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.
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.
To view the floorplans for the new buildings please click on the options below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.brightworld.co.uk
Further to another extremely successful HE week (programme found here), I have great pleasure in attaching the presentations that were given during the week.
Unfortunately Maastricht University were not able to attend this year’s event but they did send through a presentation and an information sheet for those interested in applying to universities in Europe.
As well as the presentations above we also completed exercises in ‘searching for courses and universities’. You can also follow this link to an example of a personal statement and a proforma detailing how to write these important documents. All Y12 pupils moving through to Y13 are expected to arrive back in September with a carefully thought through draft of their statement.
I hope that those of you who managed to attend the various sessions found them useful. Please note that we are not trying to push students in any particular direction but we are making sure that they have as much information as possible when making these difficult decisions.
Any questions or comments regarding the HE week would be gladly received.
Head of Sixth Form
Resources from the 2011 Higher Education Week are included here for reference:
As well as presentations by speakers we also completed exercises on 'searching courses and universities'. One was completed by students alone and the other by parents with their sons or daughters. Furthermore, an example of a personal statement as well as a proforma detailing how to write these was handed out and is included here.
The following short videos show various Sixth Form pupils talking about life at Shiplake.
Taking a Shiplake College average from the last three years, over 80% of Sixth Formers progress to university, 10% head off on a Gap Year while around 8% go straight into employment. Over a quarter of Shiplake Sixth Formers depart for business and management related courses with biology, history and geography as popular options too.
The 2013 cohort demonstrated the strength of Shiplake’s careers provision with over 85% of pupils achieving a place at their first choice institution, considerably above the national average of 65%. Just three leavers had to use the clearing process in search of a place. With a team of sixth form tutors, gaining experience of the UCAS system, hopefully this high rate of success will be maintained.
In 2013 pupils proceeded to a range of universities including Bath, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford Brookes, Exeter, Queen's Mary London, and Birmingham. In addition, Jo Unsworth won a full scholarship to go to Miami University in the USA.
Rehearsals are now almost complete for the 2010 Shiplake Christmas performance of “Nativity”, which will take place in the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul from the 8thto the 11thof December. With a cast drawn from all areas of the Shiplake community including the local butcher, staff and students from the College and members of the Year 6 class at Shiplake Primary School, the production promises to be a truly village affair. The lighting and staging has been planned and puppets are currently being constructed in the College’s Art Department. In addition the College Chamber, Church and Community Choirs are hard at work rehearsing the carols and music to be included.
Thanks to the generosity of Hobbs of Henley and GMECH Marine services, who will be providing a crane free of charge, a star will be hoisted high into the air above Shiplake to guide Nativity-goers on their way. A camel has been sponsored by thanks to the generosity of the local community from funeral directors to local pensioners and will enjoy a starring role in the production alongside the Wise Men.
Demand for tickets has been unprecedented and the College has had to add extra performances to the schedule to accommodate those who were disappointed in the first instance.
Head of Drama Miss Catherine Saker commented: “This is a very different Nativity and we are thrilled that so many members of the Shiplake community will be involved in the production. It has been quite a commitment for those taking part, with a number of rehearsals in the evenings and at weekends. We think it will be a very unusual Christmas performance and hope it will be a great success.”
Gregg Davies, Headmaster, added; “The Shiplake Drama Department has become known for the range of works it has tackled over the past few years. We have enjoyed Pinter, pantomime, and musical theatre and for the past two summers our theatre company has performed in the Botanical Gardens in Oxford. We are very much looking forward to a different take on the traditional Christmas story.”
External and Mock Exam Information for the 2013-2014 Academic Year:
Mock Exams (January)
Years 12 and 13 do their exams in the week beginning Jan 20th, followed by Year 11 in the week beginning Jan 27th. Exams are timetabled into 2 lesson slots; adjustments will be made for extra time where necessary.