Life at Oakham

Oakham is a caring community where we nurture yet challenge our pupils and teach them how to be independent, thoughtful and responsible young adults, who are ready to take on the challenges of life beyond School.

We aim to offer all pupils the benefits of our exceptional boarding provision in ways that suit modern family life. Key to this is the individual care we provide each pupil so they can discover where their interests and talents lie and pursue them wholeheartedly within a friendly, secure and supportive environment.

The comprehensive structure of our pastoral care, at the heart of which is our supportive House system, is how we ensure that our pupils thrive throughout their time at Oakham. Every pupil at Oakham, whether boarding or day, belongs to a House, with an even split of 8 girls Houses and 8 boys Houses. Pupils in the Lower School have their own separate Houses on the Jerwoods campus. Their House is central to a pupil's life at Oakham, providing a place of security, support and friendship. It is no coincidence that some of the strongest lifelong friendships are made within Houses. Each House has a distinctive personality and there is a healthy level of fun competition between them; playing for 'House Pride' and showing 'House Spirit' are familiar mantras that all pupils use.

We believe the relationship between House staff and parents is a crucial one and we encourage communication and involvement. By working in partnership, parents and House staff can ensure the continuity of support that allows each pupil to feel secure, valued and understood.

Life at Oakham is all about balance. Our 50:50 mix of boarding and day pupils and equal numbers of girls and boys live and work together in our beautiful school campus, which is part of the historic market town of Oakham. Pupils who live in the local area enjoy the company of students from international backgrounds and this social harmony forms the basis of Oakham School’s friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere.

Sarah Gomm

Sarah Gomm

Deputy Head (Pastoral)

I teach Chemistry and am married with two children who both enjoyed an Oakham education. Previously, I was a Welsh international lacrosse player, and I have coached lacrosse for over 20 years. Having lived in a boys’ boarding house for 16 years and tutored girls for over 20 years, I am passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and oversee a comprehensive pastoral and co-curricular programme.