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Boarding in the Lower School

Boarding in Oakham’s Lower School is the start of an exciting adventure, where pupils get the chance to make lots of friends, try new things and enjoy the best of family life. Oakham’s flexible approach to boarding means that pupils are able to move seamlessly between boarding and home life with different options to suit all our families.

Situated on the Lower School (Jerwoods) campus, Lincoln and Peterborough – our girls and boys Boarding Houses – are each home to about 40 pupils, who are very much a part of husband and wife team Steve and Helen Foster’s extended family. Steve and Helen and their three children live in Peterborough House and, together with their experienced resident staff, work tirelessly to create an open and homely atmosphere for everyone.

Both Houses are superbly equipped with lots of indoor and outdoor space, including: a common room, games room, kitchen, and study room with a joint Common Room for shared activities. Pupils particularly enjoy the outside space provided for their exclusive use; playing ‘Out Back’ is a favourite past-time, as is tending the newly planted flowers and vegetables in their garden.

Weekends are fun too and boarders look forward to an exciting programme of activities, ranging from trips to Drayton Manor theme park, the cinema, or ice skating, often run jointly between Lincoln and Peterborough.

Having the time to do favourite activities is often the reason that pupils choose full boarding or transitional boarders choose their preferred days and find out exactly what it is like to board at Oakham without having to take the leap into full boarding all at once. On those nights, pupils enjoy all the benefits of belonging to a Boarding House, including the option to join fellow boarders in their weekend activities. For busy parents transitional boarding offers the ideal combination of flexibility and peace of mind.