Uppingham

Uppingham
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Uppingham School, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9QE
LE15 9QE
Rutland
01572 822216
Co-ed
770, Upper sixth 170
£8435 (Day), £12,050 (Boarding)
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Founded in 1584 by Robert Johnson, the school is integrated into the small and attractive market town of Uppingham in a beautiful part of central England. The town itself is a conservation area and many of the school buildings are listed. The buildings and 60 acres of playing fields are spread right across the town, providing a close ‘town and gown’ relationship. There is a fine theatre and separate drama studio, 3 music schools (the most recent with state-of-the-art facilities and recording studios) and a purpose-built art, design and technology centre designed by Peirs Gough (an old boy); sports facilities include astroturf pitches, a shooting range and a new sports centre. The 15 boarding houses are ranged around these facilities like a university campus. Some of the buildings are from the period of the great 19th-century headmaster, Edward Thring, who pioneered a variety of musical, sporting and practical activities, then virtually unknown in comparable schools. Many of the school’s distinguishing characteristics were determined under Thring’s Headmastership: that houses should be small and family-like; that boys (and now girls) should have privacy; that an all-round education should be offered to a broad range of pupils and that children are happier and learn better in inspiring surroundings. It is a Church of England foundation and the whole school meets in the chapel, 5 days a week. A large staff allows a staff:pupil ratio of around 1:7 and there are small classes across all subjects. The standards of teaching are high and examination results are very good. Music is extremely strong and there are is a great range of ensembles. Drama is also well supported with many productions each year. The school has long had a high reputation for its achievements in sports and games. There is a very active CCF and community service department. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are available.

Headmaster: Richard Harman, in post from 2006. Educated at King’s School (Worcester) and Cambridge University (English). Previously Headmaster of Aldenham, Housemaster and Head of English at Eastbourne College and teacher of English and drama at Marlborough. Teaching staff: 100 full time, 55 part time (including peripetetic music staff). Annual turnover 5-10%. Average age 39.
GCSE: 140 pupils in upper fifth, 97% gaining at least grade C in 8+ subjects. A-levels: 183 in upper sixth, 98% passing in 3+ subjects (33% with straight A grades), with an average final point score of 370.
Almost all sixth form leavers go on to higher education (some 50% after a gap year). The vast majority go to traditional universities, including Oxbridge; a handful go on to a music college or an art foundation course. Most popular subjects include, history, business and management, English, history of art, sciences, property and surveying, medicine and engineering. A few go on to non-degree courses or straight into careers.
Sport: Major sports for boys are rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis, cross country and athletics; for girls are hockey, netball, tennis, cross country and athletics. Options include aerobics, athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cycling, dance, fencing, fives, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rounders, rugby, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, tennis, volleyball; also archery, body conditioning, clay pigeon shooting, climbing, pilates, scuba diving, table tennis, taekwondo, trampolining and water-skiing. Many pupils represent their county and region, some their country. Successful rugby, hockey, cricket, netball and tennis teams. Activities: Pupils can take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. CCF optional for 2-3 years at age 14-15 or community service (visiting the elderly, assisting in primary schools, Riding for the Disabled etc). More than 40 clubs/societies and 30 activities, including musical, debating, discussion, drama, sporting, chess, classics, languages, science and arts.
Single-sex houses of 45-60, all mixed ages except 2 sixth-form girls’ houses. Dining rooms in houses. Qualified nursing staff in sanatorium. Limited exeats. Visits to local town allowed.
the Old Uppinghamians, is run by P D Mulvihill, c/o the school.
Stephen Dorrell, Edward Timpson (MPs); John Schlesinger (film maker); Rick Stein (chef); Donald and Malcolm Campbell (speed record holders); Jonathan Agnew and J J Whitaker (cricket); Stephen Fry (writer and actor); Piers Gough (architect); John Suchet (journalist and newscaster); Johnny Vaughan (TV presenter); Stuart Proffitt (publisher); Charles Dunstone and David Ross (Carphone Warehouse); Dickson Poon (Chairman Harvey Nichols); Mark Haddon (author); Phil Spencer (property expert, C4 Location and Relocation); Elizabeth Atherton (opera singer); Boris Karloff, Elliot Cowan and Sam Riley (actors); Andrew Kennedy (professional singer), Dan Hipkiss (rugby player); Charlie Simpson, Harry Judd (musicians).