Job Description

Full time or part time

Competitive salary

Onsite accommodation may be available

Starting September 2024

We have a superb opportunity for an ordained Church of England priest to become our Chaplain and lead the spiritual life of the College. The successful candidate will work closely with the Sixth Form team of Chapel Wardens and the Director of Music who provide support for College acts of worship which are held in Shiplake Parish Church. They will be expected to liaise closely with the Rector of the Benefice.

As Chaplain you will be actively involved in all aspects of College life, leading services, organising daily drop-in sessions, and visiting each of the houses during break times.

Our “Rev”, as they are affectionately known, not only provides practical and spiritual support to the whole community, but continually inspires us to think beyond the boundaries of school life, such as the harvest festival collections of practical items for the Churches in Reading Drop-in Centre for the homeless, and our link with schools in Kenya.  Pupils help deliver the items and see first-hand how small acts of kindness make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Ideally you will teach a reduced timetable in an agreed subject, this will be discussed in more detail at interview.

Applicants must be approachable, supportive, and empathetic to the whole community; creative in approach to church services and able to source inspirational guest speakers for whole school events.  Experience of working with teenagers would be an advantage.  The successful candidate will have the ability to inspire, challenge, support and engage all members of the community. Free accommodation may be available onsite.

Shiplake College is an independent boarding and day school for just over 500 pupils aged 11 to 18.  There has been a co-educational Sixth Form since 1998 and in September 2023 girls joined in Year 7 as the College goes fully co-educational. Situated in 45 acres of beautiful countryside near Henley-on-Thames, we offer an outstanding education based on small class sizes, excellent facilities and dedicated teaching staff. All teaching staff are expected to contribute to the busy programme of co-curricular activities on offer.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent free lunches and a contributory pension scheme together with access to our gym and sporting facilities and an excellent working environment.

Early applications are welcomed, as the College reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the application process.

Closing date:  Tuesday 19 March 2024

 Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 25 March 2024

A candidate pack and application form can be obtained from

Day and boarding school for ages 11-18, fully co-educational from 2023

HMC, The Society of Heads, BSA

Shiplake College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Shiplake College is also committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.