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Shiplake College offers boarding and day school facilities for boys from 11-18 and girls from 16-18, with girls joining Year 7 from September 2023. As well as providing a fantastic learning and living environment for young people, Shiplake offers an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding working environment.

We strive to recruit the best possible teaching and support staff to drive the College forwards and ensure we continue to provide the best possible rounded education for our pupils. Our recruitment selection and disclosures policy can be accessed at the link below.

Recruitment Policy

For all teaching appointments, a willingness to participate in the varied extra-curricular life of a busy boarding and day school is essential. Shiplake has a contributory pension scheme (TPS or alternative option for support staff) and its own salary scale. Accommodation may be available on site and further paid responsibilities may also be available. Excellence in the classroom and an ability to inspire young people are paramount and non-negotiable.

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Shiplake College offers a beautiful working environment, supportive colleagues and all staff enjoy a free lunch and evening meal if on duty. In addition, staff are encouraged to make use of the onsite gym facilities, open air swimming (during summer months), and join a variety of staff teams such as football, touch rugby and cricket.

Current Vacancies

Teacher of Geography

Fixed term contract
Starting by 1 January 2024 for up to seven months

We are looking to recruit a new Teacher of Geography on a fixed term contract. We would welcome applications from suitable candidates who are available on or before 1 January 2024.

Do you believe in adding value to every single pupil? Do you want to work in a school where every pupil is challenged to achieve their personal best? Do our three core values of inclusive, individual and inspirational resonate with you?

If this sounds like you and you like sweet treats in the staff room, the idea of dogs around site and a calendar of staff socials then, please, read on.

Shiplake College is seeking to appoint a dynamic and enthusiastic Teacher of Geography to teach across Years 7-13. This is a superb opportunity for a suitably qualified practitioner to join a successful and innovative department. The role would suit an energetic teacher committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning; a teacher who can inspire and challenge all of our pupils to achieve their personal bests.

Applications are welcomed from inspirational teachers who will strive for excellence in all aspects of the geography curriculum. This could present a great opportunity for an ECT.

Teacher of Geography (Fixed Term Contract) Candidate Pack

Teaching Staff Application Form

Closing date: Friday 1 December 2023, 10.00am
Interviews: To be held as soon as possible

Bank Nurses

£19.15 per hour plus benefits

We are seeking compassionate and dedicated Registered Nurses who are looking to make a difference.

Are you looking more flexibility within your working hours, some additional hours or the chance to widen your experience? Do our three core values of inclusive, individual and inspirational resonate with you?

You are invited to join us at Shiplake College, rated as excellent in all areas by ISI, and become part of our bank nurse team supporting our dedicated Medical Wing team.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent free lunches and a contributory pension scheme together with access to our gym and sporting facilities and an excellent working environment.

Bank Nurses Candidate Pack

Support Staff Application Form

Application Deadline: Applications considered upon receipt
Interviews: By arrangement, as soon as possible


40 hours per week (applications for part-time work will be considered)
Salary circa £20,000 to £29,000 depending on experience

Are you passionate about sports turf maintenance? Do you enjoy working outdoors and contributing to the upkeep of beautiful grounds?

An exciting opportunity awaits you at our prestigious College with cricket, rugby, football pitches, and AstroTurf, all located in a stunning riverside setting. We are dedicated to ensuring our grounds are maintained to the highest standards and as our sports facilities expand, we are looking for enthusiastic people to grow our team.

As a Groundsperson, you will be part of the grounds team and your responsibilities will include:

  • Preparation and maintenance of sports turf areas, including marking out, mowing, scarifying, and aeration
  • Supporting sports turf renovation activities such as top dressing and overseeding
  • Maintaining the surrounding areas, including hedges, fences, pathways, lawns, flowerbeds, and shrubberies
  • Operating and maintaining grounds maintenance equipment such as mowers, strimmers, leaf blowers, and tractors
  • Ensuring cleanliness and tidiness in tools, workshops, and storage rooms
  • Conducting regular inspections to ensure the safety and quality of playing surfaces
  • Assisting with the planning and scheduling of grounds maintenance tasks
  • Supporting the growth of our facilities by maintaining and expanding pitches

To excel in this role, you should possess the following qualities:

  • Professional grounds maintenance experience or an appetite to learn
  • Sound knowledge and use of horticultural machinery or appetite to learn
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • High attention to detail and commitment to maintaining high standards
  • Physically fit, adaptable to changing schedules and working in various weather conditions
  • Enthusiasm and dedication to contributing to a thriving school environment
  • An interest in supporting the growth of our sports facilities

Hours of Work: This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week with an unpaid lunch hour and two paid 20-minute breaks. Additional hours will be required throughout the year, including weekend working for sporting and other events. Overtime attracts an additional payment.

We are ideally looking for an experienced grounds person however we will also consider applications if you have a keen interest in grounds or limited experience. We support personal growth and can offer comprehensive training and development opportunities.

Groundsperson Candidate Pack

Support Staff Application Form

Application Deadline: Friday 8 December, 10.00am
Interviews: Week commencing Monday 11 December

To Apply

To apply for a current vacancy please complete the relevant application form provided and return, with a covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, via email to [email protected].

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact, Mrs Maria Moir, HR Manager on [email protected] or 01189 405 218.

The College reserves the right to appoint before the application deadline.

If you should have any queries regarding employment at Shiplake College, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Shiplake College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Shiplake College is also committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

51% female teaching staff (2023-2024)