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 35-minute lessons for all instruments are charged at £25 per lesson (2017-2018). 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.
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. This may take place in any of the Houses where beds are available and not necessarily in the pupil's allocated House. All applications must be made in writing at least 72 hours in advance to the pupil’s Housemaster. Charges will be added to the pupil’s end of term fee invoice. If the pupil will be staying overnight regularly they may pay the flexi-boarding rate which results in a discount on the equivalent two nights' stay.
More information on flexi-boarding can be found here.
||£49.50 per night
||£97.50 per weekend
|Exeat weekend (including a Bank Holiday)
||£135 per weekend
Fees for places in the Learning Development Department (Core Places), which include three additional timetabled lessons of additional support per week, are charged at £1,100 per term (2017-2018).
Fees for English as an Additional Language (EAL), which include three additional timetabled lessons per week, are currently charged at £1,100 per term (2017-2018). For further information, please see the EAL policy below.
English as an Additional Language Policy
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 for 2017-2018 are as follows:
||£36 per hour
||£38 per hour
|Two Pupils Together
||£25 per hour
||£30 per hour
|Three Pupils Together
||£22 per hour
||£24 per hour
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.
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.
The insurances detailed below are currently available but subject to change for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Healthcare – Parents may opt for pupils to be covered by a private medical scheme. If required, a subscription for AXA PPP of £75 (incl Insurance Premium Tax) 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 AXA PPP, and parents will be charged for any extra cost arising from these.
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, watches and individual items of jewellery limit of £500 and a claims excess of £25 or £100 for laptop claims. The premium is currently £10.08 per term and the following items are excluded:
mobile phones and accessories, cars and accessories, watercraft and accessories, cash, currency, bank notes and stamps, data reinstatement, media downloads like music files, computer games and videos, accidental damage to tapes, records, cassettes, discs or computer software, contact or corneal lenses, bicycle tyres, lamps and accessories unless the bicycle is stolen or damaged at the same time, bicycles not locked or chained to an immoveable object when unattended, loss or damage caused by general wear and tear, electrical or mechanical breakdown or caused deliberately, theft from an unattended locked motor vehicle , unless the item was locked in the boot or glovebox and there is evidence of forcible and violent entry, items of jewellery other than watches with an individual value over £150 without proof of valuation, watches with an individual value in excess of £500. Terrorism.
School Fees Refund Scheme - The School Fees Refund scheme is optional and is available at a premium of 1.58% of the termly rate for boarders or 1.37% of the termly rate for day pupils. This scheme secures a refund if your child cannot attend school because of illness or injury.
Further details on all insurances are available from the Policies and Downloads page.
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. A bus route to and from West London is also available, running on Sunday evenings, Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, ideal for weekly boarders.
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 (2017-2018) charges will apply:
Accompanied (by staff member): £18.50 per hour + Taxi Charge
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.