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This section of the site is dedicated to the little people of Shiplake! We encourage children and parents to stop by and share their unique experiences of the villages.

Much of the content here has been provided by our friends at Shiplake Village Nursery and Shiplake Primary, for which we are very thankful.

Shiplake Primary - PTFA Christmas Fayre!

Shiplake Primary Xmas Fayre 

Pop along to our wonderful Christmas Fayre next week. There will be some fantastic stalls and crafting tables for the little ones to create lovely Christmas decorations. You can take the opportunity to have a slice of our lovely cakes a drinks which will be available to purchase at the Fayre. Santa Will be in his grotto from 2:30 and a visit to the grotto includes a gift and a photo with Santa. Children will also have the opportunity to write and post a letter to Santa on the day. We will hold a raffle on the day with lots of amazing prizes. So you definitely don’t want to miss it.

Article created / last edited: 5 December 2017

Raising money for Shiplake Primary this Sunday


Please Support Team Shiplake! 

THIS SUNDAY a huge Shiplake Primary School team of nearly 70 runners - children, parents, teachers and governors - will be racing in the Go Kids One Mile Challenge, Henley 10K or Henley Half Marathon and raising money for Shiplake Primary School PTFA via sponsorship.

Money raised by the PTFA goes directly to the school for much appreciated educational equipment that benefits children across all year groups. And this year, the PTFA are contributing funds to help finance a project to install an artificial grass surface in the Key Stage 2 playground.  This will mean the children can play on a softer area during break and lunchtimes, as well as using it for PE lessons -  something much requested by the children themselves.

If you would like to support us and help raise funds for the local school you can donate safely online via the link below or donate to our fundraising buckets in the Baskerville and Plowden Arms. 



Article created / last edited: 7 October 2017

Shiplake Primary School Report Summer 2017


As we welcome the children back after the Easter break, I find it hard to believe that we are already moving into the Summer term.  The Summer uniform has made its reappearance – let’s hope the sunshine does too!

During our busy and very long Spring term, so many activities have taken place alongside our busy  curriculum timetable.  During March, each class  had the opportunity to take part in an activity during Henley Youth Festival week.  The Reception class travelled to Nettlebed School to take part in a ‘Blunderbus’ activity, Year 1 went to Trinity School to attend a ‘Singing with Lucy Hewes’ workshop and Year 4 took a ride to Badgemore School to take part in a ‘Solid Steel Drumming’ class.  Our school was delighted to be able to host a ‘Create ‘n’ Make’ craft morning for the children in Years 2 and 3 and the Young Shakespeare Company made a welcome return to Shiplake, performing their production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for the children to enjoy.  We were pleased to welcome Peppard School to enjoy the performance with us.   All activities were  very well received by the children (and parent helpers who had joined us!)  Some of our pupils also entered the HYF Entertain, Sing, Young Dancer and Dance competitions.  The opportunity to perform on a stage at the Kenton Theatre is something they will never forget!  Twenty eight Shiplake pupils took part in the HYF Go Kids run at Swiss Farm.  Everyone arrived full of energy and enthusiasm and were keen to have a go. The three courses were each challenging in their own way but Team Shiplake took them in their stride and were determined to put in their best effort. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the run and it was wonderful to come away with some silverware too. Year 1/2 girls and Year 1/2 boys came first as school teams - the year 3/4 boys team placed 3rd overall as a school team too. We were extremely proud of all the children who took part in the Henley Youth Festival this year and all the events were extremely well organised by the Henley Youth Festival Committee.  

Our School Parliament voted to support Comic Relief this year and held two very special events to raise money for the charity.  On Friday 17th March they organised a special cake sale for both pupils and parents and were delighted to raise over £200.  The following Friday - Red Nose Day, everybody was able to come to school wearing their own ‘home’ clothes and ‘mad’ hair – all for a donation of £1!  The overall total of £380 was raised but so much fun was had by all.  A special thank you to Mrs Capstick for helping the School politicians plan for the event.  Very well done to everybody involved!

The last week of term saw our annual ‘Decorate An Egg’ CompetitionWe had some amazing entries for the competition this year, with over 100 children taking part.   The creativity of our children never ceases to amaze me – the judges found it very difficult to choose winners and in a couple of year groups we had to award two prizes!   Our new ‘overall’ prize winners were Jack and Charlie R with their wonderful  ‘Mount Eggverist’ creation.  Congratulations to our other 9 prize winners!    All our main prize winners were given a chocolate Easter egg to enjoy during the holidays.  In addition, as all the children had put so much thought and effort into their entries this year, we have also gave a small bag of Easter sweets to all entrants as a ‘thank you and well done’.  

Katherine Page-Howie

Article created / last edited: 10 August 2017

Shiplake Primary - exciting Red Watch visit!

We were very lucky on Wednesday to have a surprise visit from Watch Commander James Harris and his wonderful fire crew ‘Red Watch’. They arrived in their fire engine to talk to the children in Key stage One about fire safety. Year Two’s visit was also linked to their history topic, The Great Fire of London. The children learnt how fire fighting equipment had changed since 1666. The children were given two pieces of homework; firstly to find out where the smoke alarms are in their houses and secondly to learn their address in case of an emergency.

Each of the classes had great fun firing the hose to see if they could knock down the cones and they were all able to climb aboard the fire engine to explore the inside too. The teaching staff had a lot of fun also trying on the kit which was incredibly heavy and rather smelly.

Article created / last edited: 13 March 2017

The PTFA of Shiplake CE Primary School - Spring Update

The PTFA at Shiplake CE Primary School has had a very busy academic year so far!  We are a charity run by parents, teachers and friends of the school. Volunteers organise a range of fun events in order to raise money, which is then donated directly to the school. The majority of the school’s budget is usually spent on staff and buildings, making the money raised by the PTFA increasingly essential to providing many of the extras that benefit our children’s education.


Last term, we organised two main fundraisers, the first putting together a team of parents to run the Henley Half Marathon and 10K. All managed to run the distance and the team smashed their £1,000 sponsorship target!  The second event was our wonderful Shiplake Christmas Fair, which has a range of local stall holders selling beautiful gifts and crafts. This was open to the wider community and raised over £1,500 for the school. We also organised a cake sale, ran a Christmas Hamper raffle and the children helped design a shopping bag, produced just in time for the 5p charge on carrier bags - we sold out!


This term, we have already held a successful Family Bingo event in The Great Hall at Shiplake College, throughly enjoyed by adults and children alike. We have our biggest annual fundraiser approaching in March - the Auction of Promises. We usually have a variety of things promised to bid on, by and for children and parents of the school. These range from fun play dates, to hedge cutting and gardening, to ringing the school bell, to tickets to events, to baking cakes, to helicopter rides, to babysitting and more! There is always much anticipation in the playground to who has won what! We are very lucky to have local businesses donate prizes every year.  If you own a local business and would be kind enough to consider donating a prize for our Auction of Promises, we would love to hear from you. All proceeds raised go directly to the school for much appreciated equipment and educational experiences, which benefit children in every year across the school. Please contact our co-chairs, Jo Askin or Elaine Waugh on shiplakeptfachair1@gmail.com or elaine@waugh.com, if you would be able to help us.


We are looking forward to continuing with a busy and successful Spring Term!


The Shiplake PTFA team

Article created / last edited: 4 February 2016

Shiplake Xmas Fair


Friday 13th November 9 am – 2pm

Venue – Brackendale, Crowsley Road, Shiplake

All Welcome – Entrance Fee £2 includes hot drink & cake.

Lots of new stalls this year.

All proceeds to the PTFA of Shiplake Primary School.

Article created / last edited: 23 November 2015

Another Busy, Exciting Year Ahead at Shiplake Primary

Once again a new, busy school year has started at Shiplake CE Primary School! We welcomed back excited and enthusiastic children at the beginning of September and I am very pleased to say that the initial positive attitude has not waned from staff nor children! Everyone`s determination to do their best infiltrates all aspects of school life and this year is no exception.

 The children who have just started school in Reception are settling well and becoming used to the new routines of the school day.  Our Year 6 children have been on their residential trip to Bude, having a fantastic time completing activities such as abseiling, rock pooling, coastal traversing, coastal walks and canoeing. The organisation, hard work and commitment that such trips take is immense so my thanks go to all the staff involved.

The children at Shiplake Primary are actively involved in the leadership of the school. Children hold roles such as School Council Representatives, Eco Councillors and Sports Ambassadors. Such responsibilities are taken seriously by the school community and children are voted for by their peers. This year children experienced being involved in a true democracy, whereby elections were formally held in the school hall for these positions. Candidates took their speeches very seriously indeed which was great to see and the results of the elections were shared in our celebration assembly at the end of the week. The School Councillors will now begin their work in school with Mrs Paul and have discussions and complete work with Governors and children throughout the school year.

Shiplake Primary continues to work with schools in the local area. We are involved in the Henley Schools Partnership currently working with all staff on training for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to ensure there is a consistency of approach across schools in the partnership. I am also delighted to tell you that our school has achieved the Silver Award in the Sainsbury’s School Sports Award scheme. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to not only the hard work of all the staff, Specialist Sports Teacher Mrs Smith and PE Leader Miss Boucher, but all the children who enjoy taking part not only in sport across the curriculum but also take pride in representing their school in tournaments across the partnership and county.

We hold our Harvest Festival in the Church of St Peter and St Paul early in October, with the children working hard on preparing prayers to share during the service.  Just a few weeks into the new year and such a lot achieved already! I look forward to sharing our news with you over the course of this academic year.

Katherine Page


Article created / last edited: 21 October 2015

Minister Acknowledges Shiplake CE Primary School's Achievements

We are always very proud here at Shiplake CE Primary School of what all children achieve. Recognition such as this, is testament to the hard work that everyone puts in (adults and children alike), to ensure we all share a love of learning and desire to do our best. I received a letter today (13/01/2015) from David Laws MP (Minister of State for Schools), who stated that our results for 2014 show that 100% of children achieved a level 4B or above in reading and maths and level 4 or above in writing, which makes Shiplake CE Primary School one of only 149 schools in the country to achieve this level of attainment. We promote a collaborative approach to creating a learning community which enables children to achieve their personal best throughout their time at Shiplake Primary. So a big `well done` to all children and staff!‚Äč

Katherine Page Headteacher - Shiplake CE Primary School

Article created / last edited: 29 January 2015

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Article created / last edited: 29 January 2015