As an independent boarding school, Shiplake College is visited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) to ensure that we are meeting statutory requirements, including the Independent Schools Standard Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools. Schools may go up to six years between a Standard Inspection, if regulatory requirements are judged to be at least ‘good’ in all aspects. Since 2012, the ISI has introduced an Intermediate Inspection for boarding welfare, which is now required to take place every three years.

Please see below for more information about recent inspections at Shiplake College.

ISI Integrated Inspection, April 2015

A full ISI inspection in April 2015 judged Shiplake College as ‘excellent’ across every single inspection category, the highest possible grade of achievement. Commendation of this magnitude is rare in independent education, placing Shiplake amongst the leading independent schools in the country. Click on the links below to read the full report or an inspection summary.

Full College Inspection

Inspection Summary

ISI Standard Inspection, February 2010 

ISI Inspectors visited Shiplake for four days during February 2010, to check documentation and compliance with regulations, focusing on various aspects such as pupils’ achievements; the curriculum; teaching; pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; pastoral care; welfare, health and safety; governance; and leadership and management. They also gathered further evidence of this in various ways, such as observing lessons and activities, scrutiny of pupils’ work, and interviews with staff and pupils.

“I am delighted with the outcome of our latest ISI inspection. It is all we could have hoped for and I am immensely grateful to all the staff, both teaching and non-teaching, for the outstanding work they do to ensure that our pupils receive an excellent all-round education.

The inspectors found that we are a strong community where the personal development of pupils is excellent and pastoral care outstanding. Significant improvements have been made in the quality of teaching and the pupils’ attitudes to learning since the last inspection in 2006. Indeed, more than a quarter of all teaching that inspectors saw was deemed outstanding. Academic achievement has also improved and the inspectors make reference to the pupils’ improved public exam results in recent years in relation to ability.

The quality of boarding at the College was found to be excellent and the relationships between staff and pupils a ‘significant strength’. Inspectors found that communication and links with parents had significantly improved since 2006 and were impressed with the work pupils and staff do to support and foster links with the local community.”

Gregg Davies, Headmaster

Shiplake-InspectionReport-2010.pdf (PDF 142KB)

Ofsted Inspection, March 2011

In March 2011, Ofsted Inspectors visited Shiplake College. The purpose of the inspection was to assure children, young people, parents, the public, local authorities and the government of the quality and service provided by the school. The inspection focused on various aspects of life at the College, including boarding, child protection and security, pastoral care, health, social awareness and development, achievement and recognition, equality of opportunity, leadership and management.

The inspection found that Shiplake excelled in pastoral care and child development, citing communication, recognition, pastoral care and the quality of boarding as particular strengths. The relationships between staff, students and parents, based on mutual respect, were emphasised in the results.

OFSTED Inspection Report- 2011 

The personal development of pupils is excellent and is supported by high quality pastoral care
ISI Inspection, February 2010