Congratulations to Alex, a senior cadet from Oakham School CCF who has the privilege of becoming one of the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets for the County of Rutland.
Congratulations to Alex, a senior cadet from Oakham School CCF who has the privilege of becoming one of the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets for the County of Rutland.
Lower 1 pupils have enjoyed a day at the Warning Zone in Leicester learning about staying safe and how to protect themselves online.
Form 3 artists enjoyed an exciting Art Project day last Monday, with three artists leading workshops using some diverse approaches and techniques.
Last night saw IB Diploma and A-level Spanish pupils enjoying the termly Film and Pizza evening.
Seventh formers recently attended the ‘Futures Conference’ jointly organised by the Careers Department and Upper School team.
This week saw Form 1 pupils continue with their MYP Community Project, which they started on their MYP Induction day in September.
Lower 1 were visited by Clan Wulfhar, a Viking reenactment group who shared their knowledge of Viking weaponry, daily life in a Viking household and Viking medicine.
Oakham’s U14 girls’ hockey team is celebrating after claiming the Tier 1 County Champion title.
Form 2 took their annual trip to Leicester with the Religion and Philosophy (RP) and Geography Departments.
F7 Oakham students have just returned from a very successful MUN Conference held at Cheadle Hulme School over Service weekend.
Oakham pupils have a busy three days ahead, facing an array of challenges as part of their Service Weekend.
A group of Form 7 Biology and ESS pupils are on their field course trip at Rhyd-y-creuau in North Wales. FSC Rhyd-y-creuau is set in the beautiful, rugged landsape of the Snowdonia National Park, yet is also close to secluded wooded valleys, rocky shores and beaches.
In celebration of National Poetry Day (7 October) pupils at Oakham School have been getting creative with a project that mixes Art and English together.
The U16 Netball team have finished runners up in the County Championships and are through to the Regional Finals.
Oakham School recently welcomed internationally acclaimed author Nicola Morgan to the Wilson Auditorium to deliver a talk on parenting and the teenage brain.
The first Biology Society (BioSoc)of the academic year, saw members of Forms 6 and 7 listening to talks relating to different aspects of biology and chemistry.
Oakham School is delighted to announce that it has become an U15 Academy Hub for the Superleague Netball Club Loughborough Lightning, where players can train and develop their netball skills each week.
Rutland Foodbank has received a donation of nearly £1,000 worth of food from pupils at Oakham School following a receipt challenge at their Harvest Festival which will now help provide essentials to families across the county.
The lunchtime recital on Wednesday 29 September was a rare tribute to the catalogue of wonderful songs composed especially for Disney films over the past 70+ years.
Oakham School is delighted to reveal its beautiful newly designed Prospectus, showcasing our vibrant and friendly community in all its glory.
During Form 2 MYP Community Day, Oakham pupils looked at migration and refugees.
Oakham pupils will be attending the Cheadle Hulme Model United Nations (MUN) conference over service weekend, representing the nations of Israel and Brazil.
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Form 5 Religion & Philosophy pupils visited Cambridge Buddhist Centre and Ely Cathedral this week as part of their GCSE course.
Oakham’s U14 netball team are celebrating a County win after winning all 9 games at the County Tournament to secure their place in the Regional Tournament for the 5th year running
Last week saw the return of live theatre to the QET, with the Middle School Drama Scholars putting on the first production of the new academic year - a successful three-night run of ‘The Government Inspector’.
Charlie (Form 4) and Archie (Form 6) entertained us with their accomplished playing on Wednesday 15 September.
Samantha (Form 6) was the next recitalist to perform on Wednesday 22 September.
Oakham School welcomed back Old Oakhamian Sam Wolstenholme (‘18) to help coach the 1st XV rugby team in their preparations for the forthcoming competitions against Leicester Grammar, Bedford and Bromsgrove. Sam also helped coach the U14 session.
Form 5 Religion & Philosophy pupils visited Cambridge Buddhist Centre and Ely Cathedral this week as part of their GCSE course
Lower One pupils enjoyed a visit to nearby Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water to learn about the different habitats found there.
Oakham School welcomed back four Old Oakhamians - Becca Malyon (‘21), Hannah Moursi (‘18), Sassy Norton (‘18), and Ella Turner (‘21) - last weekend, as they joined our Form 7 netballers for some valuable match practice.
Oakham School is celebrating a new accolade after its Design and Technology Department received a prestigious award for its work during the Covid-19 Pandemic
After a two-year break, the 12th Annual Tom Grant Football Festival, held in memory of Old Oakhamian Tom Grant (‘05), took place at the School’s Wilson Fields. Twelve Houses competed in the friendly House competition, all striving to win the Champions League replica trophy.
Congratulations to CCF Officer and Teacher of Geography Duncan Wright who has been awarded the Cadet Forces Medal in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
For the first time in more than 18 months, Geographers were able to undertake some fieldwork outside of the 'classroom' in preparation for their forthcoming GCSE exams.
Congratulations to Max W and Emily, who were the U17 and U19 county winners respectively of the Leicestershire County Squash competition that was held at the beginning of September.
Oakham School is pleased to announce that Mrs Anna Steiger has been appointed as the new Director of Admissions.
Form 7 Biology pupils have settled straight back into their lessons this week with PCR testing; something which has become very well known to everyone due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Oakham’s boarders have had a fantastic first weekend of the new school year, taking part in all sorts of activities and trips.
On Friday September 10, the School welcomed Dr Dominque Thompson, who gave talks first to Form 7 students and then to parents of students in that year group, on the subjects of teenage and student mental health and making successful and smooth transitions to life beyond school.
The first week in September saw Oakham rugby players attend a four-day pre-season training camp at Greshams School.
The beginning of this new school year has felt like much more of a renaissance than normal, following the reduced concerts of the past two school years. To gather with the wider Oakham community in itself was a delight, and the music offerings of Mr Peter Davis, Oakham School's Director of Music, was a startling reminder of what we have all missed so much.
Oakham School is delighted that Ili (Form 7) has been appointed a Chairperson for the prodigious Cheadle Hulme MUN Conference.
Congratulations to Form 4 pupil Evelyn whose outstanding performance in the recent prestigious England Hockey Futures Cup has secured her a place in the England U16 National Age Group Assessment Squad.
Congratulations to Evie (Form 5) and Milly (Form 6) who were invited to attend an England Roses positional trial day at Loughborough University during the last week in August.
Four Oakhamians recently competed in the prestigious England Hockey Futures Cup and are celebrating after being ranked highly among their teams.
Earlier in August, twenty-one Form Six CCF cadets from Oakham School undertook their Gold assessed expedition in the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines.
Oakham School is thrilled to be welcoming a new sailing instructor ahead of the new academic year. Ollie Hooper, Sailing and Adventurous Learning Co-ordinator, is looking forward to showing pupils the ropes and continuing sailing as a sport at the school.
In a week that has already seen the A-level, BTEC and Pre-U results announced, the GCSE results were today released for all Form 5 (Year 11) pupils.
Retired Director of Outdoor Activities and teacher of IT, Steve Gorman and his wife Ali have taken on a gruelling charity cycling challenge to raise money for a local mental health organisation, Pepper’s- A Safe Place.
Form 6 pupils have gained valuable work experience this summer, helping them decide on future careers and demonstrating their potential to prospective employers or universities. They have attended some amazing placements despite the coronavirus pandemic ranging from medicine and marketing to engineering and scientific research.
Old Oakhamian Emily Nagel recently trialled with Great Britain SailGP for a place on the team, which is looking to include female members for the first time.
Old Oakhamian Alex Stadler (15) will be representing Germany at the Olympics in Tokyo, as goalkeeper for Germany’s Men’s Olympic hockey squad. The contest starts this weekend, and the team will play five group matches, with the top four in each pool qualifying for the quarter finals. Their first game will be against Canada this Saturday.
Old Oakhamian Jack van Poortvliet (19) led England U20s to a Grand Slam victory in the recent U20s Six Nations Championship with five wins from five matches in each of their games in the tournament.
After a long period without live music exams, Oakham School pupils have taken over 90 individual exams over the course of the Summer Term.
After a year off due to the pandemic, cricket fixtures have returned, and pupils have enjoyed competing again.
On the final day of the Summer Term and in line with government restrictions, Oakham School pupils, parents and staff were delighted to celebrate in person the end of an extraordinary year via several specially adapted Prize Giving ceremonies and Leavers’ events.
Pupils in Forms 5 and 7 enjoyed a variety of Bridging Courses, trips and activities to educate, entertain and inspire them following the end of their assessments.
This year's Lower School Prize Giving event gave pupils, parents and staff a wonderful opportunity to join together in person to celebrate the end of this academic year like no other.
The last week of term saw talented actors in Forms 4 and Form 6 put on a magical outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to socially distanced audiences.
Oakham’s rugby alumni have seen further success in recent weeks
Pupils welcomed the return of educational trips over the Summer term as travel and visit restrictions gradually lifted.
Oakham’s boarders have had an action-packed summer term back at school, with lots of activities in-house and trips around Rutland and the local countryside.
Oakhamians have served the community and participated in a variety of different charity giving initiatives this term.
It has been a busy term in the Careers Department.
IB Diploma students from Oakham School are celebrating today, having received excellent International Baccalaureate Diploma results that, once again, place them amongst some of the highest-scoring IB students in the world.
It has been an exceptional Athletics season for Oakham athletes who have picked up an extraordinary number of new records and wins.
This term has seen hundreds of pupils complete their Duke of Edinburgh challenges and CCF training, which have been adapted due to Coronavirus restrictions.
In June, 40 Lower School pupils, representing each year group, staged six excellent performances of the wonderful story The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, adapted by Glynn Robbins.
Congratulations to the seven Biologists in Form 7 who won medals and certificates in the 2021 Biology Olympiad, an annual competition, which aims to encourage pupils aged 16+ to take an interest in biology beyond the school curriculum.
Congratulations to Harry in Form 2 who has been awarded a commendation for his German to English translation of a poem by Lutz Rathenow, in the inaugural Anthea Bell Translation Prize for Young Translators.
Over the Summer term Oakham tennis players have seen plenty of success on their return to playing competitive fixtures, after a nearly two-year gap.
The end of the year Dance Showcase saw pupils from L1 to Form 4 give a remarkable performance of a variety of dance styles including street, jazz, musical theatre, jive and tap dance, to a selection of upbeat songs such as ‘I’m So Excited’, ‘Express Yourself’, and ‘Boogie Wonderland’.
Live music-making returned to Oakham on a grand scale as the School hosted its first ever Outdoor Musical Spectacular on the evening of Thursday 1 July.
Last week Oakham School welcomed Martin Johnson, who captained England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup and is regarded as one of England’s greatest ever rugby players, to help coach the rugby teams.
The final Lunchtime concert for this academic year was given by the Chamber Choir, superbly conducted by our Director of Music, Mr Peter Davis. There could not have been a more fitting and poignant way to round of an exceptional year.
Oakham Sports Scholar Jacob (Form 7) has been selected to join the Senior Leicester Tigers’ rugby team for the 2021/22 season.
Oakham School athletes performed outstandingly at the recent Achilles Schools’ Relays in Oxford.
Last week Lower 1 pupils enjoyed the annual residential trip to Lea Green Development Centre near Matlock in Derbyshire.
Oakham is delighted to officially become an International Baccalaureate MYP School following three years of successfully embedding the programme across Forms 1-3 (Years 7-9) and ‘passing’ an extensive verification visit which took place at the beginning of June.
The 1st XI Cricket team has raised more than six times their original target for the charity Chance to Shine after running a 24-hour net session.
After a year often spent apart or in socially distanced bubbles, Oakham’s entire Lower School community was delighted to join together to participate in a charity fundraising walk around Doncaster Close
Congratulations to Oakham School’s Director of Netball, Lauren Nicholls, who was part of the winning team Loughborough Lightning, that were crowned Super League champions at the weekend.
Members of the sixth form applying for competitive medical university courses had an intense week of practice sessions.
This week’s Music at Lunchtime recital was a feast of terrific piano playing, courtesy of gifted Form 5 pianists Jan & Obi. After a year of these fellow housemates spurring each other on in the pursuit of pianistic perfection, the recital offered a wonderful opportunity for us to enjoy their impressive music-making.
The past weekend saw success for both OOs playing in the U20 Six Nations, with England and Wales both winning their matches.
On Wednesday 23 June, the 1st XI Girls Cricket team will be running a 24-hour net session to raise money for the charity Chance to Shine.
We were delighted to learn that Form 4 music scholar, Eddie, achieved an outstanding distinction mark in his ABRSM Grade 6 online performance grade exam back in March 2021, scoring no fewer than 147 marks out of a total possible mark of 150.
Old Oakhamians Jack Van Poortvliet (19) and Sam Costelow (19) have been selected to play in the U20 Rugby Six Nations England and Wales teams, respectively, for the second year.
Congratulations to Adam (Form 3) who has been selected to participate in the live National Grand Final of the English-Speaking Unions (ESU) Shakespeare Monologue competition 2021, where he will compete with around 20 other Regional winners.
The audience in All Saints’ Church was treated to the wonderfully poetic piano playing of Form 7 music scholar, Rupert Fell, at lunchtime on Wednesday 16 June.
Last term saw Middle School pupils enjoy Sports Day in glorious sunshine.
After an absence of fifteen months, it was wonderful to attend All Saints’ Church for a lunchtime concert with the June sunshine streaming in the south-facing windows.
It has been a busy and interesting week for Oakham Biologists.
Our live Music at Lunchtime recitals continued this week with a vibrant recital by two of our talented Form 2 music scholars, Millie and Faith, performing on the violin as soloists and as a duo.
Last weekend saw three Old Oakhamians playing in the same Cricket County Championship match held at Trent Bridge with Tom Fell (12) representing Worcestershire and Lyndon James (17) and Stuart Broad (04) representing Nottinghamshire CCC.
Congratulations to the 19 Lower School pupils who received awards in this year’s Junior Maths Challenge, run by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT). 9 pupils received a bronze, 7 silver and 3 gold.
Form 7 IB pupils, who finished their assessments at the beginning of the Summer Term, have been able to take part in a range of courses and activities giving them the chance to experience a part of School life previously denied to them over the past year due to the pandemic.
Congratulations to Form 2 pupil Magnus who achieved the very rare feat of a hat-trick in cricket in the U13A fixture against Oundle.
Oakham School is delighted to announce the return of live music with an array of concerts planned for both the School and the wider community.
Oakham School’s Form 6 Biology Society members enjoyed an educational trip to Twycross Zoo, to learn more about conservation and biodiversity.
Congratulations to the 1st XI Cricket team who are the winners of the inaugural Bedford 10s tournament.
We were thrilled to be able to re-launch our live Music at Lunchtime recitals this week in the Chapel for our School community. This week's recitalists featured a selection of singers performing repertoire for their upcoming LCM music theatre exams.
Oakham pupils completing the School’s Duke of Edinburgh Award participated in a practice day in and around the local area this week.
Form 6 pupils have been attending several ‘After Oakham’ sessions, held by the Careers Department about the options available to them after Form 7.
Form 4 Voluntary Action pupils have been helping out at the Stamford Shakespeare Company (SCC) in preparation for the start of the 2021 season.
The start of the Summer Term has seen the arrival of our Gap students from Australia and South Africa.
Last night saw three Oakhamians, four Old Oakhamians and an Oakham teacher play in the Repton Cup, a friendly league tournament.
For this week's Music at Lunchtime recital we had the pleasure of listening to talented soprano, Eliza, perform 4 famous Mozart arias.
Last night saw the virtual prize-giving event take place for the Oxford German Olympiad 2020, during which the judges recognised the achievement of our Form 5 pupils James, George, Aashish, Lottie and Abi who had been selected as runners up in their category.
A fantastic Art exhibition featuring work by Form 3 pupils completed over the course of the year is now on display at the Wheelhouse gallery.
Form 4 music scholar, Eddie, has recorded a brilliant recital for this week's Music at Lunchtime recital. Eddie showcased his talents on drum kit, unaccompanied snare drum and xylophone.
The winner of Black+Blum’s first Student Design Competition has been announced following an impressive array of entries from 11-14 year old pupils from schools across the UK!
Congratulations to Old Oakhamian Hamish Watson (10) who has, today, been called up to play for the British and Irish Lions in their forthcoming tour of South Africa.
Oakham School Spanish and German teachers are introducing the fun of languages to Lower School pupils within the ‘Activity Program’.
Our Music at Lunchtime series continues with a recital by exceptional violinist and Form 6 music scholar, Lucy...
Rachael Pearson has recently been appointed as Head of Careers and Progression at Oakham School.
Oakham School is delighted with the new display in the Design and Technology Department, which focuses on how the subject influences the lives we live today, including building infrastructure, transferring data and playing sport.
This week’s Lower School Athletics Relay Invitational saw strong performances by the Lower School pupils against Stamford.
Oakham athletes have seen success and broken records in season openers this month.
Congratulations to Form 3 pupil Evie, the overall winner and Arts for Rutland Winner of the 11-13 category at the Rutland Open Youth Art Exhibition.
Our first lunchtime recital of the Summer Term was dedicated to the first performances of seven brand new works by Upper School musicians.
Sixth Formers from Oakham and Harington Schools enjoyed a presentation given by Ms Sian Griffiths of the University of Nottingham on clinical courses and degrees in life sciences offered by her university.
Four Form 6 pupils took part in the regional round of the J. S. Mill Cup this week, a Philosophy competition created by the University of St Andrews.
Form 5 Voluntary Action (VA) pupils have been helping with the Oakham Canal Green Corridor Charity Project, which aims to regenerate a part of the old Oakham canal.
This week has seen the welcome return of competitive sporting fixtures to Oakham School across all age groups.
Our Lower 1 music pupils have been working very hard this term and have created their very own Planets Suite inspired by Gustav Holst's The Planets...
An entrepreneurial Design and Technology Scholar from Oakham School has been inspired during Lockdown to design, manufacture and sell a standing desk – with all profits going to charity!
Last term saw pupils raise money for several charitable causes, both collectively and through individual initiatives.
It has been wonderful to once again have the children safely back on campus and enjoying being with their friends in the classroom, on the sports fields, playing music and on the stage.
Faced with yet another lockdown, Oakham rose to the changing landscape (again) to not just deliver the same excellent provision offered back in 2020 but to further develop and hone our Distance Learning.
It has been a busy and interesting term for the Matthews society, with pupils discussing issues affecting gender equality in society. The School also celebrated LGBTQ+ History month, recognising the achievements and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Oakham is delighted to be introducing Psychology as our newest subject offering for both A-levels and the IB Diploma from September 2021, led by our first Head of Psychology, Miss Charlotte Findlay.
During the last week of term IB Diploma pupils enjoyed an evening of celebration and awards recognising achievement within the IB Diploma programme, with several attending the event virtually.
Form 6 pupil, Olivia, reflects on what it’s like to return to the School campus after weeks of lockdown for day pupils and boarders.
Pupils in the Upper and Middle School at Oakham are currently rehearsing a ‘groovy’ version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – set in the 1960s!
Congratulations to the seven Form 7 Chemists who won certificates in the 2021 Chemistry Olympiad, a prestigious competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry!
The last ‘Kitchen Chemistry’ session of the term saw pupils set up a couple of fun experiments for testing over Easter.
Oakham’s boarders have had a fantastic 3 weeks back at the School since they returned from ‘Lockdown 2’.
Oakham pupils have seen success across the rifle range this term.
Our popular Music at Lunchtime series has continued online this term, sharing new weekly performances with the School, parents and a wider audience.
In place of our annual Singing Competition in February, we shared an online showcase of solo singing in a wide range of musical genres.
On 12 March, we hosted our very first online Piano Fiesta! featuring solo and duet performances by Oakham School pianists of all ages.
Dr Harpreet Sehmi MRCGP, GP partner at Eskdaill Medical Centre, Kettering, gave a talk to members of Form 6 DocSoc about becoming a general practitioner.
Whilst the Art studios of Oakham’s Richard Bull Centre were closed due to lockdown, teachers and pupils throughout the School found new and different ways to express themselves creatively in the comfort of their own homes.
Lower School pupils have been celebrating red nose day and fundraising for Comic Relief.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Oakham’s first Head of Psychology. Miss Charlotte Findlay will be joining Oakham to launch Psychology as our newest subject offering for both A-levels and the IB Diploma from September 2021.
The Art Department is delighted to announce its first online Photography exhibition, which is now available to view on the website.
During lockdown members of staff were given the opportunity to take part in a programme of activities designed to help them step away from all the current pressures of work and improve their wellbeing.
Congratulations to two members of Oakham’s talented English Department - Dr Diana Hallam and Dr Michael Cade-Stewart – whose work has been published in the latest edition of the EMagazine.
Oakham’s pupils and their English teachers have been celebrating the power of literature to provide solace and solidarity, adventure and amusement by taking part in a literary lockdown.
Pupils across all age groups – from Lower 1 to Form 7 – celebrated International Women’s Day last week with a range of student-led talks, discussion groups and creative challenges.
Congratulations to the 49 pupils who won certificates in the UKMT 2021 Intermediate Maths Challenge, including an excellent 12 Gold, 24 Silver and 20 Bronze award winners.
In recognition of World Book Day on March 4, Lower School pupils were asked to ‘Nail a Novel’ whilst at home last week.
Following Holocaust Memorial Day, pupils in Form 2 to Form 7 had the opportunity to attend a live online talk from Zigi Shipper BEM and his daughter Michelle Richman from the Holocaust Educational Trust.
The Matthews Society celebrated International Women’s Day today by watching a live panel event about sexist language in the dictionary, hosted by Oxford Languages.
Oakham School is busy preparing to open its campus and return to face-to-face teaching on Monday 8 March, after seven weeks of Distance Learning.
Calling all creative writers! The 2021 Oakham School Poetry Competition is now open to all pupils between the ages of 11 and 18.
Form 6 Art pupils enjoyed a talk by London based artist Charley Peters. Charley is also a writer on abstract painting, an independent curator, and is Course Leader on MA Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication.
Oakham is delighted to be introducing Psychology as a new subject choice from September 2021. This popular and rewarding subject will be offered for the first time in our Upper School. Pupils will now be able to choose to study Psychology at A-level, or as part of their IB Diploma.
Oakham’s annual Careers Week has gone online this year with pupils able to view a series of online videos made by industry experts designed to provide them with an insight into different careers and some top tips for their future job applications.
Form 6 Critical and Contextual Studies pupils have welcomed some wonderful guest speakers recently including the artist Ann-Marie James, who gave a talk about her career from leaving School to being a successful exhibiting artist.
OO Dr Navin Leanage (07), junior registrar (ST3) in emergency medicine, recently joined Oakham’s Doc Soc meeting online to give his perspective on the A&E ward during the current pandemic to pupils in Forms 6.
Oakham School’s Spanish Department is excited to announce the launch of their new Business Spanish course – Global Business Communication Spanish.
At the end of the first half of the Spring Term, third formers and Form 6 IB Diploma Ab Initio students of Spanish were in their kitchens making Spanish tortilla (Spanish omelette).
During the last week of term Lower School pupils enjoyed taking part in another Middle Years Programme (MYP) Community Day event, continuing their work from the first Community Day that took place in October
The Form 6 Critical and Contextual Studies group were lucky to have a wonderful guest speaker on Teams to talk to them about working within arts organisations.
Oakham’s Lower School pupils will take a dramatic voyage this term, as they have begun their virtual rehearsals of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Form 2 pupils have been exploring algorithms ‘unplugged’ this half-term using game design as inspiration.
Form 6 Critical and Contextual Studies (CCS) pupils recently welcomed guest speaker Andrew Gillespie, artist, curator and lecturer, who also runs a project space called ‘Recent Activity’ in Birmingham.
As Oakham School Sports Department begins the recruitment process for the next intake of Sports Graduate Fellow roles starting in September 2021, we talk to current and former Sports Graduates about the experience they have gained at the School.
The Matthews Society welcomed its second guest speaker of the term on Friday, this time Gwyneth Cook (OO 17), who explored the topic of ‘The Male Gaze’ in Art.
Form 6 pupils met virtually for the first time to discuss fundraising for a Nepalese School in Pokara as part of their International Baccalaureate Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) project.
This term Oakhamians have been enjoying taking part in an astonishing range of over 150 activities, as part of the School’s Distance Learning provision.
Congratulations to the three Oakhamians and one Old Oakhamian who have received offers this week to study at Oxbridge.
The Oakham School community joined together on Wednesday to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, which this year marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The girls of Gunthorpe House have successfully taken part in a new weekend challenge – to prepare and serve brunch or afternoon tea for their family – encouraging everyone to do something for others.
The Matthews Society moved online this month with a talk from OO Ella Norgaard Morton (16), former Matthews Society President and now a medical student at the University of Manchester.
Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, used her first parliamentary speech of 2021 as an opportunity to thank and give recognition to the many members of her constituency who have provided significant help and support to the local community during 2020.
The sports pitches may be quiet at Oakham School, but the Sports Department are still incredibly busy during lockdown – today having launched the School’s new ‘Sport and Wellbeing Course’ for the Spring Term.
Although our community may now be apart due to the new lockdown, Oakham School restarted the term today, Monday 11 January.
The countdown to this year’s BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards, which features Old Oakhamian Stuart Broad, is now on!
Huge congratulations to Form 4 music scholar, Eddie, who has achieved a distinction in his ATCL drum kit diploma.
Pupils and staff have participated in a variety of different charity giving initiatives this term, with a particular focus on helping those who are less fortunate this Christmas.
Pupils have enjoyed reuniting with their friends within their House bubbles this term, taking part safely in a vast array of House activities and interhouse competitions.
Oakham’s Lower School pupils have helped to donate over 300 gifts for the Trent Vineyard Church, in partnership with Nottingham City Housing Association, who currently support over 300 families in temporary hostel accommodation.
Oakham’s singers have been hard at work in recent weeks, recording a range of music for a specially-filmed sequence of Carols & Readings for Christmas 2020.
Oakhamians of all ages have been enjoying virtual experiences this term from a variety of experts in their field.
Old Oakhamians continue to make national news, particularly our sports stars - with Stuart Broad being nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 and Lyndon James securing a new two-year deal with Nottinghamshire CCC.
The Winter Term has been a busy one for all of Oakham's boarders - who have enjoyed an array of activities both in House, and when it could be organised safely, out and about enjoying all that Rutland and the surrounding area has to offer!
Our Winter Term Music at Lunchtime series was brought to a close this week with a beautiful piano recital by Samantha, a Form 5 music exhibitioner
We were delighted to hold our inaugural Oakham School Carol Composition Competition for our pupils this November. We were impressed with the creativity shown by the entrants and we look forward to showcasing recordings of the compositions in due course.
Mr Trefon Vandoros, Assistant Director of Sport (Boys) and Director of Athletics, recently joined forces with The John Fisher School in Purley, where he previously taught for 10 years to support the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Nine years since his last visit to Oakham, international award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick, paid a virtual visit to all Lower Schools pupils.
Whilst our original billing went into self-isolation, we were delighted to welcome performances from four pupils, due to undergo ABRSM music examinations in a week’s time...
Congratulations to Old Oakhamian Stuart Broad who has been nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020!
Meghan Goodeve, curator and educator, who works for Yorkshire Sculpture International, gave an engaging virtual talk about her work to Form 6 pupils of Critical and Contextual Studies.
Tim Weston, Head of Design and Technology at Oakham School, has teamed up with black+blum to launch a NEW national product design competition for children aged 11–14.
We were delighted to host our inaugural Oakham School Carol Composition Competition for Prep Schools this November...
Congratulations to winner Riya (Form 3) and runner up Yat (Form 5) whose Christmas card designs were chosen for this year’s School Christmas cards!
Live theatre returns to Oakham School this week, with the Scholars’ production of Decky Does a Bronco by Douglas Maxwell.
Congratulations to Wharflands House, who swept the board at the annual interhouse Steeplechase for the second year running, winning the Junior, Inter and the Senior races.
For this week's lunchtime concert, we were treated to a sensational singing recital by Form 3, Evie. Evie performed a complex programme of music by Ivor Gurney and Roger Quilter...
This year's senior maths challenge, run by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT), saw a total of 16 Oakhamians achieve awards, including an impressive collection of 7 Gold awards!
All were in for a real treat for this week's lunchtime recital, as an exciting selection of brass pieces were performed...
Congratulations to Form 4 pupils Evie and Izzie who have been successfully selected into the U15 Loughborough Lightning Academy. Well done also to Form 5 pupil Milly who has been picked for the U17s.
This week saw Hambleton House take on Round House in the Champions Final, debating the motion “This house believes that unhealthy lifestyles are not the business of government”.
Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton was interviewed virtually by Form 5 pupils as part of their Citizenship GCSE coursework.
Ivor treated us to a wonderful bassoon recital of music from a variety of composers and genres for this week's lunchtime recital. It was a pleasure to listen to the warm tones of this minority instrument.
Pupils have adapted incredibly well to all the new rules and rhythms of our ‘new normal’ School life, moving with ease from distance learning in the Summer Term to socially distanced learning back on campus.
Congratulations to Hambleton House who won the Middle School interhouse debating competition.
Students from Oakham School have successfully completed the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) and their Gold Crest Award - despite the challenge of remote working due to lockdown.
One of Oakham’s youngest designers has taken the top spot in a competition that saw them challenged to make food and drink ‘on-the-go’ products for teens.
As part of the School’s Armistice Commemorations, Form 3 Drama Scholars will be presenting a rehearsed reading of the poignant story ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade.
October Half Term saw many international boarders spend their time at Oakham School as restrictions to international travel remained in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chapel was filled to capacity for a well-selected programme comprising Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy for the piano by Jan...
Oakham’s Director of Hockey, James Bateman, has been selected to take part in the European Hockey Federation’s ‘Top Coaches Programme’.
Congratulations to 17 CCF cadets in Form 7 who have achieved a BTEC Diploma Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community.
Lincoln House girls start the term with their happy jars.
Inter-house debating has continued apace despite the additional challenges of COVID-19, which has itself provided valuable material to debate.
Nearly 30 intrepid pupils spent the first few days of half term completing their Gold DofE expeditions.
Congratulations to Lincoln House who were the overall winners of the Lower School inter-house cross country competition, that took place on the last Friday of term.
The last week of term saw Lower School pupils take part in The Big Draw, which is an international drawing Festival held annually between 1-31 October.
Congratulations to four Hockey players selected for the National Age Group (NAGS) Assessments, which will take place during Half Term.
The Oakham School community would like to extend their warmest congratulations to Old Oakhamian Lyndon James (17) who has signed a new two-year deal with Nottinghamshire CCC.
Two talented Oakham Rugby players, Henry and Jacob have been selected to join the elite 22-man squad at the England Rugby U18 Development Camp in York on 27 October.
For the final of our lunchtime recitals before the half term holiday, we were lucky to have Ms Anne Bolt, Oakham School’s Head of Piano...
This term Lower 1 pupils have been developing their map reading skills, not only in class but also out in the local environment.
The fifteenth of October each year marks the UCAS deadline for Form 7 applications for medicine, veterinary and dentistry courses at UK universities.
Pupils across the School enjoyed a successful and safe Service Weekend – where they were able to take part in a variety of challenges and activities off timetable and, for many, off-campus too.
The annual House Drama competition normally sees all pupils from across all year groups in the 10 Middle School Houses battle it out in the QET to win the coveted Macfadyen Shield, named in honour of Old Oakhamian actor, Matthew Macfadyen.
The Art/Design Project Day saw Form 3 pupils given the opportunity to spend a whole day in either the Art or Design Technology departments.
Lower School pupils in Form 1 enjoyed an enlightening day off timetable to celebrate IB MYP Community Day.
Oakhamians studying IB Biology and Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) recently visited the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project in Loddington, Leicestershire.
Oakham pupils are looking forward to facing a wide array of challenges as part of their Service Weekend over the next three days.
Congratulations to four talented Hockey players selected for the National Age Group (NAGS) Assessments, which will take place during Half Term.
The chapel this week was filled with the sounds of Beethoven and Chopin as Bethany presented a challenging and impressive selection on the piano on Wednesday.
Our coaches across all sports have been working hard to adapt their coaching and training methods to ensure a safe environment in which pupils can to continue enjoy the wide range of sports and excellent level of coaching expertise that Oakham has always offered.
The beginning of the academic term saw a new team of Lower School Prefects appointed and ready to take on their leadership roles within Oakham School.
Since the start of term, Oakham musicians have been enjoying the return of indoor live performances by treating small, socially-distanced audiences to a programme of weekly Music at Lunchtime concerts.
The English department at Oakham School has been celebrating National Poetry Day with great gusto!
Congratulations to Form 4 pupil Will who secured the U16 title in his Laser at the Rutland Sailing Club and Youth Championships, held over the weekend of 12-13 September.
We were delighted and honoured to learn that Oakham School has been shortlisted for a Tatler Schools Award 2020.
This week’s Lunchtime Concert featured Lucy, a Form 6 music scholar, playing two Romances for violin, by Svendsen and Dvořák, accompanied by Anne Bolt on piano.
Congratulations to the 12 pupils for passing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Sailing Assessed Expedition at the beginning of September.
Form 7 thoroughly enjoyed a training session with England U18 Coach Mark Mapletoft, as they continue to develop key skills, in the hope that competitive rugby will return to Oakham, in January 2021.
The annual end of year Dance Showcase saw pupils and staff give an amazing adapted virtual performance of their show, Songs from the Movies, with a special recording of their opening number, ‘Come Alive’ from The Greatest Showman.
Form 6 pupil Ili took centre stage as Secretary-General at September's International Moderans Model United Nations conference, which took place virtually, discussing a range of global issues between delegates from over 45 countries around the world.
The third live lunchtime recital of the new academic year was given by 17 year old music scholar, Jessica, performing flute repertoire by Reinecke, Debussy & Fauré.
The second live lunchtime recital of the new academic year was given by 14 year old music scholar, Eddie, performing a range of drum kit repertoire for his ATCL diploma.
Pupils and staff are delighted to start dance classes again after lockdown and the summer break, albeit with a few changes in light of Covid-19.
The first weekend of the new academic term saw boarders taking part in several Covid-Safe activities helping them to meet each other and build friendships within their House ‘bubbles’.
Congratulations to the five Silver canoeists for completing their Qualifying DofE expedition along the River Trent.
It was wonderful to experience the return of live music-making on the first Wednesday of the new school year...
Interview with Politics student Laurence
Interview with Politics student Lily
Interview with Politics student Lauren
Interview with Politics student Annie.
Form 6 pupil Wilby talks to us about his interest in Politics
In the inaugural assembly of the Winter Term, the Headmaster welcomed pupils back to Oakham wishing them a wonderful, memorable and productive term ahead.
Old Oakhamian Cameron Jordan (’18) is in line to make a premiership debut from the bench for Gloucester Rugby in their match against Saracens tonight after joining the club this Summer
After six months in which we have lived through unprecedented and challenging times, Oakham School has been simultaneously supporting and congratulating the class of 2020 who received their A-Level, PreU and BTEC results.
On 30 August 2020, OOs James Beanland (04) and Ben Turnbull (12) are taking on a cycling mission to raise funds for The Matt Hampson Foundation.
Both James and Ben still play rugby locally and are going to tour rugby clubs and grounds where they have previously played in a one-day biking bonanza. They will begin and end their journey at Oakham RFC and will pass a number of clubs, including Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Leicester Tigers, Syston, Melton Mowbray and many more. The route will take them at least 140 miles (222K), climbing 6,500+ feet and passing 18 rugby clubs in total.
Old Oakhamian Stuart Broad has firmly secured his place as one of the world's finest cricketers after taking his 500th wicket in Test Cricket.
Nine Form 5 Religion and Philosophy pupils who entered essays for the New College of the Humanities’ (NCH) new School Certificate in Philosophy have received high praise from the examiners for their excellent research and writing skills.
In a year like no other, the first examination results of Summer 2020 are now in with students from Oakham, as well as across the world, celebrating their IB Diploma results.
The staff in the Art department have been impressed by how innovative and resourceful all the pupils have been this term, sharing their experiences of lockdown and considering their own environment.
For a long time, Oakham has used the phrase ‘Learning isn’t limited to the classroom’. Never before has this been truer than this term. With classrooms closed and learning taking place at home – the kitchen table, or pupils’ studies or bedrooms, have replaced classrooms and science labs!
Oakham’s innovative Academic Cornerstone Course (ACC) culminated this week with the announcement of the ACC Challenge award winners.
Our alumni community have continued to support the School during lockdown, inspiring our pupils via online lectures and interviews.
Oakham’s innovative approach to remote education continued right up to the end of the School year as pupils in Form 5, whose GCSE examinations have been disrupted due to Coronavirus, were able to continue their journey with a new ‘Bridging Course’.
Music has always been at the centre of life at Oakham. During this last term, music has continued to shine brightly during the difficult and dark days of COVID-19.
Oakham’s sporting alumni galvanised during this difficult time, offering sporting advice and guidance in the form of a unique series of interviews held with Director of Sport, Iain Simpson.
Despite not being able to experiment in the classroom, the Lower 1 Science pupils have not let that slow them down, and continued to do good practical science, up until the final week of term.
Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakham School pupils are continuing to prepare for their applications to study competitive clinical courses at university.
Lower School pupils raised over £7,500 for Rainbows Hospice and LIV Villages by taking part in the ‘Fab 4 Charity Challenge’ – more than £2,500 over their initial target!
Parents, pupils and staff of Oakham’s Lower School came together, albeit remotely, to round off this extraordinary academic year with an uplifting Prize Giving ceremony, full of musical performances, video montages, speeches and, of course, prizes.
While the School campus may not have been resounding with music-making this term, the Music Department was still able to produce a wonderful End of Year Concert, albeit virtually. The concert was as diverse as ever, featuring eleven performances from ten ensembles, seven of which were recorded from home.
Congratulations to the nine Form 6 Biologists who won certificates in the annual Biology Olympiad, a prestigious competition run by the Royal Society of Biology.
Ryan won a Gold Award, Matthew, Sara and Adam won Silver Awards and Teni won Bronze; Kyumin was highly commended and Liberty, Finlay and Jake were all commended.
These past few months have seen House spirit thrive at Oakham, particularly through the activities, challenges and competitions set by Housemasters and Housemistresses.
Oakham’s innovative Academic Cornerstone Course (ACC) was launched and delivered this term for pupils in Forms 5 and 7.
Members of Oakham’s Biology Society enjoyed a virtual ‘café scientifique’, where they listened to four accomplished Old Oakhamian scientists discuss their broad experiences working in science, and to reflect on their post-Oakham journeys. The online event, hosted by teacher of Biology, Dr Andrew Nicoll, was attended by Form 6 pupils from Oakham School, Harrington School and the Loughborough Schools Foundation. Dr Nicoll was joined by Dr Lotty Brand (09), Florence Schanschieff (14), Abi Mustard (15) and Dr Jamie Blaza (06) whose expertise extended from molecules to ecosystems, and spanned from laboratory research to the commercial world via field work.
At the end of May, Emily Nagel (12) joined Sir Ben Ainslie CBE in a virtual race viewing event to discuss their recent success with Team GB at the inaugural race of SAIL GP Season 2. Together they did a post-race analysis of the two days of racing in Sydney, answering a range of questions about their preparation through to the decisions they made throughout the two days of racing.
Finding herself with plenty of time her hands due to the lockdown, Ella Deregowska (17) decided to put her talent and passion for painting towards a valuable cause. Inspired by various fundraising activities, and spurred on by friends and family asking her for portraits, Ella started to take commissions - with all proceeds going to the NHS.
Science and Chemistry are continuing in full force during this period of distant learning with live lessons enabling pupils to carry on asking questions and exploring their ideas with their teachers.
When Oakham School switched to distance learning for the remainder of the Spring term and the duration of the Summer term, teachers and pupils quickly learned to adapt to new technology.
Last term saw Lower 1 and Form 1 Science classes successfully studying electricity as well as space and gravity and other topics, in a remote learning environment.
This half-term pupils from the four Houses of the Lower School are jointly taking part in the Fab 4 Charity Challenge to raise money for Rainbows Hospice and LIV Villages.
The girls in Gunthorpe House have been sending uplifting messages, cards, drawings and paintings to local care homes in the Rutland area, after hearing that they were struggling in these difficult times.
A new composition by Old Oakhamian, Morgan (18), will be sending a message of hope to BBC Radio 3 audiences as part of the BBC’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ arts festival.
Congratulations to Form 1 pupil, Joe, and Form 6 pupil, Toby, who are the winners in their respective age categories of this year’s Creative Writing Competition!
Today saw the launch of Oakham’s Academic Cornerstone Course (ACC), an innovative two-week programme for pupils in Forms 5 and 7.
Two of Oakham’s talented rugby players have been awarded contracts with Leicester Tigers, following a successful season in their Under-18 Academy.
Whilst learning about Shakespeare, Lower 1 created modern-day blogs as either Romeo or Juliet, telling their followers of their love and their dilemma!
Members of Oakham School’s Medical and Biology Societies were privileged to participate in a special seminar where Old Oakhamian Dr Navin Leanage (07) talked about his first-hand experience battling Coronavirus on the NHS frontline.
It is with great pleasure and pride that we congratulate Toby, one of our Form 6 pupils, on his commendation from the Tower Poetry Competition for his entry, A Tree.
Pupils from Form 1 to Form 6 have been exercising their creative writing skills by submitting poems and short stories they have written to enter Oakham School’s second annual creative writing competition.
Oakham recently took part in their first virtual live cricket match,organised by Oakham’s cricket coaches Wesley Durston and Patrick Latham.
Oakhamians past and present are raising money for Rutland Foodbank by running or cycling the equivalent distance from Oakham Cricket Club to The Grange in Edinburgh in just 7 days.
Oakham School’s popular weekly Wednesday lunchtime concerts, which normally take place in the town’s All Saints’ Church, are now available to view online.
Congratulations to Form L1 pupil Leonie for making it through to the second round of Radio 2’s 500 Word Story Competition!
Oakham’s Director of Music has been bestowed the honour of a High Sheriff Award for his work in bringing the counties’ children together in the massed Pied Piper! concert held last year.
Oakham School and Rutland Plastics have joined forces to take the production of face shields for Key Workers to another level, with the aim of making up to 20,000 masks in the days ahead.
Lower School pupils have been set some fun challenges by their Houses over Easter to help keep them occupied and healthy whilst remaining at home.
Steve Gorman, Director of Outdoor Activities, has been helping save lives by volunteering as a blood bike rider for the Leicester and Rutland Blood Bikes, delivering blood for the NHS.
Oakham Art’s Instagram account @oakham_art has been helping us to stay creative, inspired and connected this Easter by posting daily art prompts to challenge our minds.
Oakham’s Design and Technology department is busy supporting the NHS in their fight against Covid-19 by making face shields for front line staff.
Last term saw Lincoln House girls treated to a special visit by some spring lambs.
Oakham’s sporting success on a national stage continues with a huge number of teams in a variety of sports reaching their national finals or playing at the top of their league!
Members of the Oakham School community joined with pupils from over 20 schools across Rutland to wear green in support of The National Forest.