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Shiplake College - Weekly Bulletin

Dear Parents

Please see below this week's notices from the College. 

Driving to College

The number of pupils who drive into College has burgeoned over recent years. I have reviewed parking availability on campus and there is insufficient space to offer onsite parking to anyone other than staff, visitors and sixth form boarders only. Parking in public spaces locally is very limited. In particular, we have received complaints from members of the community about the number of cars parked on Church Lane, which sometimes block the way for visitors to the church and for facilities services (such as waste collection). We have been advised by the Parish Council that warning signs will be placed on Church Lane where the road is too narrow for a parked car to allow sufficient access for emergency and utility vehicles. In addition, so many cars parked in the Church Lane turning circle has, on occasion, made egress impossible for residents and for boat club vehicles and we will be reducing the number of spaces available next year. 

I am concerned that large numbers of cars combined with poor parking could, ultimately, result in an accident either to a pupil or local resident. As a result, effective September 2017, only Year 13 pupils will be permitted to drive to College in their own vehicle, with the exception of a small number of current Year 11s who have already received permission from me.

Mr Gregg Davies

School Buses - Friday 26 May - Reminder

Please see important information regarding some of the school buses on Friday 26 May.  

Half term starts at 3.30pm but unfortunately Horseman Coaches (Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead and Marlow/Bourne End bus routes) cannot pick pupils up until 5.30pm.  

DJ Travel (Dorchester route only) cannot pick pupils up until 4.00pm.

In light of this, the following arrangements are in place:

  • 3.30pm - DJ Travel (Shinfield/Crosfields bus only) and Kingfisher Minibuses depart.
  • Parents of students on the Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow/Bourne End and Dorchester buses may collect their children from 3.30pm if preferred.
  • Activities will be put on to occupy those pupils travelling on the Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow/Bourne End and the Dorchester bus. There will be an opportunity to do some quiet work as well as play some sport.
  • 4.00pm - Dorchester bus departs.
  • 5.00pm - Drinks and snacks will be available.
  • 5.30pm - Horseman buses depart.

Mrs Sue Arpino
School Secretary

New School Bus Routes

If any parents are interested in their son or daughter joining a possible new bus route from the West Reading/West Berkshire area, please do contact me at If there are any other local areas not covered by our current bus routes, then please do also get in touch. Please note that the current routes will remain as they are and any new routes will only be introduced if there is sufficient interest and that costs are covered.

Mrs Katherine Green
Director of Marketing and External Relations

Boat Club Dinner

Last chance to purchase your tickets to the Boat Club Fundraising Dinner at Leander Club on Saturday 24 June! All Shiplake parents, and any friends and members of the Shiplake community, are welcome to attend! Please click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Boat Club Supporters' Assocation

Year 11 and Year 13 - National Pool Lifeguard Qualification 

Depending on interest, there is the possibility of offering the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification here at College between 19 – 23 June for our Year 11 and Year 13 pupils who have finished exams.

The qualification would be valuable on CVs as well as enhancing the opportunity of getting work over the summer. Information about the qualification can be found here.

The cost is £250.00 per person. It would run for 5 full days (Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm split between pool and classroom).

If you would like your son/daughter to take part, or you have any questions, please let me know by 9.00am Monday 29 May.

Mr Alex Hunt
Assistant Head Co-curricular

GCSE and A Level Fine Art and A Level Photography Private Viewing

Please click here to view the invitation to the above exhibition, on Saturday 24 June.

Mrs Hema Gillings
Head of Art


On Saturday 9 September there will be the Shiplake Barbecue and Dog Show followed by the Touch Rugby Tournament and Beer Festival!

This is a fantastic day for ALL members of the Shiplake Community to come together to celebrate the start of the academic year. Following the morning's rugby fixtures there will be a barbecue and cake sale and the Parents' Association will be running the ever-popular Dog Show, with categories ranging from waggiest tail to best trick. There will be a Beer Tent throughout the day (just £1 a pint!) and an inflatable assault course for the younger members of the family.

If any parent would like to take part in the Touch Rugby Tournament, please contact Kirsty Jelowitz to register your interest ( It is free to enter and we already have three staff teams and numerous Old Vikings teams signed up to play so it is promising to be a cracker!

Second Hand Uniform Sale

There will be a second hand uniform sale, predominantly for parents of pupils joining in September, on Saturday 24 June (11.30am to 12.45pm in the Sports Hall). We would be grateful if parents are able to send in any items they no longer require.

All proceeds from sales go to the PA; if you wish to receive 50% of the sale price, please securely attach the labels to each garment (a safety pin is ideal). Any items without paperwork will be deemed as a donation.

We can accept blazers, black crested jumpers and ‘new-design’ sports kit items (introduced in September 2014). All items must be clean and in good condition. Please bring donations into Reception by Friday 23 June.

Shiplake College Parents' Association

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