The majority of pupils join Shiplake at 11+, 13+ or 16+ but occasionally places do arise in other year groups. The Registrar holds a waiting list for such places and is happy to discuss availability with parents.

Shiplake College welcomes applications from pupils who have the potential to make the most of the opportunities that Shiplake can offer and who will in turn make a positive contribution to the life of the College.

Information about Shiplake can be found in the prospectus and on the College website. The prospectus can be obtained by telephoning the school office or submitting a prospectus request form through the website.

Open Mornings for prospective parents are regularly held at the College and parents are advised to attend one of these Open Days if at all possible. The Open Days take place on a Saturday morning and usually consist of a short talk by the Headmaster, the opportunity to meet staff members and a guided tour of the College with a current pupil. Alternatively, it is possible to arrange a morning visit during the week with the opportunity to meet the Headmaster.

Following the Open Morning or initial visit, parents who are interested in applying for a place at Shiplake should complete the Registration Form and return it to the College with the non-returnable registration fee of £75. This will ensure that your son is considered for a place at Shiplake College although at this stage there is no guarantee that a place will be available.

Following the annual admissions round Shiplake College offers Guaranteed Places. Once an offer has been made it is advisable to accept the place at the earliest opportunity. To confirm a place, the Shiplake College Registration Form and deposit must be returned to the school.