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Success for Oakham's Hockey Players!

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.

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Musicians Excel in their Music Exams

After a long period without live music exams, Oakham School pupils have taken over 90 individual exams over the course of the Summer Term.

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Cricket is back!

After a year off due to the pandemic, cricket fixtures have returned, and pupils have enjoyed competing again.

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Celebrating the end of an extraordinary year

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. 

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Celebrating together at Lower School Prize Giving

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.

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Welcome return of Educational Trips

Pupils welcomed the return of educational trips over the Summer term as travel and visit restrictions gradually lifted.

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Summer term of boarding fun

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.  

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IB Diploma Success

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.

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Pupils rise to tough DofE and CCF challenges

This term has seen hundreds of pupils complete their Duke of Edinburgh challenges and CCF training, which have been adapted due to Coronavirus restrictions. 

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Biology Olympiad Success for Oakham School pupils

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. 

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Remarkable performances in uplifting end of year Dance Showcase!

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’.

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Spectacular Outdoor Music Event

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.

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Oakham School Lunchtime Concert l Chamber Choir

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.

 

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IBMYP

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.

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Lower School pupils go far for LIV Village charity

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

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SUPERLATIVE PIANO PLAYING BY JAN & OBI

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.

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Old Oakhamian Sporting Success

The past weekend saw success for both OOs playing in the U20 Six Nations, with England and Wales both winning their matches.

 

 

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International recognition for Middle School Pianist

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.

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Oakhamians triumph in Shakespeare Competition

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.

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Wonderfully poetic piano playing

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.

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Impressive Sports Day

Last term saw Middle School pupils enjoy Sports Day in glorious sunshine.

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Poise and feeling in Bethany's recital

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.

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Vibrant Violin Recital

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.

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Three Old Oakhamians play in Cricket County Championship match

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.

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Junior Maths Challenge Success

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. 

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Form 7 pupils enjoy last few weeks of School life. 

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.

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Oakhamian achieves hat-trick in cricket!

Congratulations to Form 2 pupil Magnus who achieved the very rare feat of a hat-trick in cricket in the U13A fixture against Oundle.

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The return of Music at Lunchtime concerts

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. 

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Songs for Musical Theatre Recital

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.

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The Duke of Edinburgh Skills Training Day

Oakham pupils completing the School’s Duke of Edinburgh Award participated in a practice day in and around the local area this week.

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Form 6 pupils attend 'After Oakham' sessions

Form 6 pupils have been attending several ‘After Oakham’ sessions, held by the Careers Department about the options available to them after Form 7.

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Introducing our gap students

The start of the Summer Term has seen the arrival of our Gap students from Australia and South Africa.

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Mesmerising Mozart Recital

For this week's Music at Lunchtime recital we had the pleasure of listening to talented soprano, Eliza, perform 4 famous Mozart arias.

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Form 3 Art Exhibition

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.

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Drums and Percussion Recital

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.

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Hamish Watson selected for Lions!

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.

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Exceptional Violin Recital

Our Music at Lunchtime series continues with a recital by exceptional violinist and Form 6 music scholar, Lucy...

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New educational display in Design and Technology Department

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.

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Upper School Composition Recital

Our first lunchtime recital of the Summer Term was dedicated to the first performances of seven brand new works by Upper School musicians.

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Pupils participate in Philosophy competition

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.

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Lower 1 Planets Suite

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...

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Safely reuniting our community

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.

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Distance Learning: Version 2:0!

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.

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Matthews Society and LGBTQ+ History Month

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.

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IB Diploma Prize Giving 2021

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. 

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Great to be Back

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.

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Chemistry Olympiad Success!

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! 

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Return of Oakham School boarders

Oakham’s boarders have had a fantastic 3 weeks back at the School since they returned from ‘Lockdown 2’. 

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Music at Lunchtime series for Spring 2021

Our popular Music at Lunchtime series has continued online this term, sharing new weekly performances with the School, parents and a wider audience.

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A Celebration of Song

In place of our annual Singing Competition in February, we shared an online showcase of solo singing in a wide range of musical genres.

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Piano Fiesta!

On 12 March, we hosted our very first online Piano Fiesta! featuring solo and duet performances by Oakham School pianists of all ages.

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Doc Soc meeting with Dr Harpreet Sehmi

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. 

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Oakham's Artists Enjoy Creative Freedom in Lockdown

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.

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Introducing our new Head of Psychology

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.

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Photography Exhibition - Messages

The Art Department is delighted to announce its first online Photography exhibition, which is now available to view on the website

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Wellbeing Activities for Staff

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.

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Pupils get creative with a Literary Lockdown

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.

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Oakham School celebrates International Women's Day

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. 

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UKMT Maths Challenge Success

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.

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Pupils inspired by talk by Holocaust survivor

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.

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Returning to the School campus

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.

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Introducing Psychology at Oakham

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.

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Virtual Careers Week 2021 – be Curious!

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. 

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Artist Ann-Marie James gives talk to CCS pupils

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. 

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Spanish lessons in the kitchen

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).

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Oakham School MYP Community Days

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

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Dramatic voyage for Oakham's youngest actors!

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.

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Sports Graduate Fellow experiences

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. 

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Form 6 CAS Project - Fundraising for Nepalese School

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.

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Oxbridge Success for Oakham Pupils

Congratulations to the three Oakhamians and one Old Oakhamian who have received offers this week to study at Oxbridge.  

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Oakham School commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

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.

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Gunthorpe House Spirit Shines in Weekend Challenge

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.  

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Distance Learning returns to Oakham

Although our community may now be apart due to the new lockdown, Oakham School restarted the term today, Monday 11 January.

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Sports Personality of the Year Nomination

The countdown to this year’s BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards, which features Old Oakhamian Stuart Broad, is now on! 

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Fantastic Term of Charity Giving

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.

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House Spirit Thrives in Bubbles

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.

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Over 300 Gifts Donated for Christmas Toy Appeal

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.

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Carols and Readings for Christmas 2020

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.

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Virtual experiences for Oakhamians

Oakhamians of all ages have been enjoying virtual experiences this term from a variety of experts in their field.

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Amazing Alumni - on the pitch & stage

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.

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A busy term of brilliant boarding fun

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!

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Beautiful Piano Recital

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

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Christmas Carol Composition Competition

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.

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Inspirational Push Up Challenge

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.

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Pianists and Singers Lunchtime Recital

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...

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Virtual talk by curator and educator Meghan Goodeve

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.

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Encouraging the next generation of designers...

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.

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Christmas Card Competition 2020

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!

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Sensational Singing Recital

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...

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Senior Maths Challenge Success

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!

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Uplifting Brass Recital

All were in for a real treat for this week's lunchtime recital, as an exciting selection of brass pieces were performed...

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Netballers selected for Loughborough Lightning Academy

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. 

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Round House win Debating Champions Final

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”. 

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Brilliant Bassoon Recital

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.

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Safe Schooling

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.

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Engineering accolades for Oakhamians 

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. 

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Boarding Half Term

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.

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Perfectly Executed Piano Recital

The Chapel was filled to capacity for a well-selected programme comprising Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy for the piano by Jan...

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Interhouse Debating continues apace

Inter-house debating has continued apace despite the additional challenges of COVID-19, which has itself provided valuable material to debate.

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Lincoln House cross country winners

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.

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The Big Draw 2020

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. 

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Clinical Courses Applications 2020

The fifteenth of October each year marks the UCAS deadline for Form 7 applications for medicine, veterinary and dentistry courses at UK universities.

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A wonderfully busy Service Weekend

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.

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MYP Community Day

Lower School pupils in Form 1 enjoyed an enlightening day off timetable to celebrate IB MYP Community Day. 

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IB Biology and ESS visit the Allerton Project.

Oakhamians studying IB Biology and Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) recently visited the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project in Loddington, Leicestershire.

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Service Weekend October 2020

Oakham pupils are looking forward to facing a wide array of challenges as part of their Service Weekend over the next three days.

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Virtuosic Recital of Romantic Piano Repetoire

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.

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Safe to Play

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.

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Oakham is alive with the sound of music

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.

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Sailing Success

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. 

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Violin Recital of Romances

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.

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Navigating the Norfolk Broads

Congratulations to the 12 pupils for passing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Sailing Assessed Expedition at the beginning of September. 

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Rugby training masterclass with England U18 Coach

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.

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Virtual end of year Dance Showcase

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.

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Form 6 pupil Ili is Secretary-General MUN conference

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.

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Outstanding Flute Recital

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.

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Spectacular Drum Recital

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.

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Dancers find their rhythm again at Oakham!

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.

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Welcome back boarders!

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’.

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Easy Strokes for Silver Canoeists

Congratulations to the five Silver canoeists for completing their Qualifying DofE expedition along the River Trent.

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Music at Lunchtime 2020/21 Launch

It was wonderful to experience the return of live music-making on the first Wednesday of the new school year...

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2020 A-Level, BTEC and Pre-U results

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.

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OOs cycle for a great cause

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.

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OO Stuart Broad makes cricketing history!

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.

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Philosophy Essay Success for GCSE Pupils

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.

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Excellent IB Diploma Examination Results

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.

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Creativity abounds in the Art Department

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.

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A new type of Classroom

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!

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ACC Challenge award winners announced!

Oakham’s innovative Academic Cornerstone Course (ACC) culminated this week with the announcement of the ACC Challenge award winners.

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OOs support Oakhamians in lockdown

Our alumni community have continued to support the School during lockdown, inspiring our pupils via online lectures and interviews.

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Bridging Courses: Continuing the Journey

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’.

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"Why Oakham? It's the music"

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.

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Sporting alumni inspire Oakhamians during lockdown

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.

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Pupils continue to enjoy scientific experiments

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.

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Fab 4 Charity Challenge Success

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! 

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Uplifting Virtual Lower School Prize Giving

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.

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Oakham music ensembles put on Virtual End of Year Concert

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.

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Intermediate Biology Olympiad success for Form 6 pupils

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. 

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House spirit alive and thriving

These past few months have seen House spirit thrive at Oakham, particularly through the activities, challenges and competitions set by Housemasters and Housemistresses.

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Four OO Scientists inspire pupils at Bio Soc ‘café scientifique’

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. 

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OO Emily Nagel joins Sir Ben Ainslie for Virtual Race Call

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.

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OO Ella Deregowska is painting portraits for a cause

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.

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Pupils take on the Fab 4 Charity Challenge!

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.

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Tigers contracts for Harry and Kit

Two of Oakham’s talented rugby players have been awarded contracts with Leicester Tigers, following a successful season in their Under-18 Academy.

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Life on the Coronavirus Front Line

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.

 

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Poetry Commendation for Sixth Former Toby

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.

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Creative Writing Competition – the entries are now in!

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.

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Weekly Wednesday Concerts Now Online!

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.

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Art at home via Oakham Art's Instagram

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.

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Sport Successes

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!

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Going Green for Rutland

Members of the Oakham School community joined with pupils from over 20 schools across Rutland to wear green in support of The National Forest. 

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Successful Cross Country Season

Oakham's cross country runners have enjoyed another fantastic season despite enduring some extreme weather conditions in a number of their races. 

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Form 7 IB Visual Arts Exhibition

Form 7 IB Visual Arts pupils held their final exhibition in March in the Wheel House Gallery and Richard Bull Centre.

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Tenor recital of German and British songs

Our Music at Lunchtime series concluded for the Spring term with a fantastic recital of British and German songs by Form 7 tenor, William.

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Target Rifle Shooting Success!

Congratulations to both Angelina and Varvara (both in Form 7) who were selected and have shot for England in the British Schools Small-bore Rifle Association international event against Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands.

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Biology Olympiad Success!

Congratulations to the eight Form 7 Biologists who won certificates in the annual Biology Olympiad, a prestigious competition run by the Royal Society of Biology.

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Oakham School Careers Week

Pupils enjoyed an array of eye-opening talks, insightful sessions and engaging activities during Careers Week.

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Pupils geared up for Service Weekend

This weekend is always a highlight in Oakham’s calendar as over 500 pupils participate in activities for Service Weekend.

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National Netball success for 5 years running!

For the fifth year running, Oakham School’s U19 netball team are looking forward to taking part in the National Finals which take place this weekend.

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Boks Bash South Africa Tours Fundraiser

The Sports Department recently hosted their triennial black-tie dinner and dance in support of this summer’s Sports Tours to South Africa, as well as associated charities: the VUSA Rugby Academy and the LIV Village Orphanage.

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Friday Night is Music Night

Our termly concert of band music was a roaring success once again with fantastic performances by the Wind Band, Polyphonix, Concert Band & Big Band...

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Medical and Clinical Careers Conference

Aspiring medical students from seven local schools attended Oakham’s Medical and Clinical Careers Conference for a morning of talks on general practice, hospital medicine, veterinary medicine and careers in healthcare

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Great news for FOSIL from the Great School Libraries campaign!

Following FOSIL’s recent success in being shortlisted for the Strategic Education Initiative of the Year Award at the TES Independent School Awards, we are delighted that FOSIL has received further national recognition as it has been chosen as the Great School Libraries (GSL) campaign’s suggested model of the inquiry process.

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Oakham School celebrates World Book Day

Oakham School celebrated World Book Day last week by joining the national campaign to ‘Share a Story’ to help make story-sharing a habit and create readers for life.

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Pupils inspired by talk on Fintech during Careers Week

Oakham School’s Careers Department welcomed financial experts Jason Bates and Alan Desira for a riveting talk about the rise of digital technologies in banking (Fintech) and the skills needed to work in this sector

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Berlin and Krakow History trip 2020

During February half term, a group of 4th and 5th formers travelled to Berlin and Krakow, to explore the fascinating historical sights those cities have to offer.

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U13 In2County Hockey Champions!

Congratulations to the U13 Boys and Girls who secured the titles of Champions and Runners Up respectively in the In2County Hockey Tournament.

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Intricate guitar recital

Our weekly Wednesday lunchtime recital series continued with a guitar recital...

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Art, Design and Technology Guest Night

As part of Careers Week, the Art, Design and Technology department hosted a successful Guest Night for pupils studying these subjects during which three speakers gave insightful and informative talks.

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Cross Country in Full Swing

Well done to Lower 1 pupil Lottie who finished an outstanding 2nd place at the Leicester City and County Championships last weekend.

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Form 1 pupils enjoy cross-curricular trip to Lincoln

Oakham School History and Religion & Philosophy Departments took the whole of Form 1 on a cross-curricular trip to Lincoln to explore its historic castle and cathedral.

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Lower School Boarders enjoy a magical 'Hodgewarts' weekend

Oakham School’s youngest boarders enjoyed an action-packed weekend of Harry Potter themed activities, as their boarding home, Hodges, was transformed into ‘Hodgewarts’ in tribute to JK Rowling’s famous school. Children wanting to try out boarding joined in with the fun as part of a very special Boarding Taster Weekend.

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Careers Week 2020

This week pupils at Oakham will be able to immerse themselves in their future thanks to an array of different talks and activities that are taking place for Careers Week. 

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Piano Duet Competition 2020

Oakham School’s twelfth annual Piano Duet Competition took place on the afternoon and evening of Thursday 27 February, and was once again a feast of collaborative piano playing...

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Accomplished violin recital

This Wednesday's Music at Lunchtime concert brought us a fantastic recital by Emily...

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UKMT 2020 Intermediate Maths Challenge success

Congratulations to the 56 pupils who won certificates in the UKMT 2020 Intermediate Maths Challenge with an exceptional 12 Gold, 24 Silver and 20 Bronze awarded

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National Indoor Athletics Championships success

Congratulations to Form 3 pupil Fabian who has won his first National title at the National Indoor Athletics Championships. He ran the 300m race in 36.65 seconds, which makes him the 3rd fastest U15 indoor 300m runner of all time. His win also means he is now number 1 in the UK rankings.

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Impressive interactive Art installation

Pupils and members of staff were invited to the Smallbone Library to take part in an impressive interactive Art installation inspired by Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist well known for her dot patterns.

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What does it mean to be moderate?

Oakham Politics pupils welcomed Dr Justin Schlosberg who gave a talk about the power of the media over people and government.

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Art workshop for Teachers as part of the Sketchbook Circle

The Director of Art, Mrs Elinor Brass recently hosted a day of workshops at Oakham School for Art teachers from all over the country as part of a successful collaborative project she runs called the Sketchbook Circle. The project encourages Art teachers to make time for their own personal work.

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Lower School Showcase

This busy half term was rounded off with a spectacular Valentine's Day Showcase from our Lower School musicians...

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Form 5 visit the National Museum of Computing

Form 5 pupils studying Computer Science travelled to Bletchley Park to visit the National Museum of Computing, which houses the largest collection of historic functional computers in Europe. 

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Top of the League!

Well done to the U18A and U18B boys’ football teams who are currently top of their Independent Schools Football Association leagues.

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Blog: Kenya Schools Project 2020

Oakham pupils are returning to Africa for the tenth time to support primary schools in rural Kenya.

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Breathtaking Piano Recital

This week's Wednesday lunchtime concert showcased final year pianist, Becky.

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Exuberant Orchestral ABC

The first major Chapel concert of the Spring Term, Orchestral ABC, showcased works by Albinoni, Britten, Beethoven and Copland in a performance by the School’s Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.

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Pupils and Staff Photography Exhibition

The Art department were delighted to welcome visitors at the opening of the students and staff Photography Exhibition in the Wheelhouse Gallery yesterday.

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Pupils hone their problem solving skills via the IB Diploma Group 4 Project

In the last week of January, IB Diploma pupils participated in their Group 4 Science Project, which saw them facing a variety of different challenges using the resources around them, to improve their problem solving skills – which will be key to their success in their final exams. Up to 9 points were awarded for each activity with a prize given to the winning team with the highest score.

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Organ & Drum Recital

Oakham School held a unique event this Wednesday in All Saints' Church; the only organ and drum kit recital happening today in the UK!

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