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Wharflands

TIM DIXON DALE

Housemaster of Wharflands

Together with our Resident Tutors Mr Clamp and Mr Bett, Sue our Matron and the wider Tutor Team, Wharflands celebrates all the different talents and interests of our boys and supports them in their endeavours. We nurture great academics, actors, musicians, artists and sportsmen - but above all Wharlands is a House where everyone is respected and treated as an individual.  

Wharflands is a place where we value success in all spheres, at all levels, and at all age groups. Our motto is " You will only know what you can achieve when you try". By encouraging our boys to be organised, resilient and to have self-belief, we allow them to have the confidence to challenge themselves in all aspects of school life. The three most commonly used words (by the boys themselves) to describe what it means to be a good Wharflander are: "honest", "open" and "involved".

You will only know what you can achieve when you try.

My house team and I believe that a successful House is one that allows the boys in it to feel confident, secure and happy, and provides the encouragement, support and structure necessary for them to go to School every day and give their all in everything they do. A successful House is one where support is not only provided by the house staff, but also by the rest of the house community. A successful House is one in which a variety of backgrounds, experiences, interests, talents and personalities can all be shared, celebrated and enjoyed. 

Wharflands is a Flexi-Boarding House where boys aged 13–17 live. We are right at the heart of the School – a stone’s throw from the library, Science Department, Barraclough (dining hall) and the first team sports pitches on Doncaster Close. Social events are often shared with the girls in Stevens House next door. Some of the most prized rooms are on the west side of the House – nothing to do with picturesque sunsets: you can see the 1st XV rugby and 1st XI cricket play without having to leave your room! 

History of the House

  • Wharflands became a boarding house in 1920, joining together a former Victorian hunting lodge with a warehouse and stables for the Oakham to Melton canal.
  • This accounts for both the name of the House, and its varied character – big, bright rooms of four for pupils in Form 3, whilst Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Formers have single or twin rooms in the old stable block.

About the Housemaster

I joined Oakham in 2007 as a Business Studies and Economics teacher after having previously worked in Asset Management within the Financial Services industry. I was a Resident Tutor for three years in Wharflands, before joining Clipsham in 2011 as the Senior Tutor and subsequently Housemaster in 2016. I am keen on all forms of sport and have coached the senior rugby and hockey teams. My other interests include snowboarding, cricket, and downhill mountain biking. I am married to Sarah and English teacher at Oakham and one of the Schools Deputy Safeguarding Leads and we have two young daughters, Scarlett and Tilly.

tdd@oakham.rutland.sch.uk