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FEES

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.

Registration Fee

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.

Acceptance Deposit

Upon receiving an offer to join Shiplake College, a deposit of £1,000 is required in order to confirm your child’s place. 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.

College Fees

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:

Years 9-13:

Boarding: £9,560 per term

Day: £6,450 per term

Years 7- 8:

Day Only: £5,170 per term

Additional Charges 

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:

Outings/Trips

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.

Music

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.

Private Tuition

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:


GCSE A Level
Individual Lessons £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

Fees for places in the Learning Development Department (Core Places), which include five timetabled lessons per week instead of Modern Language, and Sixth Form Support are currently charged at £1,005 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.

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.

Insurances

Medical Insurance

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.

Further details on all insurances are available from the Bursary.

Transport

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.

Medical Appointments

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):

Reading: £25.00
Henley: £15.00
Other: Standard College car rate for mileage + £9.00 per hour

Unaccompanied (ie by taxi): Taxi Charge

Travel Money

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).

School Uniform

Haircuts, additional or missing uniform, etc. are also charged to pupils’ accounts.