Upper School - 16+
Choose between the International Baccalaureate and AS/A2 Levels
Oakham offers a choice of either A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (the IB). Take a look at the links under More Information on this page. As pupils approach the Sixth Form, we provide comprehensive guidance in the form of seminars and an "Upper School Guide" both to pupils and to parents to help with choices.
Whichever route, IB or AS/ A2, is chosen, there are a wealth of curriculum enhancement opportunities. These range from Society talks and presentations, through to opportunities to study a chosen subject beyond the bounds of the syllabus. Such exploration may be for academic curiosity or in the pursuit of an additional qualification.
While progress in the Upper School may be measured primarily by results – and rightly so – we also place great importance on equipping every student with the ability to think independently, to entertain and explore new ideas, and to be confident in their own abilities. Alongside excellent examination results, this helps to create a sense of direction for young people as they enter the challenging worlds of higher education and careers. Reflecting the increased emphasis on individuality, the Upper School experience is characterised by guided choice. Such choices arise both academically and in terms of Sport, Music, Drama, Service and so on. The aim is to contribute to, and benefit from, being at Oakham.
To this end, students must take greater control of their working environment. They must be self-motivated and organised, and they must continue to balance academic demands with the many other facets of Oakham School life. There is no prescribed prep timetable in the Upper School. It is up to the individual to make sensible decisions about how they organise their time. Further, a typical US timetable will contain a number of Private Study periods, which supplement prep time.