Buchanans provides a home from home for around 60 girl boarders aged between 13 and 17 years. Helped by a team of residential and visiting tutors, a team of Form 6 Prefects and a Head of House, we encourage all age groups to mix together and support each other within the House, as well as at a variety of sporting, dramatic and musical house events.
Each girl has the encouragement and confidence to discover their own talents and cultivate them, whilst having the greatest respect for those around them.
We pride ourselves on catering for the individual, recognising each personality and unique talent, and in doing so, helping every girl to develop her full potential. The House is full of multi-talented young ladies, be it on the stage, in academia, on the sports field, or as musicians, but what is important to us is that each girl has the encouragement and confidence to discover their own talents and cultivate them, whilst having the greatest respect for those around them.
My husband Patrick and I live with our young son, Harry, in our own private side of the House, however, I feel it is important to provide the girls with a 'family away from family', and so we have an open door policy, giving the girls the opportunity to use our home as an extension of their own living space. We welcome the girls into our own home to have a chat about things in depth, informally, in a group or in private – whenever the need arises. It is not uncommon to find a group of girls baking in our kitchen, or preparing nibbles for the forthcoming evening entertainment!
History of the House
- Built in the 1920s by former Oakham School Headmaster JW Sargant on his retirement, Buchanans was originally called Orchard House.
- In 1977 it became the Boarding House for Sixth Form girls and was named after JD Buchanan, another former Headmaster, who introduced co-education to Oakham.
- Buchanans became a home to Middle School girls in 1980 when Round House became the residence for girls in their final year at School.
About the Housemistress
I joined Oakham in 2002 as a teacher of PE and Games and was fortunate enough to take over the running of the department a few short years later. I became Buchanans Housemistress in 2011. I was appointed Senior Housemistress in September 2016. My husband Patrick (who is a graphic designer and Games coach and Senior Tutor in Clipsham) and I live with our young son Harry, and Tia the dog.