Scholars Society

The purpose of the Scholars Society at Oakham is to create amongst its members an ethos that places the 'life of the mind' at the centre of individual development. Whilst it is unapologetically elitist, it is certainly not exclusive. In addition to those who hold a formal academic scholarship or exhibition, there are also a considerable number of 'Housemasters Nominees': individuals whom Housemasters and the Senior Academic Mentor believe will benefit from the activities of the Society.

Within their respective year groups – with Lower School pupils constituting a single group – members of the Society are divided into seminar groups. The exceptions are Form 7 students, who are allocated in pairs to a particular seminar group in the role of mentors. Each seminar group has an hour-long seminar per half-term led by the Senior Academic Mentor, who provides a short stimulus that the assembled Scholars discuss in much the same way that seminars are conducted at university.

Darren Sheppard

Darren Sheppard

Senior Academic Mentor

I have been Senior Academic Mentor since September 2015. The role is a development of my previous role as Master of Scholars, and involves responsibility for overseeing and encouraging the progress of pupils holding an academic award, and also the Oxbridge process. I was Head of Religion and Philosophy for nine years, having joined the School in 2005. In addition I am a tutor in the Upper School. I hold a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, following an MA in Continental Philosophy and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Literature (First Class).