YEAR 7 (11+ ENTRY)

Boys joining the College in Year 7 join our Lower School which was opened in 2009. Years 7 and 8 can now accommodate day pupils, flexi-boarders (up to two nights a week), weekly boarders (4 nights a week Monday to Thursday) and full boarders. A different fee structure applies to Years 7 and 8.

Our 11+ entry is particularly appropriate for boys applying from maintained sector primary schools, or preparatory schools that finish after Year 6. Boys applying for places in Year 7 will be invited to attend an assessment day at the College in the January of the year of entry. This will involve English and mathematics tests, written and marked by our Heads of Department, followed by a series of short literacy and numeracy assessments. After lunch boys participate in a variety of activities, indoors and outdoors. Applicants will also have a short, informal interview with a senior staff member such as a Housemaster.

The purpose of the assessment day is to allow our experienced staff to determine whether each boy would thrive in Shiplake College’s active, educational environment. A confidential report will also be sought from each candidate’s present school.

Late Entry for 2019/2020

We have had unprecedented interest in Year 7 places this year and expect to be full for September 2019. If you would like your son to be considered for a place on the waiting list, please call the Admissions Team on 0118 940 5221.


September 2020 Entry

Key dates and deadlines for 2020 Year 7 entry are shown below.

Date Event
Saturday 23 March 2019, Saturday 9 November 2019 College Open Morning - Register here
November 2019 Taster Days for Year 6 Boys
Friday 29 November 2019 Deadline for Registrations and Applications for Scholarships and Bursaries
December 2019 References Obtained from Current Schools
13, 16, 20 and 23 January 2020 Year 7 Assessment Days
January 2020 Scholarship Assessments 
Tuesday 25 February 2020 Unconditional Offers and Decision Letters Sent
Monday 16 March 2020 Deadline for Place Acceptances
April 2020 Onwards Waiting List Candidates/Late Applications Considered Subject to Availability
Spring and Summer 2020 Welcome Events

Year 7 Application Timetable For September 2020 Entry 


Academic, music and sport scholarships are available at Year 7, as is one 100% All-rounder Scholarship aimed at a boy who would otherwise be unable to join Shiplake College.

Further details of scholarships available to Year 7 applicants are available on the scholarships page

Applications for these must be received in line with the registration deadline. See Year 7 Admissions Timeline for 2019.

Year 7 Taster Days

Boys in Year 6 who are considering joining Shiplake College at Year 7 have the opportunity to attend a taster day (and sleepover). These normally take place in the November prior to entry (when the boys are in Year 6). More information about tasters.

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Assistant, Mrs Hayley Young, at

Registration Form

Please click here to complete an online registration.

Contact Details

Mrs Esther Pasmore, Admissions Registrar

2 applications per place for entry at Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form
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