Through our exceptional pastoral care, we nurture all aspects of our pupils’ intellectual, physical, mental and spiritual development.
Key to this is our unique House structure, which enables us to provide support tailored to the age of our pupils at every stage of their Oakham journey. In the Lower School pupils join one of our four Lower School Houses that are situated on the separate Jerwoods campus. At 13 pupils join one our 10 Middle School Houses in the heart of the School. In Form 7, their final year, girls move to Round House and boys to School House, where they have greater independence.
Each House has a caring and experienced team of adults, who are always on hand to deal with the day-to-day issues that arise for the pupils in their care. In addition to the Housemaster or Housemistress and Tutors, all Houses benefit from the support of a Matron.
Tutors play a vital role in providing individual attention for our pupils and delivering our excellent tutorial programme. Each pupil has his or her own Tutor, who works closely with Housemasters/Housemistresses and parents to help their tutees fulfil personal goals, develop strategies to manage their busy lives and feel both academically and socially stimulated. Our small tutorial groups and regular tutorial meetings enable tutors to get to know their tutees very well. Tutors often organise informal activities with their tutor groups, such as a meal out in a restaurant, a cinema visit or even paintballing, which prove very popular with pupils and help to strengthen the tutor-tutee relationship further.
Beyond the Houses, we are very proud of the strong and supportive network of adults who work at Oakham to provide for every pupil’s needs. Our full-time Chaplain provides a variety of formal and informal support for the School community, giving pupils and staff - whatever their religious beliefs - opportunities for quiet, personal reflection within the busy life of the School and offering a sympathetic and compassionate listening ear. The nursing staff and Mental Health Team in our Medical and Pastoral Centre offer help in a variety of ways to promote physical and mental health. and our catering team are always striving to ensure that our pupils receive a balanced and nutritious diet.
Oakham has a clear set of rules and expectations, based on mutual respect and kindness, which have been designed with our pupils’ safety and wellbeing in mind. Traditional values, good manners and care for others become second nature. Pupils learn to support one another within and beyond their House communities and they develop the courage to stand up for what is right. Occasionally children make mistakes and we help them learn from these experiences in a constructive and consistent manner.
Sarah Gomm, Deputy Head (Pastoral)