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Psychology

A failure is not always a mistake; it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. B.F Skinner (1904-1990). Behavioural Psychologist. 

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realise that you control your own destiny." Albert Ellis (1913-2007) Psychologist and Psychotherapist. 

If you often find yourself questioning and observing the people and world around you, Psychology may be a subject that satisfies your curiosity. 

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and the mind. Through observation and investigation, we can scientifically explore our understanding of internal processes in humans such as memory, thought and emotions which enable us to recognise how these can influence behaviours. Exploring human behaviours can help us understand and address many of the issues that we experience within society and our personal lives such as relationships, politics, mental illness, or sexuality.  

Psychology at Oakham School is taught by a department of two who have a wealth of experience working in the field of Psychology and teaching both in the UK and China. It is a new and popular addition to Upper School which is offered at both A-Level and as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. 

The A-Level Psychology course covers eleven topics that provide a broad insight into Social, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. This includes Research Methods, Schizophrenia, Relationships and Aggression. The International Baccalaureate course comprises of five topics that offer substantial depth into Biological, Sociocultural and Cognitive Psychology, including Research Methods and an in-depth focus on Abnormality and Relationships. Both courses provide students with a foundation of knowledge and psychological literacy to thrive in Higher Education. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to attend a range of trips and University lectures to enrich and enable students to see the application of Psychology around them and the possible career prospects available.  

One of the strongest features of studying Psychology is that you will be learning to understand human behaviour, which is an essential skill in any career. You may find that it best complements subjects such as Business, Politics, Biology, RPE, Mathematics, History or Sport Science.  

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Charlotte Findlay

Head of Psychology

I joined Oakham School in September 2021 from Hinchingbrooke School in Cambridgeshire, where I was the Lead Psychology and Health and Social Care teacher for four years. I hold a degree in Psychosocial Studies, along with a Masters in Counselling Psychology, and I'm currently undertaking a Masters in Education at the University of Leicester.

I am passionate about Psychology and have worked within the field prior to teaching as a Bereavement Counsellor, Mental Health Support Worker for teenagers and within HMP Peterborough as a rehabilitation mentor for ex-offenders. Currently, I support the British Psychological Society with educational resources on topics such as Memory and Learning.

I'm looking forward to joining the Oakham family and inspiring the first generation of Oakham psychologists as they explore the world around them.