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Round House

Emma Durston

Housemistress of Round House

Round House is home to all Form 7 girls and so draws together both day and boarding students in their final year at School. During this important year, we encourage and expect the girls to set high standards for themselves, to become more independent and to develop greater self-motivation as they prepare for life after School.

Our caring team of house staff are always on hand to guide and support the girls with academic matters, university applications, or simply to be a sympathetic listener. We aim to create an informal atmosphere in House where the girls enjoy greater independence and privileges than in younger years, whilst understanding that they need to respect this freedom and act as role models for the rest of the School. An excellent example of this is the Form 7 dress code; the girls do not wear uniform but their dress should at all times be smart and appropriate for office or business wear.

The girls of Round House are an amazing group of young ladies. Throughout their final year at Oakham, they blossom into independent, determined and dedicated adults.

Round House has excellent facilities both for work and play. Accommodation for boarders and day-boarders is in a mix of double and single study rooms, with studies for all day girls. Each of the four buildings is equipped with plenty of bathroom facilities and either a full stocked kitchen or kitchenette area. Every girl has her own dedicated study area and in addition, there are many different pockets of space throughout the House suited to groupwork or silent study, including a computer room. The Common Room boasts a state-of-the-art cinema projection screen providing Sky TV and DVD, a balconied library housing over 250 books ranging from classics to modern fiction, and a huge space filled with homely sofas and cushions enabling the girls to relax in comfort during their free time.

From social highlights, such as the black tie Christmas Celebration, to simple pleasures like cooking together on a Saturday evening, or lively discussions at the regular Matthews Society meetings, there is a real sense of unity and community in Round House.

The girls of Round House are an amazing group of young ladies. Throughout their final year at Oakham, they blossom into independent, determined and dedicated adults who leave School ready to experience the new and exciting challenges of gap years or university.

History of the House

  • Purpose-built in 1970 to accommodate the newly introduced girl boarders, Round House first became the home for final year girls in 1980.
  • In the early years it was nicknamed the “Dovecote” and “Birdcage” due to its round shape.
  • In 1994 the War Memorial Library and Queen Anne Building (the old congregational Chapel) became part of the House providing a blend of traditional and modern accommodation for the senior girls.

About the Housemistress

I joined Oakham in 2011 as Head of Girls Games and PE, after seven years at Millfield as a PE teacher and Assistant Housemistress. I have been Housemistress of Round House since 2013. I gained my Sport Science degree from the University of Liverpool and completed my PGCE at Loughborough University. My interests outside of School involve spending time with my husband and son, travelling and (unsurprisingly) all sports.

eld@oakham.rutland.sch.uk