College Information

John Turner Building Campaign - QWERTY Fund

'The Keys to Success'

In addition to the Learning Development seminar rooms and classroom, the first floor of the new building will accommodate the Thinking Space, with two contrasting areas; one ‘Google-inspired’ for collaborative discussion and one ‘Flow Room’ for silent study. Donations to the QWERTY Fund will allow the College to provide additional digital learning resources and extra tablet devices.

There are 102 keys on a standard computer keyboard. The QWERTY Fund is an affordable way for all members of the Shiplake community to show their support by purchasing their chosen letter, numeral or character for £20 per key (discounts for whole words!). The donors’ names will be displayed on the corresponding keys of a keyboard-shaped plaque.

The image below illstureates which computer keys are still available.

Current Total: £180 (5 unallocated keys)

John Turner Building Campaign - Art Fund

'The Colour of Money'

Buy a colour for £20 each from the 120 named shades shown opposite, to show your support and help provide the Art Department with state-of-the-art equipment. It is hoped that many current pupils will wish to leave their legacy by becoming a part of the new building! A spectrum of colour will be displayed in the Art Department to display donations to this fund, with the donors’ names, or chosen words, allocated to the colour of their choice.

We hope that these colourful donations will fund one or more items of equipment such as a 3D printer, a specialist large-scale printer, or other larger art resources that fees alone are unable to provide.

The image below illustrates which colours are still available.

Current Total: £840


John Turner Building Campaign - Lecture Theatre Fund

'Please Take Your Seats...'

We are inviting parents, staff, alumni and all members of the Shiplake College community to own a little piece of the school. With a plaque on each sponsored seat you can have your name incorporated into the new building, acknowledge someone special by dedicating a seat to them or have your own chosen text inscribed.

There are 88 fixed seats available to sponsor at £400 each, which can be donated by monthly instalments if preferred.

Seats Sponsored So Far: 14

We are very grateful to those who have sponsored a seat for the Lecture Theatre:

  • Mrs Jane Burtt
  • With Thanks From Scruffy Noddy Narrowboat
  • Ian and Louise Towell
  • Andrew and Clare Ridley-Barker
  • Roger Peacock
  • Ryan Jones
  • Robbie Jones
  • Cam Jones
  • Alfie Sheppard
  • The Green Family
  • Mr Tom F Wells
  • Nick and Finn Arbuckle
  • Gregg Davies

John Turner Building Campaign - Room Sponsorship

The Lecture Theatre, and Thinking Space have already been sponsored by two generous donors. The Music practice rooms (named after iconic composers and musicians) and ensemble rooms, Art classrooms and Learning Development seminar rooms are currently available for sponsorship, which will allow the College to equip each room with the required high-quality technological resources or musical equipment accordingly.

All sponsors will have their name displayed on plaques by the appropriate rooms (unless the donor wishes to remain anonymous).

Art Department

  • Ceramics Classroom (sponsorship to cover Apple Mac computers, the kiln and other specialist equipment) £3,000
  • Art Classroom (sponsorship to cover Apple Mac computers and other specialist equipment) £3,000
  • Textiles Classroom (sponsorship to cover Apple Mac computers and other specialist equipment) £3,000

Music Department

  • One Recording Studio (sponsorship to cover an Apple Mac computer, software and equipment) £2,000
  • Seven Practice Rooms (sponsorship to cover a piano for each room, and one Drum Kit) £1,000 each
    • Drum Room SPONSORED
    • Purcell
    • Handel
    • Elgar
    • Hendrix (Guitar Room)
    • Britten
    • Bernstein
  • Two Ensemble Classrooms (sponsorship to cover Apple Mac computers and electronic keyboards) £3,000 each

Learning Development Department

  • Four Seminar Rooms (sponsorship to cover television displays) ALL SPONSORED
  • One Classroom (sponsorship to cover television display and other learning resources) SPONSORED

John Turner Building Campaign - Orchestra Fund

'Hitting the High Note'

We are looking for funds to purchase additional instruments for the Music Department. Whether for individual instrumental tuition or to bolster the Lower School Orchestra or other ensembles, there is an increasing need to add to or replace the current stock.

At prices varying from £50 for a violin to £250 for an oboe, you can sponsor your favourite instrument and show your support. Donors’ names will be displayed alongside their equivalent instrument on a plaque denoting a full symphony orchestra. This would be a wonderful way to commemorate a range of instrumentalists from the Shiplake College community. We hope you find this fund ‘noteworthy’!

The image below illustrates the instruments still available for sponsorship.

Current Total: £14,300


Instruments Available to Sponsor

Instrument Required Remaining Cost Each
Violin 12 9 £50
Small Percussion 4 2 £50
'Cello 6 4 £75
Viola 3 2 £75
Clarinet 3 2 £300
Flute 3 2 £100
Trombone 3 3 £100
Large Percussion 4 3 £100
French Horn 3 0 £200
Trumpet 3 3 £200
Double Bass 2 2 £200
Oboe 3 0 £250
Bassoon 2 1 £250

Please note that the costs above do not necessarily cover the full cost of purchasing the equivalent instrument.



The Development Office was established in September 2013 to build a network of  strong relationships amongst parents, Old Vikings, staff, and other friends and supporters of Shiplake College. The Development team is responsible for implementing a long-term and integrated fundraising and alumni relations programme. This includes working with the Old Viking Society to provide a calendar of events and reunions, and supporting the Headmaster and governors in achieving their aims to develop the College and realise their vision for the future.

Meet the Team

Katherine Green, Director of Marketing and External Relations, joined Shiplake in September 2013. She is responsible for leading the College's marketing, admissions, fundraising and alumnae relations activities. Katherine was previously the Marketing and Development Manager at Cokethorpe School in Witney. Katherine grew up in Henley, moving to Abingdon after graduation, but has continued to play for Henley Hockey Club.

Ross McSweeny, Marketing and Alumni Officer, joined Shiplake in November 2013 after graduating from the University of Birmingham. Ross supports Katherine with promoting the College and the many events, activities and achievements of its pupils and staff. He also acts as the Secretary for the Old Viking Society and is responsible for communications to former pupils and staff of the College.

Giving to Shiplake College

Fundraising for Shiplake College is crucial for our future development. Good and successful schools cannot stand still yet fee income alone is not sufficient to ensure that Shiplake College will continue to provide the best possible environment and education for our boys and girls. Shiplake is a relatively young school and as a result has not got an endowment that many other schools benefit from.

We hope that in whatever way possible, you will play a part in our history. There are many ways to help the College and its pupils, from organising events to donating funds to leaving a legacy. For further information or to discuss how you can support the College, please contact the Development Office on 0118 9405 222 or email

The John Turner Building £100,000 Campaign

The John Turner Building £100,000 Campaign was launched in February 2014. This appeal has been designed to provide the best-possible resources and equipment for the John Turner Building, due to open in September 2014, and give all members of the Shiplake community the opportunity to be a part of this exciting development.

In addition to creating first-class Music, Art and Learning Development Departments, the building is addressing the long-standing need for a place where pupils of all ages can collaborate, reflect, read and research, with access to a variety of digital learning technologies. There will also be a Lecture Theatre with tiered seating for up to 140 people, providing a superb venue for a wide range of uses such as recitals, performances and presentations.

The brochure available below explains the campaign in more detail and outlines how you can contribute to its associated range of imaginative funds. With opportunities to support one or more of the specific areas within the new building, at a level that you feel comfortable, we believe there will be at least one fund that appeals to each of you. Participation is just as important as the level of giving. Through the Art and QWERTY Funds you can personalise a donation of £20 upwards, whilst sponsorship of a musical instrument for the Orchestra Fund or a seat in the Lecture Theatre will enable you to contribute more significantly to the campaign. There are also opportunities to sponsor whole rooms and the resources within them, which could not be justified from fee income alone. Whether £20, £400 or £3,000, your generous gift will make a real difference to the pupils and staff at Shiplake College and all donations will be recognised appropriately.

Click on the links below for more information about the campaign's associated funds:

Click on the links below to download the following John Turner Building £100,000 Campaign documents:

John Turner Building Progress Diary

The new John Turner Building will house the Art, Music and Learning Development departments, a recital/lecture space and a resource centre. The development is named after one of the first boys to attend Shiplake College, who was also a governor of the College for over 30 years until his retirement in 2012.

John Turner Building Artists Impression

Construction started on 1st July 2013 and is due for completion on 30th May 2014. The fit-out will be completed in August 2014 and the building will be operational for the Autumn Term 2014.

The gross floor area of the completed building is 1,362sqm.

  • Music Department: 229sqm
  • Lecture theatre: 135sqm
  • Resource Centre: 229sqm
  • Learning Development: 135sqm
  • Art Department: 383sqm

To view the floorplans for the new buildings please click on the options below:

Progress Update: 28th March 2014

All tiling on the roof is now complete and the wind-catchers have all been installed. Internal blockwork and brickwork up to ground floor level is complete.  The first fix of electrics is currently in progress on the basement and ground floors. It is a busy time, with multiple tasks being completed simultaneously as ducting for the complex air-handling system is also currently being installed in the lecture theatre and basement corridors. 

The building project is still on schedule, with completion of construction expected on 27th June 2014. The College are busy confirming some of the finer details, such as the colours of blinds. Departments are meeting designers next week to confirm the fit-out. Construction of the bespoke furniture will start within the next couple of weeks, ready for installation over the summer holidays. 

Featured are some pictures taken in mid March when the estates team had an elevated work platform on site. 

Progress Update: 20th February 2014

Despite losing another 3 days to the wet weather, Edgar Taylor, the main contractors are still aiming to finish construction of the building by 20th June 2014.  This will include the completion of all the surrounding soft landscaping and a new block-paving walkway around the entire building. 

The roof structure is complete and over half of it is now covered with the felt that lies beneath the tiles.  Tiling is approximately 10% complete and the 84 windows have been delivered to site and will be fitted as the brickwork is completed.  Once the ground floor is water-tight, the first fix of electrics will begin after half-term.  We are in the process of confirming the layout of the contemporary Thinking Space and had an interesting presentation from the interior designers who revealed a number of exciting options to choose from. 

Progress Update: 24th January 2014

It will probably come as no surprise that an extension of 20 days has been issued and the revised completion date for the building is now 20th June 2014. The recent wet weather has limited the progress of the bricklayers and the various storms over Christmas precluded work on the scaffolding for several days. If nothing else the weather has proved that the Lecture/Recital Theatre is water-tight, as the builders are having to pump out up to 18” of water each day.

Despite the slow progress, the brickwork is almost up to first floor level and the internal walls of the Music Department are now in place, allowing a better feel for the finished layout.  The top floor has now been screeded to allow further work on the roof and the feature trusses are fixed in place.  It is hoped we can complete the structure and install the ceiling windows by the end of January.  

We are looking in detail at the interior fit-out of the building and currently confirming colours for floor and wall coverings and the chairs in the Lecture/Recital Theatre, as well as blinds for the 84 windows.  A vital part of the Ceramics room on the top floor will be the installation of a new kiln.  With a total weight of 495kg and a maximum lift capacity of 400kg, some detailed planning has been necessary to ensure that the kiln can be broken down and constructed in situ.

Progress Update: 12th December 2013

With the recent good weather, the contractors have worked hard to complete the superstructure for the roof of the entire building.  The feature wooden trusses that will be exposed in the ceiling of the Art Department are 90% complete and infilling of the timber roof is ongoing. 

At lower levels, the walls of the Music practice and ensemble rooms are almost complete and this work will continue throughout the Christmas break.  In the Lecture Theatre, the final coats of four damp-proofing layers are being applied, before the internal walls are constructed.  In order to achieve the interior space that the College required, the whole building was sunk up to 2m into the ground and the damp-proofing of the ground-floor is a key part of the construction. 

On the first and second floors, concrete is being applied to provide a level surface over the huge beams that will support all the interior of the building.  Once these floors and the roof are water-tight, initial work on the ground-floor electrics will begin.  For the future inhabitants, the project is now really coming to life as they are being asked to confirm exactly where they will require desks and tables to be placed.


Progress Update: 14th November 2013

The vast majority of the concrete flooring was successfully installed over the October half term break. The finishing touches have now been applied, with the final planks laid on 12th November. We are now waiting patiently for some dryer conditions in which to carry out the damp-proofing. The laying of brickwork is ongoing, with clear progress now visible from afar.

The roof will be installed between 25th November and 6th December. This is a crucial stage of the build as, once the roof has been fitted, the fixing of electrical and mechanical fittings can begin. Accordingly, we are now in the process of agreeing the interior layouts of all the departments. This is hugely exciting, with innovative, contemporary designs starting to take shape.

The concept for the new Study Centre involves two discrete areas, with the overarching aim of creating a stimulating and appealing environment to encourage all our boys to come and study in a variety of ways. The first area pupils will encounter upon entering is an open and collaborative space for browsing and studying; predominantly in groups. Informal sessions, tutor meetings and occasional lessons will take place here, as it will be a perfect environment for discussing ideas. There will also be a separate meeting room behind a glass screen. The second area, away from the entrance, is intended to provide a quieter environment for productive individual study.

Progress Update: 25th October 2013

Both internal and external brickwork has now started and the first of three damp-proof layers on the lecture theatre walls are being applied.  The concrete flooring and pre-formed staircases will be installed from Thursday 24th October onwards.  This is a slight change to the previous schedule and the Main Drive will now be open until Wednesday 23rd October.  This work is expected to take 6 days and the contractors intend to clear the Main Drive by Friday 1st November.

Progress Update: 25th September 2013

The foundation for the new Music, Art and Resource Centre has now been completed – 230m3 of concrete was poured to create this, with apologies for any delays and thank you for your cooperation for the road closure on that day. The creation of the steel structure, which will take 7 working days, started on Monday 23rd September, with the large crane inside the building site itself.

There will be another road closure from 2.00pm on Friday 27th September until 5.00pm on Wednesday 2nd October. The brick work and block work will then be started next week (the retaining and main walls), which will give you more of a feel for the shape and size of the final building. On Monday 21st October, for two weeks over half term, the road will again be closed for lifting on the concrete slabs for the ground and first floors.

We were also able to get some fascinating images of a bird’s eye view photographs showing the construction site.

Progress Update: 23rd August 2013

The project remains approximately a week ahead of schedule and pouring of the ground bearing slab is due to start after the Bank Holiday weekend.  The photo shows the exposed piles and the area of the lecture theatre, which will be largely below ground.

The temporary Art Department is in position and services are being connected and furniture moved out of storage.  A fence will be constructed to hide and protect the drainage and water pipes.

To compensate for the loss of parking areas around Burr, Richard Evans and his team have laid a plastic grid beside the Main Drive and the grass is already growing through as seen in the last photo.

College Calendar

Termly Newsletter

The Riverbank is printed three times a year and provides a visual summary of all the news, events and activities that the pupils and staff at Shiplake College carry out each term. To contact the Editor, Mrs Katherine Green, please email

Click here to download the Autumn Term 2013 issue.

International Students

Shiplake College welcomes applications from international students. Our international pupils represent approximately 5% of the school population at present and can join any year group, subject to a place being available. Pupils usually join us at 13+ (Year 9, 14+(Year 10) or 16+ (Year 12).

Some of our international students are British but resident overseas whilst others come from across the globe. For those for whom English is an additional language we offer specialist tuition however pupils must have a reasonable level of fluency on arrival. EAL pupils will be tested as part of the interview process and again on arrival to ensure that we can offer the appropriate provision for their needs.

For entry into Year 9 or 10 we expect pupils to have a good understanding of English language in order that they can access the curriculum. Students wishing to join the Sixth Form in Year 12 must take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination and we would expect them to achieve a mark of around 5.5-6 as a minimum.

All international students at Shiplake College need to have a UK-based guardian if their parents are not living in the UK.  Shiplake is pleased to introduce you to Bright World Guardianships, a well established and fully AEGIS accredited guardianship company who will take on the important role of guardian to your child while they are with us. 

The Bright World Guardianship programme offers a total care package from day one of a student’s stay in the UK and throughout their study period. An important part of  their job is to find a host family for your child during holiday times when they have to leave school.

To find out more about Bright World and to see their website, please visit