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Clipsham

Clipsham offers a home from home for about 70 day boys, aged between 13–17 years. The House ethos, developed by the boys themselves, is based on three principles:

  • Challenge yourself
  • Respect each other
  • Celebrate effort and success.

STEPHEN DACHTLER

Housemaster of Clipsham

Together with my highly experienced Senior Tutor, Patrick Latham, and wider tutor team, we celebrate all the different talents and interests of our boys and support them in their endeavours. At Oakham we nurture great academics, actors, musicians, artists and sportsmen but above all, Clipsham is a House where everyone is respected and treated as an individual.

Clipsham is a House where everyone is respected and treated as an individual.

Clipsham is open every day from 7.30am–7.30pm, allowing flexibility for working families, with staff on hand to help the boys as they go about their busy lives. Our aim is to offer our boys exactly the same experience as a boarder but without the beds!

Our position in Schanschieffs means that the boys have easy access to all playing fields and we are just a short walk from the main hub of the School. We have excellent facilities for all four year groups, including a common room, kitchen and study rooms, not to mention the famous Clipsham terrace. All pupils in the House have their own desk to work at and they also have the option of using the House library and quiet room, or the computer room to complete their prep.

Vital to the smooth running of the House is the student leadership team. Carefully selected after a formal application and interview, the Prefects and my Head of House co-ordinate much that goes on within the Clipshamite community. They are responsible for organising our House families and run the diverse social events and fundraising activities that take place throughout the year. These range from formal dinners, such as the Form 6 Guest Night at the Finch’s Arms, to the renowned Clipsham burger-making competition, to the hotly contested interhouse competitions.

History of the House

  • Opened in 1997, Clipsham is one of four Middle School Day Houses, which together form the part of the school campus known as Schanschieffs.
  • In common with the other Houses in Schanschieffs, the House derives its name from a local village: Clipsham, where former trustee Sir David Davenport-Handley lived. The stone from his Clipsham Quarry Company has been used to construct many of the School’s buildings.

About the Housemaster

I joined the thriving Drama Department at Oakham in 2014, having previously taught at Stowe School in my home town of Buckingham, Milton Keynes. I worked as a Resident Tutor in School House before being appointed as Senior Tutor next door in Barrow in 2017. As Housemaster of Clipsham, I encourage the boys to do their utmost to seize the opportunities on offer at Oakham, whatever their interests. I like to see the boys being brave and attempting new challenges, working outside of their comfort zone rather than playing it safe – that way they can truly understand their potential.

Outside of work I enjoy most sports, travelling and attending the theatre. I am ably supported by my fiancée, Alexis Hayes, who teaches in the Geography Department and previously ran her own Form 7 Day House.

sdd@oakham.rutland.sch.uk