Oakham

Oakham
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Oakham School, Chapel Close, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6DT
LE15 6DT
Rutland
01572 758758
Co-ed
1050, Upper sixth 197
Σ5550-Σ6260 (Day), Σ8450-Σ10,370 (Boarding), Σ7700-Σ9330 (Weekly)
The Registrar

Founded in 1584 by Robert Johnson, Archdeacon of Leicester and was, until 1960, a small, local boys’ school. Over the next 10 years numbers almost doubled and girls were admitted in 1971; there have now been broadly equal numbers of boys and girls for many years, and an even balance of day and boarding pupils. The houses mostly face onto the extensive playing fields and gardens, in the attractive, small country town of Oakham. Facilities include an excellent library, modern science, art and design centres, a theatre and music school. There are extensive sports facilities including two all-weather pitches (one floodlit), and a sports complex with swimming pool, fitness centre and squash and fives courts. It aims to provide a happy, friendly environment; a school that is both forward-looking and down-to-earth, underpinned by Christian principles. The large staff allows a staff:pupil ratio of about 1:7 and a lot of attention is given to the individual. Academic standards are high and examination results very good. The International Baccalaureate is offered alongside the traditional A-levels in the sixth form. It is also strong in music, art and drama. There is a very high standard in sports and games (a large number of county and national representatives). There are numerous other extra-curricular activities, a flourishing CCF, an outstanding record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and a substantial commitment to volunteering both locally and overseas.

Headmaster: Nigel M Lashbrook, appointed 2009. Educated at King’s Heath Grammar School, Birmingham, and Oxford University (chemistry). Previously Headmaster at King’s School, Bruton, Second Master at Tonbridge and taught at Manchester Grammar School. Teaching staff: 145 full time, 24 part time.
GCSE/IGCSE: 160 pupils in Year 11, gaining at least grade C in an average of 9.9 subjects (79% including English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels/IB: 183 pupils in Year 13. Of these, 148 take AS/A-levels, passing an average of 3.1 subjects with a final points score of 339; and 51 take the IB, all achieving the Diploma with an average of 35 IB points.
Almost all sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (some 25% after a gap year), 5% to Oxbridge. 6% take courses in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry, 13% in science and engineering, 23% in humanities and social sciences, 15% in business and management related courses; sports, art and land-based courses are also popular.
Major games are rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics (for boys), hockey, netball, tennis, athletics (for girls); 30+ further options including soccer, tennis and golf; participation strong and teams for all abilities. National success by both individuals and teams (around 60 pupils represent their county or country at any time). Also bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; CCF; Voluntary Action; charitable fund raising. 50+ clubs and activities ranging from stone-carving to Tae Kwon Do, electronics to Model United Nations.
15% have own room; 70% share a study bedroom with 1-2, 15% in with 3-4. Single-sex houses of approximately 60, divided by age; separate houses for Year 13. Day boarding (3 nights each week) available from age 13, transitional boarding (2-4 nights a week) for younger pupils. Kitchens for pupils to make toast and snacks. Full range of weekend activities. 1 termly exeat (7 days). Visits to local town allowed in free time with permission.
Old Oakhamians, is run by Mr Jon Wills, c/o the school.
Thomas Merton (religious philosopher); Lord (Anthony) Clarke (Justice of the UK Supreme Court); Stuart Broad and Lucy Pearson (England cricketers); A P F (Percy) Chapman (1920s England cricketer); Ron Jacobs (RFU president); Lewis Moody and Tom Croft (England rugby); Crista Cullen (GB and Olympic hockey); Lord (John) Cope (Paymaster General); Prof Robert Sir Peter North (Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University); Greg Hicks (actor and director); Matthew Macfadyen (actor); Katie Mitchell (theatre director); Kwam’© Ryan (conductor); Graham Hoyland (explorer and BBC producer); Charlotte Uhlenbroek (naturalist and TV presenter); Sacha Newley (artist); Charles Bairsto (transatlantic rower).