Boarding in the Lower School
Boarding in Oakham’s Lower School is the start of an exciting adventure, where pupils get the chance to make lots of friends, try new things and enjoy the best of family life. Oakham’s flexible approach to boarding means that pupils are able to move seamlessly between boarding and home life with different options to suit all our families.
Lower School boarders stay in their own comfortable and homely surroundings in Hodges on the Lower School (Jerwoods) campus. Here they are cared for by the Head of Lower School Boarding, Matthew Powell, and resident staff. This includes two Assistant Houseparents, and a Resident Tutor for Hodges Boys and a Resident Tutor for Hodges Girls. Jerwoods is also home to the Head of Lower School, Adrian Morris, and his family. Together this resident team provides a strong and supportive network for our youngest boarders.
Our Lower School boarding facilities provide lots of indoor and outdoor space, and the site is currently undergoing a major redevelopment that will include new facilities in which to work and play. Pupils particularly enjoy the outside space provided for their exclusive use; playing ‘Out Back’ is a favourite past-time, as is tending the newly planted flowers and vegetables in their garden.
Weekends are great fun and boarders look forward to an exciting programme of activities, ranging from trips to Drayton Manor theme park, the cinema, or ice skating.
Lower School transitional boarding
The first step into boarding can feel a big one for parents as well as children, so our Lower School pupils can choose to stay from just 2 to 5 nights a week in their boarding home with fees graded accordingly. On those nights, pupils enjoy all the benefits of boarding and they also have the option to join fellow boarders in their weekend activities. They can also stay on non-boarding nights for prep, supper and activities until school bedtime. For busy parents transitional boarding offers the ideal combination of flexibility and peace of mind.
When pupils move into the Middle School at age 13, they can then choose between full boarding, flexi-boarding (up to 5 nights a week) or being a day pupil.
I joined Oakham as the Head of Lower School in September 2017. In this role I am closely assisted by my wife Sue. Living on the Jerwoods site means that we are able to get to know the children very well indeed and we feel very privileged to be so closely involved in guiding these young Oakhamians through their formative early years at Oakham School. Our aim is to focus on all aspects of our pupils’ learning experience both in and out of the classroom, sparking their interests as well as equipping them with a strong academic groundwork for the Middle School.
I joined Oakham in 2014, having previously taught at a day school in North Cambridgeshire, following my PGCE and Undergraduate degree at Loughborough University. As well as being Head of Lower School Boarding, I teach Design and Technology, and have previously worked in Research and Development in the motor industry.
My other passions included rugby, shooting and cricket; I still play at Oakham Cricket Club and am a playing member of the MCC. I am ably supported by my wife, Gemma, and we have a young daughter, Molly.