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Shiplake College is an HMC co-educational boarding and day school offering a holistic education for around 520 pupils from Year 7 to Sixth Form. There has been a co-educational Sixth Form since 1998 and in September 2023 girls joined in Year 7 as we look to the future as a fully co-educational place of learning. 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 defined contribution pension scheme (APTIS 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 Photography (Maternity Cover)

Required for September 2024
Maternity cover fixed term contract for up to a year
Starting September 2024

Shiplake College is seeking to appoint a dynamic and enthusiastic Teacher of Photography to teach A-level Photography. We are looking for someone who is experienced in using Mac computers for Adobe Photoshop, has expertise in teaching across the ability range, with a love for art and photography, and a passion for promoting them in curricular and co-curricular time. The ability to teach art would be an advantage.

This post provides an excellent opportunity within a department with exceptional facilities and where results are consistently outstanding.

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 our pupils to achieve their personal bests. This could present a great opportunity for an ECT. 

Teacher of Photography Candidate Pack

Teaching Staff Application Form

Closing Date: Monday 13 May 2024, 10.00am
Interviews: Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May 2024

PA to the Bursar

Starting in June or shortly thereafter
Competitive salary depending on experience
Full time, all year round (some flexibility is required) 

We are seeking to appoint a highly skilled and experienced professional PA to the Bursar of Shiplake College. 

Previous experience working in schools is not essential however, previous experience as a PA is a prerequisite – preferably at senior level. The successful applicant will have excellent communication, organisational and IT skills; the ability to multitask, together with the skills needed to undertake a varied range of PA duties. Essential to the role is integrity, maintaining confidentiality and a calm and approachable manner.

This role will work 7.5 hours a day, Monday to Friday, all year round. Some flexibility is required in working hours for attendance at Governors’ meetings. We are open to considering longer daily hours during term time and shorter daily hours during holiday periods. Occasional hybrid working could be supported subject to business need.

PA to the Bursar Candidate Pack

Support Staff Application Form

Closing Date: Tuesday 7 May 2024, 10.00am
Interviews: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May 2024

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

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)