A word from our Head Girl and her Deputy
‘I am Hannah Done and I am Head Girl. My home is on a farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds and I am the second generation of our family to be educated at Oakham.
I’ve had the most memorable four years being a full boarder in Rushebrookes House, and I know that moving up to Round House will bring independence, but I will no doubt miss the close-knit community of all four middle school year groups living and working together within the same house.
When choosing the subjects to continue during Sixth Form, I found it incredibly difficult to narrow them down and for this reason the International Baccalaureate Diploma was definitely the option for me. I study Economics, Geography, French, Chemistry, English and Maths. I am hoping to study Geography with either French or Economics at university and see where it takes me!
There is a positive atmosphere that surrounds Oakham that you could only possibly begin to understand by coming in to contact with and experiencing the vibrancy and variety of staff and pupils that make Oakham what it is. I am a strong believer that a smile is one of the most important attributes that a person can have, and friendliness and happiness are certainly aspects of the school that ensure that the sporting, music and academic results are the best that they can be. Fundamentally, Oakham is a school that will encourage every single pupil to achieve their absolute potential, and have fun whilst doing it.
I have been privileged enough to try to make the most of everything that Oakham has to offer, and even though I’m positive there are still memories to be made in my final year, there have been many unforgettable moments already.
I was fortunate to be chosen to take part in the Morocco Charity Trip and experienced a diverse culture where many could not even dream of the opportunities that we have at Oakham. The Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in the rain and wind have only made school friendships even stronger, and the award is certainly an achievement that all participants can be proud of.
I have learnt a huge amount from my time at Oakham, but most significantly, I have learnt how to get on with people from all walks of life, and to simply have a go at anything. For anyone looking to come to Oakham, I would say that it is important to take advantage of every opportunity, and allow friendships to develop that will stay with you for the rest of your life.’
Deputy Head Girl
‘I am Abi Stephenson and I am Deputy Head Girl. I joined Oakham in the Third Form. I am a day boarder in Rushebrookes and I live in Edith Weston near Rutland Water. Despite living close by, I chose to board because I value my independence and appreciate the time I spend with my friends.
I think Oakham is a friendly and supportive school, which provides many opportunities both academically and socially. There is something for everyone at Oakham, be it sport, music, drama or other activities. It is a happy environment which I have thoroughly enjoyed and have made the most of in my 4 years so far.
A couple of the highlights from my years at Oakham are representing Oakham School 1st teams at Hockey and Netball in South Africa, on the sports tour in Summer 2011; going on the French work experience trip to Rouen, where I worked at a crêperie for a week and winning a competitive House Hockey Tournament in Winter 2012.
Oakham has taught me to be independent, to be organized, to value the importance of teamwork and it has improved my social skills.
My advice to someone thinking of coming to Oakham as a pupil would be to make the most out of every opportunity, even if it means going outside your comfort zone. Make your time at Oakham the best so that when the time comes to leave, you have memories to cherish.’