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Steve Foster

Housemaster of Peterborough House

Peterborough House offers a friendly, homely and happy place, with lots of indoor and outdoor space in which our boys, aged 10–13 years, live and work. We have a mix of full boarders and day boarders from countries all over the globe, as well as the UK, who form our house community and we celebrate this diversity of talent and seek to develop everyone’s individual strengths during their time with us.

Together with my wife, Helen, and resident staff team, we ensure that the boys in our care enjoy a busy, fun and structured life in House. We encourage the boys to be confident, organised, tidy and more independent and our excellent facilities help them achieve this. Our prep room with its well-stocked reference library offers a quiet study-like atmosphere in which the boys can complete their work, whilst there are many different places in which the boys can socialise, such as: the common room with its widescreen TV, and DVD player with cinematic surround sound (perfect for our regular Wednesday film night), the games room, which has a pool table, and the joint common room (shared with the girls of Lincoln House), which has an air hockey and table tennis table.

Peterborough House offers a friendly, homely and happy place, with lots of indoor and outdoor space in which our boys live and work.

Outside there is a basketball and tennis court, together with a huge expanse of grass with football nets and space to play other games and generally let off steam.

Sport, drama and music play a large part in the boys' lives, so we make full use of the sports hall, swimming pool, Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Music School.

In addition to our residential staff, we have four house tutors who do duties in House and run tutor group outings, as well as working with the boys in their tutor groups.

Weekends are busy too with trips every Sunday; recent destinations have been paintballing, Leicester Tigers, karting and bowling. 

History of the House

  • Formerly Oakham’s vicarage, Peterborough House is a beautiful Victorian building dating from 1867.
  • The House is named after the Peterborough diocese in which Oakham School is situtated.
  • It became a junior boys Boarding House in 1967 and is now one of four Lower School Houses grouped together on the Jerwoods campus.
  • The Jerwoods site is named after John Jerwood (OO), the Visitor (a highly esteemed member of the Trustees) and benefactor to the School.

About the Housemaster

I joined Oakham in 1989 as Head of Brass & Percussion and have been Housemaster of Peterborough House since 2004. I run the School's Wind Band and Big Band, and am a very keen jazz musician outside of School; I run my own big band and jazz sextet, and play in the funk/soul band Stak it Up and exciting big band, the Good Guys Orchestra. I studied at the Royal College of Music with Michael Laird and David Mason and on the classical side, I have played with orchestras that include the CBSO, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Bach Orchestra. In my spare time, I also enjoy playing golf, where I play to a handicap of six.