To ensure all our pupils reach their academic potential during their time at Oakham and develop the learning skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world, we provide challenge and support tailored to their individual needs.
Tutors play a vital role at Oakham in helping pupils to maintain a balance between academic, creative and social activities. Each pupil has their own Tutor and all Houses have Resident and House Tutors to give additional support. Working with Housemasters, Housemistresses and parents, Tutors have an important role helping pupils fulﬁl personal goals, guiding them with strategies to manage their busy lives and ensuring they are both academically and socially stimulated. Our small tutorial groups enable Tutors to get to know their tutees very well, so they are well placed to help with any issues – academic or pastoral – that may arise.
Tracking performance, through detailed assessment and target setting by both teachers and the pupils themselves, is an essential way to understand progress towards personal goals. If we think there is an issue that may hamper success, we will ﬂag this up immediately and take remedial action. We keep in regular contact with parents through Housemasters, Housemistresses and Tutors and also more formally via Progress Reports (PRs) that are published twice a term and an annual parents’ evening for each year group.
We enrich our pupils’ learning through our academic societies and clubs. From Dissection Club to Spanish Society, there are over 20 academic societies and clubs for pupils to join.
- We run a rich programme of regular lectures and seminars from leading academic thinkers.
- Our Academic Scholars are stretched further by their Senior Academic Mentor to encourage wider academic reading and research.
We consider it essential that students with a particular interest and ability in an academic ﬁeld are able to develop fully. We oﬀer participation in scholarly events and departmental societies, and mentoring schemes whereby individuals are paired with older students, younger students, and specialist teachers, to explore their areas of intellectual passion beyond the classroom.
Key to all this is our Senior Academic Mentor, who guides the intellectual development of our most academically able pupils throughout their School careers; from helping them to identify and expand their academic interests through guided reading and discussion via the Scholars Society, to equipping students to make strong applications, including guidance for any admissions tests, to the top universities in the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge.