Being a Day pupil at Oakham
Day pupils at Oakham are very much part of our 24/7 boarding environment, and benefit from the same extensive programme of activities and opportunities as our boarders.
Our Day Houses provide an excellent base for day pupils as they go about their busy lives. The Houses are open every day from 7.30am–7.30pm (6.00pm in the Lower School), allowing flexibility for working families, with staff on hand to help the pupils with their day-to-day needs. The Houses have large common rooms, a kitchen, many different areas for quiet work, including a study base for each pupil, and changing facilities. All Houses have space outdoors where the students can relax and let off steam. Our aim is to offer our day pupils exactly the same experience as a boarder but without the beds!
Because of the range of activities on offer, pupils sometimes end up starting and finishing the day at different times, depending on which event or club they are taking part in. Day pupils may therefore opt to arrive for breakfast and stay on for supper and prep if they need to be in School for evening and weekend events at no extra charge. This free service provides invaluable flexibility at the beginning and end of the school day.
Lower School Extended Day
To help families of day pupils in the Lower School, we offer the option of an Extended Day at no extra charge. Lower School day pupils are welcome to join the boarders for breakfast in the Barraclough at 7.30am. After school, they can also stay for supper and supervised prep until 7.45pm. You can choose to do one or the other, or both, depending on your schedule, and on which day/s to do this regularly on each term. If you’d like to know more about our Extended Day, please contact Adrian Morris, Head of Lower School, who will be very happy to help and answer any questions you may have.
Flexible Boarding Options
We also offer families two flexible boarding options - Lower School transitional boarding (2-5 nights a week) and Middle School flexi-boarding (up to 5 nights a week). This is particularly popular with our day families who live further afield from Oakham, as it allows the chance for their son or daughter to spend the weekend at home after finishing sport on a Saturday afternoon.
I was appointed Senior Housemistress in September 2016 and have been Housemistress of Buchanans, a Middle School girls’ boarding house since 2011. Prior to this I was Head of Girls PE and Games and spent 8 years as Director of Netball. I have been a Sports teacher for 15 years and specialise in netball, swimming and athletics and have an interest in mental health in schools.