Oakham’s new Johnson Building was officially opened this weekend, during the School’s Speech Day celebrations. A short ceremony was undertaken by Mr Peter Lawson, as one of his last official duties as Oakham’s Chair of Trustees.
The Johnson Building, which offers modern and spacious classrooms for Religion and Philosophy, Geography and Learning Support, has already been well used by students. The building, which is connected to the Merton classroom block, has been officially named after Oakham’s Founder, Archdeacon Robert Johnson. “Given his importance, we wanted to ensure Robert Johnson was both recognised and celebrated, by naming one of our buildings in his honour,” says Headmaster Nigel Lashbrook.
The Johnson name has always been present at the School, albeit in a number of different locations, over the years. It was the name given to the Day Boys’ House in the late 50s, which was finally found a home in the old Johnsons Building, which was housed on the site of the newly opened building! A framed history of the various iterations of the Johnson’s name at Oakham now adorns the wall of the new building for all pupils to enjoy. This includes a Johnson’s school tie, kindly donated by OO, John Bottomley (68).
Nigel continues “It was also very fitting that Peter Lawson, who has generously given his time, energy and expertise as Chair of Trustees for the last five years, should undertake this ceremony as one of his last official roles. Both his name, and that of our Founder, have, through the naming of this building, now been officially marked in Oakham’s history.”