Upper School Choices - A-level and IB (16+)

Just as no two students are the same or learn in the same way, we at Oakham believe in the importance of offering different pathways for post-16 study, so that all our students can reach their potential and are well-prepared for life beyond School.

As a result, in the Upper School students choose one of two academic pathways; they study either A-levels and equivalent qualifications or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

Our teachers are well-qualified and motivated to teach both qualifications to the same high standard. We do not advocate one qualification over another; the beauty of offering such choice is that friends and siblings can continue to study together whilst following different pathways.

Whichever route they choose, we provide a wealth of curriculum opportunities for our Upper School students. These range from society talks and presentations, through to opportunities to study a chosen subject beyond the bounds of the syllabus. Such exploration may be for academic curiosity or in the pursuit of an additional qualification.

Oakham’s Upper School is an important and exciting time for our students, representing a period of transition towards university and post-education careers. The journey towards real independence picks up pace; we expect students to show a desire for self-motivated study and to take increased personal responsibility for their success. We work with them to build the skills to thrive as the challenge and expectations upon them increase.

Students in Form 6 take on school and house responsibilities and leadership roles. This gives them an opportunity to learn more about forming relationships and to develop their own leadership styles.

In their final year, Form 7, girls move to Round House and boys to School House, where they can concentrate more closely on their studies. They enjoy increased freedom to become independent and socially responsible. In preparation for life outside School, there is a dress code and students wear business suits to classes in place of school uniform.

Upper School Subject Grid

Simone Lorenz-Weir

Simone Lorenz-Weir

Head of Upper School

I graduated from Heidelberg University, Germany, with an MA in German and English Philology in 2000, before completing my PGCE at Cambridge. I started teaching at Oakham in 2001, and after four years as Head of German, became Director of IB in 2005. I was appointed as Head of Upper School in 2015. Married to Alistair with two young sons, I enjoy running, skiing, travelling to Germany and reading, whenever the time allows.