Housemistress of Lincoln

Lincoln is a busy, fun-filled place where the girls, aged 10–13 years, can be themselves, experience fresh challenges, and make new friends.

Assisted by my experienced house team, we work closely together to ensure that all the girls are safe and confident, and to create purposeful and proactive opportunities for them to contribute to our Lincoln community in a way that enriches their lives. This might be volunteering to run a cake stall to raise money for charity or organising a house talent show; taking on responsibilities and taking calculated risks are everyday habits for these young ladies.

The homely environment provided by Lincoln includes a common room, a games room, kitchen, and study room with lots of outdoor space to let off steam.

Lincoln is a place where the girls can be themselves, experience fresh challenges, and make new friends.

Essential elements of Lincoln life include our weekly ‘Truly Great’ photo, where a student-nominated Lincolnian has their photo taken and displayed in House.

History of the House

  • Opened in 1974, Lincoln is one of four Lower School Houses grouped together on the Jerwoods campus.
  • The House is named after the neighbouring diocese of Lincoln, to mirror that of Peterborough House next door.
  • The Jerwoods site is named after John Jerwood (OO), the Visitor (a highly esteemed member of the Trustees) and benefactor to the School.

About the Housemistress

I joined Oakham School in January 2014 as the Assistant Director of Sport (Girls). I first worked at Oakham back in 1999 as a teacher of PE and AS/A2 Sport Studies and then Head of Girls Games before moving to a role as Headmaster’s wife at S. Anselm’s Prep School and Cargilfield Prep School, near Edinburgh. At S. Anselm’s I held the position of Director of Sport and whilst in Scotland I joined the the Scotland Netball Pathways Programme to coach and prepare talented netball players at U17 international level.


Caroline Harmes

Assistant Houseparent Hodges Girls

I joined the Lower School boarding team in September 2017, having previously worked in schools for over 20 years. The health and well-being of the girls in my care is of paramount importance to me. I like nothing better than sitting in the kitchen having a chat with the girls over a cup of tea or playing a board game with them – Cluedo being a particular favourite of mine! I have two daughters, a son, and a granddaughter. I enjoy cooking, reading, music and love doing crosswords!

Pyper Denneman

Gap Student

I am working with the girls in Ancaster House, assisting Mrs Petit. I’m from the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia and I went to MacKillop Catholic College. My main interests are Sport, particularly Cricket and Netball. So far, I have been mostly impressed with Oakham’s tight knit community. I look forward to taking advantage of new opportunities and further getting involved with school life, as well as the hope to travel and explore the UK/Europe.