Every pupil at Oakham, whether boarding or day, belongs to a house. Their house is central to life at Oakham, providing a place of security, support and friendship. Sharing a house with fellow pupils gives an ideal opportunity to learn about the values of tolerance, support, courtesy and friendship. Experienced staff help pupils to develop those social skills and provide the pastoral care each pupil needs. It is no coincidence that some of the strongest lifelong friendships are made within houses.
The pastoral support team within a house is led by its housemaster or housemistress (and their families in the case of boarding houses) and a team of tutors. Boarding houses have one or two resident tutors and a matron.
We believe the relationship between house staff and parents is a crucial one and we encourage communication and involvement. By working in partnership, parents and house staff can ensure the continuity of support that allows each pupil to feel secure, valued and understood.
Boarding and day houses
There are 16 houses at Oakham, with separate ones for day and boarding pupils. A pupil at the School from age 10 to 18 would progress through three houses - one in each of the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.
Each house is distinctive and inspires great loyalty. Friendship and camaraderie between pupils in each house only increases as the houses not only compete together but also have their own social scene that may involve trips out, social evenings, house plays and other activities.
All boarding houses are well-equipped with study areas, bedrooms, common rooms and a kitchen for making snacks. Most accommodation is in twin rooms, although younger boarders enjoy sharing with four or more friends. Pupils can personalise their rooms with posters, photos and anything else that makes it feel more homely.
All day houses provide an excellent base for day pupils as they go about their busy lives. They have large common rooms, study areas and changing facilities. As in boarding houses, adult support is always available.