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Skipwith is one of the largest houses at Shiplake with over 70 pupils. The House is located within the superb Victorian manor house, Skipwith. Directly above the Great Hall where everyone dines, there is no doubt that Skipwith lies at the centre of College life.

Despite the transition to accommodate more day pupils, the traditional boarding ethos of the house is still very much present. The House is full of character, which rubs off on the pupils. The views are stunning from virtually every window but the most coveted seat in the House is at the top of the entrance staircase, where one can watch the school go by.

Skipwith’s main day room and pool table room both have televisions and modern, breakfast bar style furniture. Check (registration) takes place on the spacious first floor landing. The mezzanine nature of this area creates an amphitheatre effect. Pupils use large, traditional work spaces with fantastic views overlooking the river.

House staff endeavour to create a welcoming environment and take a holistic approach to the pastoral care and academic progress of all pupils, believing all can achieve their potential, and we provide excellent support for each individual to succeed. Belonging is a key theme within the House and the fun, lively and industrious atmosphere certainly provides this. Skipwith is an extremely happy House and one of which we are proud. House Pastoral Leader (previously known as Matron) plays a vital part in the pastoral care of the pupils within Skipwith; she is the first port of call for any non-emergency medical issues and is on hand to support and guide the pupils throughout every day of the week.

Housemaster: Mr Marcus Milburn

Mr Marcus Milburn, also Head of Media Studies, is in his fourth year as Housemaster of Skipwith having previously held the post of Assistant Housemaster of Skipwith and Resident Tutor in College House.

Mr Milburn joined Shiplake in September 2010. He married his wife, Catherine, a month after joining the College and they live with their extremely friendly Pug-Cavalier cross, Cilla.

Mr Milburn coaches U14 cricket, and runs a popular co-curricular filmmaking club and the College darts club. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the cinema, taking part in pub quizzes and crib.

Deputy Housemaster: Miss Nicola Jones

Miss Nicola Jones joined Shiplake in 2020, teaching theology & philosophy and has been a tutor in Everett House.

She has been a teacher since 2013 and previously worked at schools in Rugby and Banbury as a teacher, Head of Year and Housemistress. She has a Cardigan Corgi called Diggle, who is often in school with her.

Miss Jones is involved with DofE, public speaking and boardgames clubs, sometimes also helping with music and drama. In her spare time, she is a trustee of a musical theatre company based in Oxford and performs with them (and other amateur groups) regularly; she enjoys performing music (singing, cello and ukulele!) and theatre of all kinds.

House Pastoral Leader and Tutors
Mrs Becky Chambers
House Pastoral Leader
Mrs Lisa Bell
Learning Development
Mr Jack Burrows
Ms Kate Magee
Mrs Chloe Lovelock
Mrs Anna Morgan
Computing Studies
Mrs Karen Padrick
Design and Technology
Mr Stuart Read
Mrs Sally Satch
Design and Technology
Name Number Address
Mr Marcus Milburn
0118 940 5208 [email protected]
Deputy Housemaster
Miss Nicola Jones
  [email protected]
Ms Niki Tanner
0118 940 4773 [email protected]
Duty Tutor 0118 940 5208  
House Address   Skipwith House, Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 4BW
Medical Centre 0118 940 5233 [email protected]
Reception 0118 940 2455 [email protected]
School Office  0118 940 2455 [email protected]
Bursar 0118 940 5202 [email protected]
Billing 0118 940 5201 [email protected]

Please note that the College Management Information System is expected to hold current contact information for parents and guardians, including address, home and mobile telephone numbers and email.

If your information changes during the year, please inform the Housemaster and the College Office, as soon as possible.

Mobile telephone numbers for all pupils will be held by the Housemaster.