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Inspired and inspiring women

As a truly co-educational school (with 50% girls and 50% boys) that fully embraced co-education back in the 70s before other independent secondary schools, we don’t just celebrate inspiring women on International Womens’ Day!  We celebrate inspiring women all year round and this term alone we’ve enjoyed fascinating and motivational talks and advice from women in all fields from England Netballer, Jodie Gibson, to OO sailing legend, Emily Nagel. 

That said, we were delighted to be able to take part in the national celebrations taking place on International Womens’ Day, as a 'Women in Innovation Award' was unveiled at Oakham.  Old Oakhamian Dolores Sanders' success was both celebrated and commemorated with a fantastic plaque unveiled in her honour outside the Smallbone Library, as a result of her being named one of Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation Award’ winners. To read more about her success and how she inspired the current Oakhamians who attended the ceremony, click here.

All Form 6 and 7 students were also invited to enjoy a series of seminars hosted by The Matthews Society to celebrate International Womens’ Day.  The Society, founded in 2013, attracts around 60 members to its monthly meetings. To learn more about The Matthews Society and how they celebrated International Womens’ Day click here. 

The Matthews Society lectures, which featured some of Oakham’s teachers and staff, emphasises that we don’t just have to look outside of our school community to find inspiring women.  Indeed, there are a number of current Oakhamians who have inspired others across the School this term alone, including:

  • Form 7 student Holly, who was awarded her TeenTech award at  Buckingham Palace for her research project on the  ‘Underrepresentation of Women' in Computer Science. Having had the chance to meet Delores, Holly says, “Having studied the importance of role models in encouraging young students to get involved in STEM, it was really inspiring to see the School celebrating one of its own female innovators. Such a positive example of the potential for young girls who do get involved in technology I'm sure will only further support the students at School and encourage them to develop their potential and interests in the future.” 
  • Form 6 student Clare, who, along with her dog Tia, won a much-coveted place in the Crufts ‘Agility Dog of the Year’ Final!  To read more about how Clare used one of her School activities sessions to learn to train Tia, click here.
  • Form 1 pupil Katie, won a prize in the mixed media category at the Rutland Open Youth Art Exhibition. Her creative artwork was on display to the public – see her inspiring Wangechi Mutu themed artwork here

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