GCSE Results Day Arrangements

Results from this year’s GCSE examinations are released on Thursday 21 August.

Parents and pupils can access the results online via the Parents’ Portal from 6.00am on Thursday morning. Upon logging in, the results can be obtained by opening the Inquiries tab and selecting External Exam Results. A table will be displayed outlining module and overall grades. Module grades for each unit will be displayed in lower case, while overall subject grades will be in capital letters.

Some parents, who registered to ResultsPlusDirect (for Edexcel results) last year, may have received an email about activating their account. Please note that this service is no longer required as Shiplake College collates all the results from the various exam boards and displays them together via the Parent Portal.

Please contact the Data Manager, Mr Mitran, on if you require assistance with accessing the Parent Portal.

The College will also be open to Year 10  and 11 pupils between 8.00am and 3.00pm for results collection either in person or via telephone. Any uncollected results slips will be posted out at the end of the working day.

External candidates who are joining us in Year 12 are politely requested to email their results to College Registrar Jackie Thomas as soon as possible.

We wish all pupils the very best of luck, and hope the hard work displayed over the last two years has paid off. 



Sixth Formers Celebrate Examination Results

The moment of truth for Sixth Form pupils arrived today as their A Level examination results were revealed. The hard work and preparation put in by our students across their time at Shiplake appears to have paid dividends, as 89% have secured places at their chosen universities. This figure could rise further in the hours and days to come as institutions assess candidates who have narrowly missed the entrance requirements.

Several students have delivered exceptional individual performances and deserve special recognition. Sophie Arnold achieved A*AA in History, English and Media respectively which is a magnificent achievement. She comfortably exceeded the entrance requirements from the University of Warwick, where she will begin studying in September. A* grades were also attained by Danny Rumbelow and Hux Loudon in Art. The Art Department were very pleased indeed to see over 50% of their Year 13 cohort achieve A grades or above.

Other delighted faces on Thursday morning included Freddie Lang (Mathematics, Economics, Biology) and Charlie Hancock (History, Economics, English), who both achieved ABB grades. Charlie will be moving to Bristol to study at the University of the West of England. Meg Barron-Cutts is also travelling west to Bath to study English and Drama, after gaining three Bs.

Headmaster Gregg Davies explained: “We are pleased with the results our Sixth Form leavers have achieved. Across all subjects taken, 8% of candidates gained an average per entry of 120 UCAS points or more (equivalent of A grades), 32% gained an average of 100 UCAS points or more (equivalent of B grades or above), and 78% achieved an average of 80 UCAS points or more (equivalent to C grades or above). These results do not include any further scores gained at AS Level, and put the majority of our students in a strong position to access higher education courses of their choosing.”

Year 12 pupils also learned the results of their AS examinations today. Overall, the module grades look very promising and there is plenty for them to build upon next year. The Headmaster reserved special praise for Freddie Ireland and Jamie Mottram who performed admirably, achieving straight As and three As and a B respectively. Mr Davies commented: "Freddie and Jamie will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Sophie Arnold next year and are both considering Oxbridge applications alongside new Head of College Yeem Chanthanawan."

At the start of term, all pupils will be given guidance and advice on which subjects to continue studying and whether any remarks or re-sits are required.









A Level Results Day Arrangements

Results from this year’s A2 and AS examinations are released on Thursday 14 August. We wish all pupils the very best of luck ahead of collecting their results. The arrangements for results day are outlined below:

A2 Level Results Collection (Year 13)

Results will be available online via our Parents’ Portal from 06.00am on Thursday 14th August. Results can be accessed by opening the Inquiries tab and selecting External Exam Results. A table of modules will be displayed. Letters in lower case represent module grades, while overall grades are represented by capitalised letters.

All pupils applying to university in the UK should log on to the UCAS website to verify whether they have been accepted onto their first choice or reserve courses.

The College will also be open to Year 13 pupils between 07.00am – 3.00pm for results collection either in person or by telephone.  Uncollected result slips will be posted at the end of the working day. Senior staff and careers advisors will be on hand to advise on matters such as university choices, clearing and re-marks.

AS Level Results Collection (Year 13)

Results will be available online via our Parents’ Portal from 06.00am on Thursday 14th August. Results will be accessed by opening the Inquiries tab, and selecting School Reports. Here a Year 12 Results Summary will be found.

It is important to remember that the AS Grades displayed will be provisional. It is possible that pupils may want to re-sit AS modules at the end of Year 13 to improve their grades.

The College will also be open to Year 12 pupils from 09.00am-3.00pm for results collection either in person or by telephone. Please do not contact the school before 09.00am, as staff will be busy with the crucial task of supporting Year 13 pupils with university applications. Any uncollected result slips will be posted at the end of the working day.

John Turner Building Edges Towards Grand Opening

After the worst winter weather in recent memory, our John Turner Building construction team could be forgiven for slipping behind schedule. However, with almost three weeks still to go until the start of term, construction has been completed and they have handed over to interior fit-out specialists bang on time to ensure the building is fully functional for staff and pupils to move in come September.

At this stage in the project, it is becoming very easy to visualise the exceptional facilities pupils will have at their disposal, in the new Music Department and Lecture Theatre on the ground floor, contemporary Thinking Space and Learning Development Department on the first floor, and bright, spacious Art Department on the second.

All flooring has now been installed, including the ‘mood carpets’ and artificial grass in the Thinking Space. Bespoke furniture and technology will soon follow, with state-of-the-art television display screens available to teachers in every classroom to facilitate fully interactive lessons.  

These photographs give you a sneak preview of what to expect, with an ‘open house’ official opening on Friday 19 September. The College would like to thank all those who have generously contributed to our John Turner Fundraising Campaign, which has ensured pupils will have access to the best possible facilities and learning resources. We have now passed the 99% milestone and are just £997 short of the £100,000 target. If you would still like to donate, please visit the development page for further information. 

New Housemaster Outlines Skipwith Targets

It has been a summer of change at Shiplake, with many staff members preparing to begin new roles when term begins in September. For most, the preparation has already begun, with six new Housemasters familiarising themselves with new environments ahead of welcoming pupils back to the College.

New Skipwith Housemaster Mr Alex Duncan is planning to build upon the work of his predecessor Mr Keith Settle, ensuring a great sense or team spirit and togetherness is felt in the House and spreads across all inter-House events. In his latest blog post, Mr Duncan reviews the progress made last year and set his expectations for the months to come:

“With the new academic year just three weeks away, it seems appropriate to review last year's sporting, music and drama achievements and set some targets for 2014-15.

The Baldry Cup is the prize for the House scoring most points through the year for various  inter-house events. The final standings for 2013/14 were

Orchard - 155

Skipwith - 125

Everett - 109

Burr - 73

Welsh - 61 

This shows there is a strong correlation between pupil numbers and success. There are plans afoot to make sure all houses can be competitive and therefore a more even contest is expected next year. The main successes for Skipwith were in winning Senior Tennis and Senior Cross-Country, whilst the Juniors won the Football and Hockey tournaments. The junior teams were generally more consistent across all sports, which is a good sign for the future! 

In drama and music, Skipwith gave admirable performances but finished in mid table. The amount of musical talent in house is inspirational however, and we aim for a strong showing next year." 

The target has to be to improve participation, achieve personal bests and enjoy all the activities. If we do that we can all be proud!”

To view more photos and read updates on the goings-on in Skipwith throughout the year, keep an eye on the Skipwith House Blog. 

More Successes at Henley Town Regatta

Shiplake College pupils representing the Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club enjoyed further successes last weekend at the Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta.

The Town Regatta is a traditional event which was first held 139 years ago in 1875. It is very different from the exclusive, globally-recognised Royal Regatta as it is open to rowers of all ages and abilities. Local residents and visitors are able to relax on the famous Royal Regatta lawns, however, and enjoy the racing.

This year’s event took place on Saturday 2 August and featured almost 200 crews predominantly from clubs across the Home Counties and London. The Shiplake Vikings, who race in the school holidays, wear the same iconic bumblebee kit as College rowers, making them instantly recognisable to spectators and their fellow competitors.

Races were run upstream over 800m of the famous Henley course, much of which was also used for the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games held in London. Crews competed 3-abreast, adding an extra element of excitement to the finals.

In the morning, two Shiplake crews entered the final of the J16 double skulls. Seb Newman (pictured recently at Egham Regatta; right) and Henry Blois-Brook followed up their recent victory at the National Championships by securing another winning pot. They saw of our Slovenian friends from Bled Rowing Club by ¾ of a length.

Ollie Gerrard and his partner came third in that race but he was not perturbed as he returned to the river in afternoon and navigated his way through the J16 singles quarter and semi-finals. In the final, he faced up against two rowers from Leander’s Star and Arrow Club. Posting an impressive time of 3:23, Ollie won easily to collect his first cup of the summer.

Shiplake Bids Farewell to Leaving Staff

As the 2013-2014 academic year drew to a close, the Shiplake community waved goodbye to a number of staff members. As they prepare to move on to pastures new, we take a look back on their time at Shiplake.

The most notable departure is undoubtedly that of Richard Mannix, who spent an unprecedented 34 consecutive years at the College. Richard originally joined in 1980 as a Biology teacher, but over the next three and a half decades took on numerous important roles including Head of Biology, Welsh House Resident Tutor, Orchard Housemaster, Director or Studies and Senior Master.

The entire Mannix family has been heavily involved in Shiplake life. Richard’s wife Fran continues to work in the College Reception, while their children Nick, Kate and Joanna were all pupils during the “noughties”. Richard introduced a whole host of academic improvements at Shiplake, but will also be remembered fondly for his contributions to hockey and music. He coached the 1st XI for a decade before taking of the U15A side. He also organised annual rock concerts and built a recording studio in the water tower. Regrettably for health and safety reasons we are unable to use this facility anymore, but Richard’s legacy will undoubtedly live on.

Richard is only semi-retiring, as he plans to continue his work as a lead ISI inspector, as well as pursuing a range of other interests. We are sure Richard will remain a familiar face around the College, but his day-to-day input will be sorely missed.

Head of Chemistry Carin Erasmus is moving on to Hampton School after 7 hugely successful years at Shiplake. South African Carin developed a reputation for being ‘firm but fair’ with pupils, who all know she had their best interests at heart. She describes Shiplake as a ‘home away from home’, and loved the endless opportunities to enjoy being active outdoors. If there was ever camping, walking, kayaking, canoeing, archery or anything similarly adventurous involved, Carin was sure to be there!

 Suitably, Carin was Head of Girls’ Games for 5 years and was heavily involved in DofE and CCF. Since 2011, Carin has been Resident Tutor in Gilson House, where the staff and Sixth Form girls will miss her greatly.

Welsh Houseparents and accomplished choristers Simon and Lucy Balderson are moving to Somerset to join Wells Cathedral School. Wells is a specialist music school which will provide an environment which the Baldersons and their two young children will enjoy over the years to come. Simon instigated significant advances in technology during his time at Shiplake, including designing and maintaining our current website. He also oversaw a transition across all year groups from ICT towards Computing. We thank Simon and Lucy for all their efforts.

Jack Caine has only taught ICT at Shiplake for two years but the impact he made makes it feel like he has been here far, far longer. Jack became a surrogate member of the Dix family immediately, having joined Burr House as Resident Tutor. In his first year, Jack won the Camel Cup awarded by the Senior Common Room to the staff member who goes over and above the call of duty in multiple elements of Shiplake life. This is testament to Jack’s commitment to his role. Such a popular member of staff will be difficult to replace, but we wish Jack well in his new role in Chelmsford.

Debbie Clark has been part of our Modern Foreign Languages team since September 2007.  Though part-time, she has always been extremely dedicated to ensure her students are well supported in developing their confidence and skills.  Debbie can claim to know more students than most colleagues as she has taught French to all new Year 7 pupils. She is now planning to work with her husband. The MFL team will also have to cope with the loss of Gaby Langdon, who has taken a promotion to Head of Department at Bulmershe School. Gaby is one of the friendliest faces around the Shiplake campus, with her infectious enthusiasm and happiness always rubbing off on the pupils. She also excelled inside the classroom, where she inspired many boys to carry on studying languages as the moved on to GCSE and A Level. Good luck, Gaby!

In September, our close friends at Shrewsbury School will welcome Mathematics teacher Tom Fitton who is departing Shiplake after 3 years. In addition to his teaching, Tom was a popular Resident Tutor in Welsh and a valued member of our rowing coaching team. He often accompanied senior rowers to GB trials and other national events.  Andrea Magee is also leaving the College. Andrea was a Sixth Form tutor to girls in Gilson House and also worked part-time in our English Department.

Dr Jo Hart has been a part time science teacher for 7 years. Jo thoroughly enjoyed her first teaching post after taking time out with her family. She taught physics, biology and chemistry up to GCSE level and also helped with the College CCF. Jo is joining her husband at Pangbourne College where she will continue to teacher Physics and Biology. The Business Department is waving goodbye to Niki Jaj, who brought her wealth of business experience to the classroom. Niki enjoyed working with the Young Enterprise teams and also ran the College Film Club. During her final year at Shiplake Niki completed her PGCE and is heading down the road to Gillotts School to teach GCSE Business Studies.

Described as a ‘hero’ by many pupils, Director of Sport Austin Kersey is moving onto pastures new after 2 years at Shiplake. He gave great support and advice to pupils, who enjoyed the banter he shared with staff and boys alike. Austin enthusiastically threw himself into all sporting activities and taught engaging PE lessons. As an important batsman in the Shiplake Wanderers staff cricket team, he will be particularly missed by captain Mr Howorth. Another significant loss to sport at Shiplake, particularly rowing, is Tom Rendell. Tom joined as a rowing coach and graduate teaching assistant but his passion and flair for history soon filled his timetable. His upbeat and fun-loving nature made him a popular member of the Senior Common Room, and amongst Lower School pupils who he taught regularly. Tom’s impact on the Boat Club will be missed, along with his truly inspirational corridor wall displays, including his famous take on ‘moustaches over the years’.  

Since arriving as Head of Geography in September 2010, George Seccombe has been very much involved in all aspects of life at Shiplake. Numbers opting for the subject at GCSE and A level have grown considerably, and George was also responsible for introducing the popular BTEC Travel and Tourism qualification to the Sixth Form curriculum. George is affectionately known to many as ‘The General’, due to this dedication to the College CCF. He has also been busy on the sports field, as lead coach of the 3rd XV rugby and U15A cricket teams. George leaves the College to assume the post of Head of Geography at Haileybury School.

All our leavers will be greatly missed but we hope to keep in touch with them all as members of our Old Viking Society. We wish them all the very best for the future. Over the coming weeks, we will introduce you to the new members of our teaching staff who, despite having tough acts to follow, cannot wait to get started at Shiplake. 

Senior Cricketers Edge Out Predecessors

In June, former Shiplake cricketers returned to the College for entertaining fixtures against the staff and current 1st XI. 

On a glorious Friday evening, the staff and OVS enjoyed a closely-fought twenty20 contest which went down to the wire. Many old rivalries were resumed, including an entertaining father and son duel between College Housemaster Mr Nick Brown and his Old Viking son Ian. Staff skipper Mr Howorth won the toss and elected to bat first. Notable performances from Mr Miller and Mr Mallins peppered the prize-giving marquee and gave the staff a solid total to defend. However, the OVS batted sensibly in reply, and managed to hit the winning runs in the very last over. 

On Saturday, the OVS batted first but struggled in the heat with tight bowling from the 1st XI restricting their run rate. Harry Ibbitson took 6 for 31 as the OVS were bowled out for 128 in 29 overs. OVS captain Sasha Burgess had a tough task rallying his troops in the field, but they were boosted by the return of pacey seamer Zac Jones. 

However, wickets proved hard to come by and it took just 21 overs for the youngsters to chase down the modest total. Callum Boyd ended on 67 not out as the 1st XI secured a 7 wicket victory. 

Thanks to all those who played in and supported this event. More photos can be seen on the Old Vikings Facebook Page

Shiplake Prepares to Host Fifth Triathlon

On Sunday 10 August, athletes from across the Home Counties and further afield will descend on Shiplake for the fifth annual Shiplake College triathlon.

With 45 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, directly overlooking the River Thames, the College site provides an ideal location for a triathlon, and the event has proved popular with competitors and spectators alike since its introduction in 2010.

Entrants can choose between the standard (1.5km Swim; 27.5km Bike; 7km Run) and sprint (750m Swim; 14km Bike; 5km Run) distances, with both races following the same course with varying numbers of laps.

The challenge begins with a swim in the River Thames. Having swum upstream to the Lynch island, Sprint triathletes turn around to complete their half-lap while those completing the Standard distance travel a further 375m towards Sonning before embarking on the downstream return.

The flat and fast bike course takes cyclists out onto the A4155, down to the roundabout at Playhatch before travelling up to Harpsden and back to the College. The run takes in the picturesque views along the Thames tow path and through the College grounds before finishing in front of the cricket pavilion. 

There will be prizes for the top three male and female finishers, as well as juniors and veterans. For many, however, the triathlon is more about participation and all runners will receive bespoke medals.

Feeling inspired? There is still time to enter online. Please click here for further information or jump straight to the entry form.

Spectators are of course more than welcome. For those that can brave an early start, the race begins at 7.00am. It will last throughout the morning, however, and any support will be greatly appreciated. 

Residential Trips Reward Lower School Pupils

To celebrate a successful academic year, Lower School pupils embarked on residential activity trips. Year 8 travelled to the Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre in the New Forest, while Year 7 visited PGL Liddington in Wiltshire.

Both year groups enjoyed a fantastic three days, with no injuries and a great deal of enjoyment shared by all. The Year 7 programme included fencing, abseiling, aeroball, open canoeing and archery, with all pupils rotating around the activities to try their hand at everything.  

Trip leader Mr Sam Beckett said: “The real highlights for the boys included a huge game of ‘capture the flag’, a session on robot man building and a dance off between Oli Frisby and Joseph Perry! Unsurprisingly, the boys also enjoyed the abundance of great food and the tuck shop.”

Year 8 visited the Beaulieu Motor Museum on route to their destination in Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Having arrived at the activity centre they had a busy few days of activities. The boys’ favourites included air rifle shooting, the ‘gladiator challenge’ and zip wire.

All staff who accompanied the trips would like to congratulate the vast majority boys who displayed a fantastic attitude and represented the College extremely well.