‘Spirit’ is the word that is thoroughly embedded in all that we do in Haywoods, a Boarding House for around 60 boys aged 13–17 years. The boys, past and present, possess a remarkable range of talents and skills – some very clear and obvious, as OOs Tom Croft, Stuart Broad and Miles Jupp ably illustrate – but every single Haywoodian has a character and perspective that will shape their lives just as significantly as the exams they take and certificates they collect.
Every single Haywoodian has a character and perspective that will shape their lives just as significantly as the exams they take and certificates they collect.
There are no set piece schemes that we follow; simply a set of values that stand alongside formally learnt lessons. We are a community and every boy is proud to be part of that; we have fun – easily forgotten in the prescriptive world in which we live; we think of others and, crucially, we seek to do our best, however that may be measured. It is only by pushing our own parameters that we truly benefit from the tremendous opportunities offered at Oakham.
If every boy can reflect back on their time in Haywoods and feel that they were given a sensible foundation for their futures and were taught to be confident in themselves, then the values that we hold here on Kilburn Road will have proven worthwhile. We have always been a sporty House, but a recent track record of success in music, drama, debating and art show that we are able to offer a genuinely balanced environment. Colonel Tom would be very proud.
History of the House
- Purpose-built in 1989, Haywoods is the most modern of Oakham’s Boarding Houses.
- The House is named after Colonel Tom Haywood, Chairman of Trustees for 13 years. He was a JP and Senior Member of the Cambridge alumni Pitt Club. It is this link to Culture and Arts that we are particularly keen to reinforce in all who pass through the House.
About the Housemaster
I joined Oakham in 2005 as a teacher of PE and Games. Oakham was my first teaching post in the UK, after previously teaching at Dale College and Rondebosch Boys’ in South Africa and I also played a bit of rugby in Ireland and England. I have been Head of Boys PE since 2006. I was previously Senior Tutor in Clipsham before starting my new position as Housemaster of Haywoods in 2018. I enjoy all Oakham has to offer and look forward to an exciting and rewarding future ahead.