Excellent in All Areas – Shiplake College

14 Oct 2022

Shiplake College was visited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in May 2022 and achieved full regulatory compliance and the top category of Excellent in both the Achievement and the Personal Development of its pupils. This is the highest possible rating that an independent school can achieve within the ISI framework. The inspection also served as a ‘material change visit’ to assess the College’s proposal to increase its capacity to 600 (over the next five to ten years), as it begins to welcome girls into Year 7 from 2023. The visit confirmed that this has been approved.

The Headmaster, Tyrone Howe, said: “The inspection was an incredibly rigorous process but the Reporting Inspector and the team appeared to enjoy their time in the College, immersing themselves fully in Shiplake life, attending lessons and activities and speaking to many groups of pupils. The inspectors commented on how pupils make excellent progress, achieve highly in a range of areas, have extremely accomplished ICT and communication skills, display a very high degree of self-confidence and resilience and demonstrate high levels of social awareness. My thanks to all Shiplake staff for the huge amount of preparation and their contribution to the successful inspection outcomes.” 

“Two particular quotes for me include: “Success comes in many guises at this school, and pupils grasp the opportunities offered and work hard to achieve their goals, be it as a professional athlete, entrepreneur, doctor, or artist,” and “Pupils exhibit a mature sense of self-understanding and self-esteem, without any hint of arrogance.” 

“I urge you to read the report in full as it sums up what makes Shiplake so special. It is a terrific endorsement for the College.” 

Go to www.shiplake.org.uk/inspection for a copy of the report.