At Shiplake teaching and learning concentrates on delivering excellent teaching through small classes and individual attention with a supportive but stimulating environment.

Pupils have time to understand and explore their subjects thoroughly and the opportunity to ask questions and discuss interesting issues. Most pupils focus on nine GCSE subjects followed by 4 AS levels and then 3 A2's. Small classes and dedicated teaching staff make for a tailored academic experience.

Innovative teaching includes an open door policy between departments to share best practice, team-teaching within departments, peer assessment amongst pupils and lively debate within the common room. In this way pupils are able to take ownership of their own learning and make outstanding progress as a result. Our academic value-added results demonstrate the success of this approach.