The College reviews fees annually, with any changes taking place at the beginning of each academic year. Any fee amendments are notified to parents at the end of the preceding academic year.

Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee of £100 is payable when a pupil’s name is first registered for entry. This is the first stage of the admissions process and ensures that a pupil will be considered for entry.

Acceptance Deposit

Upon receiving an offer to join Shiplake College, a deposit of £1,000 is required in order to confirm your child’s place. The deposit for pupils outside the European Union is £10,650, equivalent to one term's fees. The acceptance deposit will be retained by the College until the pupil leaves and will be returned in full unless parents wish to donate all or part of the deposit to the College.

College Fees

Fees are charged termly in advance and are inclusive of all the normal maintenance and recreational requirements of each pupil. Also included in the fees are: Academic lessons and text books; sports coaching; two meals a day and snacks (plus breakfast for boarders); laundry (not day pupils); pastoral support from Housemaster and Tutor; medical cover; a full time Chaplaincy; access to ICT and the internet; a 45 acre riverside site for outdoor activities; extensive co-curricular activities programme; plays and concerts in the Tithe Barn and Sports Hall; music rehearsal facilities; The Thinking Space; transport to matches, museums and plays (if mandatory part of the curriculum); accommodation for private study; careers advice; personal accident insurance; House subscriptions; Old Viking Society membership.

The fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are:

Years 9-13:

Full Boarding: £10,650 per term

Weekly Boarding: £9,990 per term (up to 6 nights a week)

Flexi-Boarding: £8,190 per term (up to 2 nights a week)

Day: £7,160 per term

Overnight Stay: £49.50

Years 7-8:

Full Boarding: £10,650 per term

Day: £5,700 per term

Weekly Boarding: £7,990 per term (up to 4 nights a week)

Flexi-Boarding: £6,730 (up to 2 nights a week)

Overnight Stay: £49.50

Additional Charges 

We make every effort to ensure our fees are as close to 'all-inclusive' as possible but there will inevitably be some additional charges added to the bill, examples of which are found below:


Occasional outings with tutors, some visits to the theatre or cinema and parties or dances/socials at other schools may also be charged on account. We believe these are an essential part of the full programme of activities that should be offered in a boarding school.


All pupils are encouraged to learn a musical instrument and free tuition is given during timetabled lessons in Years 7 and 8. Individual 35-minute lessons for all instruments are charged at £25 per lesson (2017-2018). Charges are raised one term in advance. As part-time music staff are contracted on parents’ behalf, written notice one term in advance is required to stop lessons.

Overnight Accommodation and Exeat Weekends

Where there is sufficient space, parents may apply for day pupils to stay overnight at the College for a maximum of two nights per week. This may take place in any of the Houses where beds are available and not necessarily in the pupil's allocated House. All applications must be made in writing at least 72 hours in advance to the pupil’s Housemaster. Charges will be added to the pupil’s end of term fee invoice. If the pupil will be staying overnight regularly they may pay the flexi-boarding rate which results in a discount on the equivalent two nights' stay.

More information on flexi-boarding can be found here

Accommodation Charge
Overnight stay £49.50 per night
Exeat weekend £97.50 per weekend
Exeat weekend (including a Bank Holiday) £135 per weekend


Learning Development and EAL

Fees for places in the Learning Development Department (Core Places), which include three additional timetabled lessons of additional support per week, are charged at £1,100 per term (2017-2018).

Fees for English as an Additional Language (EAL), which include three additional timetabled lessons per week, are currently charged at £1,100 per term (2017-2018). For further information, please see the EAL policy below.

English as an Additional Language Policy

Private Tuition

If parents wish a pupil to have private tuition, then they should contact the Housemaster who will do his best to arrange it with one of the teaching staff. If a teacher feels a pupil needs extra help, he informs the Housemaster who, in turn, suggests it to parents. Only when their approval is received does private tuition start. At the end of term, the teacher concerned submits an account and report to the parents who are asked to pay him/her directly. Charges for private tuition for 2017-2018 are as follows:

  GCSE A Level
Individual Lessons £36 per hour £38 per hour
Two Pupils Together £25 per hour £30 per hour
Three Pupils Together £22 per hour £24 per hour
Public Examination Fees

Public Examination Fees are charged to the pupil’s account. A further charge has to be made when a pupil uses a computer, a reader or an amanuensis for an examination.

Clubs and Societies

If a pupil selects a certain club or society as his/her minor activity (for example golf or riding), parental approval is required in writing, as there is an additional charge of about £80 - £90 per term. There are also additional rowing subs for those that are part of the Boat Club which are charged termly and may cost between £40 and £80 depending on the pupil.


The insurances detailed below are currently available but subject to change for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Healthcare – Parents may opt for pupils to be covered by a private medical scheme. If required, a subscription for AXA PPP of £75 (incl Insurance Premium Tax) is added to accounts to provide cover against the cost of private specialist and hospital treatment. However, this does not cover the cost of prescriptions, dentists and some medical specialists not covered by AXA PPP, and parents will be charged for any extra cost arising from these.

Personal Effects - Unless covered by their home household policy, parents are strongly advised to take out the Personal Effects insurance scheme offered by the school as the main school insurance policy does not cover personal effects. Please note that there is a £5,000 limit to insurance cover, single item limit of £2,000, bicycle limit of £350, watches and individual items of jewellery limit of £500 and a claims excess of £25 or £100 for laptop claims. The premium is currently £10.08 per term and the following items are excluded:

mobile phones and accessories, cars and accessories, watercraft and accessories, cash, currency, bank notes and stamps, data reinstatement, media downloads like music files, computer games and videos, accidental damage to tapes, records, cassettes, discs or computer software, contact or corneal lenses, bicycle tyres, lamps and accessories unless the bicycle is stolen or damaged at the same time, bicycles not locked or chained to an immoveable object when unattended, loss or damage caused by general wear and tear, electrical or mechanical breakdown or caused deliberately, theft from an unattended locked motor vehicle , unless the item was locked in the boot or glovebox and there is evidence of forcible and violent entry, items of jewellery other than watches with an individual value over £150 without proof of valuation, watches with an individual value in excess of £500. Terrorism.

School Fees Refund Scheme The School Fees Refund scheme is optional and is available at a premium of 1.58% of the termly rate for boarders or 1.37% of the termly rate for day pupils. This scheme secures a refund if your child cannot attend school because of illness or injury.

Further details on all insurances are available from the Policies and Downloads page.



Daily bus transport to and from Shiplake College is available and is charged on termly accounts in advance; click here for details of routes and charges. Transport can also arranged for boarders to and from Reading Station at exeats and half terms or pupils may book taxis through the College office; charges for occasional transport will be made in arrears. A bus route to and from West London is also available, running on Sunday evenings, Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, ideal for weekly boarders.

Medical Appointments

In the case of emergencies/accidents, the school will arrange transport as necessary. Where parents are unable to accompany pupils for routine/pre-arranged appointments, the following (2017-2018) charges will apply:

Accompanied (by staff member): £18.50 per hour + Taxi Charge

Unaccompanied (ie by taxi): Taxi Charge

Travel Money

It is not the school’s policy to advance travel money or money for visits of a purely recreational nature. Parents who live abroad must deposit sufficient money for travel with their child’s Housemaster (and for any other expenses at half term or for exeat weekends).

School Uniform

Haircuts, additional or missing uniform, etc. are also charged to pupils’ accounts.

Our fees are regularly monitored to ensure we continue to provide the best possible value for money.
Shiplake College Governor