Orchard House is situated at the very front of the College overlooking the award-winning, 1st XI cricket pitch. Orchard is home to 80 day boys from Year 9 to Year 12, spread across 3 floors of a wonderfully maintained, modern building. Year 13 boys and girls live in close proximity in College and Gilson Houses respectively.
The magnificent cricket pavilion is part of the House, allowing pupils to enjoy using it as their common room at break and lunchtimes. There is also a games room with pool tables and table football. With no boarders, space in the House is dedicated to providing light and spacious work environments where pupils can complete their prep.
Although one of the largest houses at Shiplake, Orchard still manages to be a welcoming and friendly home that offers every boy a small corner that they can call their own. The house is run as one big family, with all teaching staff and senior students playing their part to create an atmosphere which is based upon mutual respect, tolerance and the support of each other in times of joy, and sadness.
This successful ethos allows for every pupil to feel comfortable and valued, and encourages them to flourish in whatever they might choose to do. All Orchard pupils are passionate about their House and enjoy taking part in inter-house competitions. The brimming trophy cabinet and a long list of academic and co-curricular awards is testament to this!
To ensure the safety, welfare and development of every boy, Orchard House is supported by a dedicated leadership team. Mr Adam Moffatt has been Housemaster of Orchard since September 2017, having previously enjoyed the role of Assistant Housemaster. He was glad to continue working with a House about which he is passionate, and lives on site with his wife Rachael and two children, Jack and Ella.
Before joining Shiplake, Mr Moffatt worked at Reading Blue Coat and Oratory. He teaches Biology and Psychology. Mr Moffatt also coaches rowing, having won medals for Great Britain and Leander, and been the only person to cox, scull, row and coach for Great Britain. His other interests include walking outdoors with his family, playing football with the Shiplake College staff (where he is the top scorer) and supporting Liverpool FC (as a proud Northerner!). Adam is also the top wicket taker for the staff cricket team.
Mr Moffatt works alongside Deputy Housemaster Mr James Arney, who joined Shiplake as a teacher of English in 2016. Mr Arney lives in Henley with his wife Radhika and their two dogs, Dutch and Hudson. Before joining Shiplake, he served as an Army Infantry Officer in The Royal Gurkha Rifles for just shy of 10 years. During this time, he served in countries across the globe such as Brunei, Nepal, Australia, Belize, Afghanistan and Wales. Mr Arney is also involved with the CCF, DofE, Outdoor Education and coaching rugby and football.
Matron Mrs Sue Blackwell completes the Orchard team, providing support and pastoral care, and has been at Shiplake for over 20 years. Sue moved from Burr House to be Matron in Orchard in 2016.