Shiplake College benefits from an enchanting rural setting, which is highly accessible to many urban areas.

Located in beautiful countryside close to the Berkshire-Oxfordshire border, the College is only 3 miles from Henley-on-Thames and 5 miles from Reading. Furthermore, the M40 and M4 motorways are just a short drive away, providing easy access to London, Oxford, the Midlands and the South West.

Pupils travel from far and wide to attend Shiplake College. For many, boarding is the most viable option, but for day boys and girls there are a range of convenient day-to-day travel options to make the College accessible for all.


Nine bus routes are currently in operation to and from the College on weekdays. Pupils in Year 9 and above can also use the bus service to travel to Shiplake on Saturday mornings. The routes currently available are as follows:

  • Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield
  • Bourne End, Marlow and Medmenham
  • Cookham, Pinkneys Green and Hurley
  • Crowthorne and Finchampstead
  • Watlington, Nettlebed, Henley and Shiplake
  • Dorchester, Wallingford, Goring and Sonning Common
  • Shinfield and Caversham
  • Windsor, Maidenhead, Charvil and Sonning
  • West London*

* This is a weekly bus route to and from West London, which runs on Sunday evenings, Monday mornings and Friday evenings and is ideal for weekly boarders.

The Bus Information Booklet 2018-2019

Transport Application

Transport Application Form

To discuss any transport enquiries please contact the School Secretary, Mrs Sue Arpino, on 0118 9704 854.

Public Bus

There is a public bus service that stops outside the College. This is the 800 route run by Arriva, which travels between High Wycombe, Marlow, Henley-on-Thames, Shiplake and Reading. Currently there is a bus that travels from Reading and stops at Shiplake College at approximately 7.40am. Please click here for the most up-to-date timetable.


The College is situated within easy reach of Reading, Henley and Shiplake stations. Whilst Shiplake is closest to the College, trains stop at this station less frequently and it may be more convenient and time efficient to organise a taxi from Reading Station. A daily bus route to and from Reading Station for pupils will only run if there is sufficient demand.

We were bowled over by the friendliness and openness of everyone we encountered on our visit
Prospective Year 7 Parent - September 2014