Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames

Shiplake College is a historic ‘Harry Potter’ style boarding school located close to the riverside town of Henley-On-Thames only yards from the River Thames itself.

The school was founded in 1959 and offers students the opportunity to become immersed in an English boarding school culture during their course.

The fantastic facilities include a historic dining room, indoor theatre, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, playing fields and sports hall.

The school is set within secure grounds with a riverside location and within easy reach of London and Oxford.

RUGBY ACADEMY
This programme is aimed at all rugby enthusiasts throughout the world who want to improve their rugby skills with the help of coaches from Sales Sharks, the best Premiership rugby team in England, and improve their English language with Ardmore Language Schools, experts in educational travel for over 30 years.

The English taught in the classroom will be reinforced on the rugby pitch with the English speaking coaches teaching students about tactics, game plans and skills with special emphasis being placed on the English game. Each of the academies has excellent rugby training facilities plus a wide range of additional sport and recreational facilities to complement the training programme.

Accommodation is on a full board basis and is provided on the campus.

The course enables students to improve their rugby skills as well as their con dence in speaking English.

    • Residential Centre
    • Summer Courses
    • Suitable for Groups and Individual Students
    • Trinity Examination Available
    • Adult Student Ratio 1:10
    • Intensive English
    • European City Tours Available
    • Full day excursion to London


Facilities
  • Beautiful riverside location
  • Indoor theatre
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Playing fields
  • Tennis courts
  • Sports hall
  • Wifi
Accommodation
  • Mainly two to four bedded rooms, some single and larger rooms available
  • Shared shower and bathroom facilities
  • Accommodation in boarding houses, all within walking distance from main school and dining room
Nearby Airports
  • 38 km from Heathrow
  • 96 km from Gatwick
  • 128 km from Stansted

A typical day with Ardmore

Students have three hours of English lessons per day from Monday to Friday, with the lessons divided into two parts.

Part One: Language input, which involves using grammar and vocabulary in various tasks/exercises.

Part Two: Fluency/practice activities aimed at developing fluency through specific tasks like designing a website or poster, conducting a classroom survey or even producing/acting in a short play.

We offer a wide range of activities, which may include: Football, Arts & Crafts, Dance, Tennis, Basketball, etc. 

Evening entertainment programme may include Talent Show, Disco, Quiz Nights, Film Nights, Sports Tournaments and more options.

Emphasis on communication helps students to use English for a variety of purposes and in various situations. Our aim is to build students' knowledge and confidence in understanding and speaking English.

Nearby attractions and Excursions

There’s plenty to see and do for a half day, or even an full day around Henley and nearby. A full day trip to London for a river cruise, or a visit to Windsor and Windsor Castle.

Alternatively there are half day excursions more local to the campus, which include a tour of the town and a visit of Reading.

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