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We love welcoming visitors to the College to experience our beautiful environment and wonderful people and there are lots of opportunities to do this. We recommend that prospective parents and pupils join an Open Event for your initial visit (as long as timescales allow) but there are other events, formal and informal, which enable you to get to know us.

Open Events

Whole School Open Events

Open mornings begin with presentations from senior staff and pupils and include a tour of the College with opportunities to speak with staff and pupils in every department and facility. These events start at 9.00am and we would expect your visit to be concluded by midday. Confirmation of exact timings will be sent to attendees shortly before the event.

Whole College Open Event on Saturday 16 March 2024 - Booking Form

Should your chosen event be fully booked, please email Mrs Hayley Young to be added to the waiting list.

Headmaster's Lunches

We host regular Headmaster's lunch events where you can join a small number of other parents for lunch with the Headmaster and other senior staff and then have a tour of the College. Events start promptly at midday and are usually finished by around 1.30pm. Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis and these events have proved very popular.

If your preferred event is fully booked and you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email us with your details and your preferred date. These lunches are aimed at parents/guardians only.

  • Friday 22 September 2023
  • Friday 6 October 2023
  • Friday 20 October 2023
  • Friday 24 November 2023

Booking form for prospective Year 7 (11+) and Year 9 (13+) parents

Individual Visits

After attending an Open Event, you may wish to see the school in operation on a week day and/or to talk to senior staff in more detail. Please contact the Admissions Team to discuss your requirements and arrange a suitable date. Telephone 0118 970 4764 or email [email protected]

Tasters and Workshops

The College holds free taster events and workshops for pupils considering joining Shiplake. Pupils need not be formally registered with us in order to book onto one of these days. Booking forms will be available on this page as dates are confirmed.


Taster Days: Year 7 2024 (girls and boys in Year 6)

Taster Days begin with a welcome from the Headmaster at 10.30am and consist of three lessons and a sports session. Lunch and snacks are provided.

  • Tuesday 7 November
  • Tuesday 28 November
  • Friday 1 December

Year 7 2024 Taster Day Booking Form 


'Experience Shiplake' Taster Afternoon: Year 7 2024 (girls and boys in Year 6)

  • Tuesday 3 October

From 4.15pm until approximately 6.45pm and aimed at prospective pupils and their parents

This is an exciting opportunity for pupils to participate in a carousel of taster lessons. 

Parents will hear from key members of staff about life at Shiplake, engage in a Q&A session and have a guided tour of the College.

The event will end with hot-dogs for the pupils and refreshments for the adults at our activity centre overlooking the Thames. Places are strictly limited.

Experience Shiplake Booking Form


'Experience Rowing' 

June 2024 - date to be confirmed

Girl and boy rowers who want to take their rowing to the next level and are considering Shiplake College for Year 12 in 2025 are invited to an 'Experience Rowing at Shiplake' afternoon. In addition to training in the College's boathouse facility (The Davies Centre) and on the stretch of the River Thames that the College overlooks, participants will have a tour of the School, hear more about how rowing fits into the school day and also have the opportunity to ask any scholarship-related questions.


Should your chosen event be fully booked, please email Mrs Hayley Young to be added to the waiting list.

Virtual Visits and Tours

We have a number of videos and tours available below to give you a flavour of the College, its people and environment from the comfort of your own home:





Speak to Current Parents

We think that Shiplake College is a special place, but why not find out what parents of our current pupils think?

The Admissions Team can put you in touch with other parents to ask the questions you might not feel right asking us or just to find out more about their experience of the school. Email [email protected].

68 girls currently part of Gilson House (2022-2023)
We came away completely committed to the idea that this is the right place and thoroughly appreciate all the time, care and effort that goes into setting these experiences up. I don’t know what the Shiplake magic is, but everyone just seems so nice and kind and genuinely interested in whomever they talk to.
Experience Event Attendee - June 2023