrange it with one of the teaching staff. If a teacher feels a pupil needs extra help, he informs the Housemaster who, in turn, suggests it to parents. Only when their approval is received does private tuition start. At the end of term, the teacher concerned submits an account and report to the parents who are asked to pay him/her directly. Charges for private tuition are currently as follows:
||£34 per hour
||£36 per hour
|Two Pupils Together
||£23 per hour
||£28 per hour
|Three Pupils Together
||£20 per hour
||£22 per hour
Public Examination Fees
Public Examination Fees are charged to the pupil’s account. A further charge has to be made when a pupil uses a computer, a reader or an amanuensis for an examination.
Learning Development and EAL
Fees for places in the Learning Development Department (Core Places), which include three additional timetabled lessons of additional support per week, are currently charged at £1,005 per term.
Fees for English as an Additional Language (EAL), which include three additional timetabled lessons per week, are currently charged at £770 per term.
Overnight Accommodation (Flexi-Boarding)
Where there is sufficient space, parents may apply for day pupils to stay overnight at the College for a maximum of two nights per week. All applications must be made in writing at least 72 hours in advance to the pupil’s Housemaster. A charge of £44 per night will be added to the pupil’s end of term fee invoice.
More information on flexi-boarding can be found here.
Clubs and Societies
If a pupil selects a certain club or society as his/her minor activity (for example golf or riding), parental approval is required in writing, as there is an additional charge of about £80 - £90 per term. There are also additional rowing subs for those that are part of the Boat Club which are charged termly and may cost between £40 and £80 depending on the pupil.
Parents may opt for pupils to be covered by a private medical scheme. If required, a subscription for BUPA of £67.50 is added to accounts to provide cover against the cost of private specialist and hospital treatment. However, this does not cover the cost of prescriptions, dentists and some medical specialists not covered by BUPA, and parents will be charged for any extra cost arising from these.
School Fees, Personal Effects
Unless covered by their home household policy, parents are strongly advised to take out the Personal Effects insurance scheme offered by the school as the main school insurance policy does not cover personal effects. Please note that there is a £5,000 limit to insurance cover, single item limit of £2,000, bicycle limit of £350 and a claims excess of £25 or £100 for laptop claims. The premium is currently £10 per term and the following items are excluded:
mobile phones and accessories, cars and accessories, watercraft and accessories, cash, currency, bank notes and stamps, computer system records, contact lenses, items of jewellery other than watches with an individual value over £150, watches with an individual value in excess of £500.
School Fees Insurance
School Fees insurance is optional and is available at a premium of 1.5% of the termly rate.
Fees Refund Scheme (PDF 90KB)
BUPA Schools Scheme (PDF 1.1MB)
Pupils’ Personal Effects Insurance Scheme (PDF
Pupils’ Personal Accident Insurance Scheme
Further details on all insurances are available from the Bursary.
Daily bus transport to and from Shiplake College is available and is charged on termly accounts in advance; click here for details of routes and charges. Transport can also arranged for boarders to and from Reading Station at exeats and half terms or pupils may book taxis through the College office; charges for occasional transport will be made in arrears.
In the case of emergencies/accidents, the school will arrange transport as necessary. Where parents are unable to accompany pupils for routine/pre-arranged appointments, the following charges will apply:
Accompanied (by staff member):
Other: Standard College car rate for mileage + £9.00 per hour
Unaccompanied (ie by taxi): Taxi Charge
It is not the school’s policy to advance travel money or money for visits of a purely recreational nature. Parents who live abroad must deposit sufficient money for travel with their child’s Housemaster (and for any other expenses at half term or for exeat weekends).
Haircuts, additional or missing uniform, etc. are also charged to pupils’ accounts.