Tuesday, 19th August 2014

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 smitran@shiplake.org.uk 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. 



Thursday, 14th August 2014

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.









Wednesday, 13th August 2014

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.

Wednesday, 13th August 2014

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. 

Monday, 11th August 2014

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.