Parents' Association

The Shiplake College Parents' Association was founded in 2009 to enable parents from across the school to meet socially.

Christmas Decorations - Old Shiplake Blazers and Old Large Baubles

We hope that many of you had the chance to view the Christmas decorations that the Parents' Association placed in the Great Hall over Christmas. Next year we are going to try to return to a theme of the Shiplake College colours but our stocks of decorations are running low. During the coming year, when your sons grow-out-of, wear-out or irretrievably damage their blazers please let us have them, whatever the condition. You can sell the better ones through the 2nd hand uniform store for a small return, but we can make use of all other badly damaged/worn-out blazers for Christmas decorations. Please bring any items (for resale or recycling) to Fran or Suzette on Reception. If you have any old, large Christmas baubles that you do not require after Christmas, we can make use of those also. 

2012-2013 Report

The Parents' Association had a brilliant 2012-2013, with lots of events and support from parents:

  • The Summer Ball was a fantastic evening with around 170 guests attending. As ever, Thomas Franks produced superb food and there was an amazing band which kept the dance floor full from the first note to the last. The money tree and silent auction worked well and resulted in the Parents’ Association donating £2000 to the Kumali Mission Hospital in Uganda on behalf of all parents.
  • Welcome cream teas were held for all new parents in September and were well attended
  • The Headmaster’s Quiz night had an Olympic theme  this year and was  a sell out. The vast majority of people wore red white and blue and a great night was had by one and all.
  • Welcome cream teas were held for all new parents in September and were well attended
  • The Christmas Fayre proved another success for both stall holders and Christmas shoppers. Most of the stall holders have already asked if they can come back next year and a few asked if we would think about a Spring fayre!
  • The PA provided the half the funds (ca £8,000) to purchase an indoor marquee to improve the look of the Sports Hall for non-sporting events. This has already been put to good use on Open Days.

Contact Information

For further information about the Parents’ Association please contact the Chair, Mike Whitfield, by email at

All parents are warmly encouraged to join us and details of events are circulated in the weekly Friday newsletter.