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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.

Lower School boarders stay in their own comfortable and homely surroundings on the Lower School (Jerwoods) campus. Here they are cared for by their Houseparent, and resident staff that includes two live-in Matrons and two Resident Tutors. Jerwoods is also home to the Head of Lower School, Adrian Morris, and his family. Together this resident team provides a strong and supportive network for our youngest boarders.

Our Lower School boarding facilities provide lots of indoor and outdoor space, and the site is currently undergoing a major redevelopment that will include new facilities in which to work and play. 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 great fun and boarders look forward to an exciting programme of activities, ranging from trips to Drayton Manor theme park, the cinema, or ice skating.

Lower School transitional boarding

The first step into boarding can feel a big one for parents as well as children, so our Lower School pupils can choose to stay from just 2 to 5 nights a week in their boarding home with fees graded accordingly. On those nights, pupils enjoy all the benefits of boarding and they also have the option to join fellow boarders in their weekend activities. They can also stay on non-boarding nights for prep, supper and activities until school bedtime. For busy parents transitional boarding offers the ideal combination of flexibility and peace of mind.

When pupils move into the Middle School at age 13, they can then choose between full boarding, flexi-boarding (up to 5 nights a week) or being a day pupil.