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Haywoods

David Taylor

Housemaster of Haywoods

‘Spirit’ is the word that is thoroughly embedded in all that we do in Haywoods, a Boarding House for around 60 boys aged 13–17 years. The boys, past and present, possess a remarkable range of talents and skills – some very clear and obvious, as OOs Tom Croft, Stuart Broad and Miles Jupp ably illustrate – but every single Haywoodian has a character and perspective that will shape their lives just as significantly as the exams they take and certificates they collect. 

Every single Haywoodian has a character and perspective that will shape their lives just as significantly as the exams they take and certificates they collect.

There are no set piece schemes that we follow; simply a set of values that stand alongside formally learnt lessons. We are a community and every boy is proud to be part of that; we have fun – easily forgotten in the prescriptive world in which we live; we think of others and, crucially, we seek to do our best, however that may be measured. It is only by pushing our own parameters that we truly benefit from the tremendous opportunities offered at Oakham. 

If every boy can reflect back on their time in Haywoods and feel that they were given a sensible foundation for their futures and were taught to be confident in themselves, then the values that we hold here on Kilburn Road will have proven worthwhile. We have always been a sporty House, but a recent track record of success in music, drama, debating and art show that we are able to offer a genuinely balanced environment. Colonel Tom would be very proud.

History of the House

  • Purpose-built in 1989, Haywoods is the most modern of Oakham’s Boarding Houses.
  • The House is named after Colonel Tom Haywood, Chairman of Trustees for 13 years. He was a JP and Senior Member of the Cambridge alumni Pitt Club. It is this link to Culture and Arts that we are particularly keen to reinforce in all who pass through the House. 

About the Housemaster

I joined Oakham School in 2002 as a teacher of Economics, having previously spent time teaching in Shropshire and Leicestershire and I was appointed Housemaster of Haywoods in 2007. I love sport, music and drama but have no prowess in any of these fields. Nevertheless, I hope my enthusiasm helps to inspire the boys in House with a ‘have-a-go’ attitude. I am married to Danusia who runs a local pre-school, and we have three boys, Marek, Stefan and Tomek, who have all attended Oakham. It is as a family that we run the House.

dmt@oakham.rutland.sch.uk