Owen Hughes

Housemaster of Chapmans

No visitor to Chapmans – a Boarding House for around 60 boys aged 13–17 years – can help but be struck by the sense of camaraderie and mutual respect that optimises the House. Stroll into the Common Room after lunch and you'll find a boy from every year group socialising with staff and peers alike; attend any of Oakham's many school functions and find Chapmans boys partaking and excelling in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities; or simply stop and talk to a boy from Chapmans on the street and be struck by their personable nature and willingness to help.

Respect lies at the heart of everything we do.

Chapmans is a House where every child can find their potential and excel. Indeed, every child has something that they are good at – and in Chapmans the House staff aim is to seek that 'thing' out and nurture it. The House is known for its diversity of talent and variety of skills; there are top class designers, academic scholars, 1st team sports players, talented artists, gifted musicians and all-rounders throughout the building. Most specially, everyone is respected for their potential and talent, regardless of year group or discipline.

Perhaps a standout quality to appreciate about the Chapmans community is their ability to listen. There is an excellent prefect body, who pride themselves on the fact that all the younger year groups feel entirely comfortable (and eager) to seek out their Form 6 mentors and ask for help. The staff seem to always be on hand to lend an ear and boys are comfortable telling each other how they feel – a quality that we sometimes take for granted. Overall, Chapmans is a House where respect lies at the heart of everything we do. 

History of the House

  • Originally an 18th century hunting lodge, Chapmans became part of Oakham School in 1910. It was called Junior House to accommodate junior boarders aged 8–13 years.
  • Chapmans is named after its first Housemaster, F E Chapman, an Old Oakhamian who was at the School between 1878 and 1883.

About the Housemaster

I joined Oakham in September 2021 as Housemaster of Chapmans and a Teacher of Business, having previously been a Teacher of Business and Deputy Housemaster at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and then Head of Business and Economics at Durham School. I am excited to be leading Chapmans and helping the boys in the House become the best versions of themselves that they can be.
I am a keen sportsman, having been a rugby player in my youth and now a coach of rugby and football. I am married to Caroline and we have two sons, Charlie and Harry.