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Hambleton

Sue Healey

Housemistress of Hambleton

Hambleton provides the home base for about 70 day girls, aged between 13 and 17 years. The House is a beautiful and historic building full of character and charm and offers a warm atmosphere, with tastefully and comfortably decorated accommodation for four year groups. Hambletonians pride themselves on the kindness, friendship and respect they show each other, but most importantly they share a sense of fun and humour that is vital for successful house spirit. Hambleton is a friendly and loyal community where the door is always open.

Hambletonians pride themselves on the kindness, friendship and respect they show each other, but most importantly they share a sense of fun and humour that is vital for successful house spirit.

Helping me to run the House and create a haven for the girls from the busy Oakham day is my team of tutors, including Senior Tutor Sophie Clarke, and my student prefects, led by my Head of House. In order for the girls to be able to derive full advantage from the School's facilities, the House is open each day from 7.30am to 7.30pm and there is always an adult on hand during the breaks and at the beginning and end of the day, helping to create a warm, friendly, and supportive atmosphere.

Popular House events include the annual visit to the Clothes Show, House Suppers, barbecues, BAG (Bring a Guest) picnics, pizza parties, tutor outings and our famous Children in Need cake stall, which always raises considerable sums of money.Hambleton House offers excellent facilities for work and leisure over two floors with its own garden and shared use of a tennis court. There is a large airy common room on the first floor, study rooms for each year group, with desk space for each girl, a kitchen for making drinks and snacks and two quiet rooms for focused study.

A variety of talents can be found among the girls, whether it be performing on stage, singing solo in the choir, captaining a netball team or even running for the county on a Sunday morning. We also boast several accomplished horsewomen and sailors in our ranks. The range of different talents and personalities combine to produce a House that never fails to impress in any aspect of school life. 

History of the House

  • Opened in 1997, Hambleton is one of four Middle School Day Houses, which together form the part of the school campus known as Schanschieffs.
  • In common with the other Houses in Schanschieffs, the House derives its name from a local village: Hambleton, where trustee Tim Hart runs the famous country house hotel, Hambleton Hall.
  • The House is part of a beautiful 19th century building, which was originally the Victorian workhouse, and subsequently a hospital, before its conversion into a school building.

About the Housemistress

I was appointed Housemistress in 2007 and have four daughters of my own, who are all current or former students. Prior to my appointment, I was Senior Tutor in Gunthorpe and have extensive experience tutoring middle school boarding and day girls.

smh@oakham.rutland.sch.uk