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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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.
Oakham's cross country runners have enjoyed another fantastic season despite enduring some extreme weather conditions in a number of their races.
Form 7 IB Visual Arts pupils held their final exhibition in March in the Wheel House Gallery and Richard Bull Centre.
This term Oakham’s talented Drama Scholars took on the challenge of The Cripple of Inishmaan – a hilariously dark comedy by Martin McDonagh.
Oakham pupils faced their D of E, CCF and Voluntary Action challenges with confidence for Service Weekend.
Our Music at Lunchtime series concluded for the Spring term with a fantastic recital of British and German songs by Form 7 tenor, William.
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.
Oakham School's U13 Hockey team are heading to the National Finals following an impressive series of wins at the Regionals.
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.
Pupils enjoyed an array of eye-opening talks, insightful sessions and engaging activities during Careers Week.
This weekend is always a highlight in Oakham’s calendar as over 500 pupils participate in activities for Service Weekend.
On Wednesday 11 March, we were treated to a sensational concert of Lenten choral music by our Chamber Choir.
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.
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.
Our termly concert of band music was a roaring success once again with fantastic performances by the Wind Band, Polyphonix, Concert Band & Big Band...
David Gilman (89), Old Oakhamian President and Senior Director at Sky News, visited the School on Friday and spoke to the Form 5 iMedia class about his journey from Oakham, to the studios of Sky News.
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
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.
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.
Oakham’s Climate Warriors have had another very successful tree-planting trip as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.
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
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.
Oakham’s U19 and U14 netballers enjoyed some extra professional advice ahead of the National Finals next weekend from England and Loughborough Lightning players Jess Shaw and Vicki Oyesolo.
Congratulations to the U13 Boys and Girls who secured the titles of Champions and Runners Up respectively in the In2County Hockey Tournament.
Our weekly Wednesday lunchtime recital series continued with a guitar recital...
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.
Well done to Lower 1 pupil Lottie who finished an outstanding 2nd place at the Leicester City and County Championships last weekend.
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.
Form 6AS geographers recently spent three days experiencing different aspects of physical geography in York and the Yorkshire Wolds.
The annual Boarding House Singing Competition took place in Chapel on the evening of Sunday 1 March...
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.
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.
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...
This Wednesday's Music at Lunchtime concert brought us a fantastic recital by Emily...
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
Pupils took part in the 6th annual Rotary Club of Leicester Technology Tournament, held at Leicester Grammar School.
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.
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.
Oakham Politics pupils welcomed Dr Justin Schlosberg who gave a talk about the power of the media over people and government.
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.
This busy half term was rounded off with a spectacular Valentine's Day Showcase from our Lower School musicians...
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.
Well done to the U18A and U18B boys’ football teams who are currently top of their Independent Schools Football Association leagues.
Oakham pupils are returning to Africa for the tenth time to support primary schools in rural Kenya.
This week's Wednesday lunchtime concert showcased final year pianist, Becky.
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.
The Art department ran a block printing workshop for teachers and support staff
The Oakham U15a Rugby team emerged victorious after an outstanding performance against tough opponents Sedbergh in the Quarter-Finals of the U15 NatWest Schools Cup.
The Art department were delighted to welcome visitors at the opening of the students and staff Photography Exhibition in the Wheelhouse Gallery yesterday.
Form 7 pupil Josh talks to us about his Artwork.
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.
The trip to the WW1 battlefields is a yearly highlight for the Third Form.
Oakham School held a unique event this Wednesday in All Saints' Church; the only organ and drum kit recital happening today in the UK!
Lower School and Form 3 parents attended a talk given by Oakham’s Director of Sport, Iain Simpson, on how they can support their children through environmental and educational challenges.
Members of Oakham School and the FOSIL Group are looking forward to Friday’s/tonight’s Tes Independent School Awards where FOSIL has been shortlisted for the ‘Strategic education initiative of the year’ category.
Form 5 artists visited the Tate Modern recently to gather ideas for their Externally Set Assignment.
Our annual celebration of solo singing took place this term on Sunday 2 February...
A team of Upper School Model United Nations (MUN) pupils are delighted to have been invited to take part at the MUN conference at Kingswood, Bath. This year they will be representing delegates from prestigious Security Council members South Africa and South Korea.
Oakham’s Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Teams, Intermediate Boys and Senior Boys won Gold medals at the Leicestershire and Rutland Cross Country County Championships at Ratcliffe College.
Oakham School’s acclaimed Chamber Choir made their annual visit to London on Thursday 30 January to perform by invitation in the Brandenburg Choral Festival...
Form 7 pupil Hattie talks to us about her interest in Art.
As well as being nominated for the ‘Strategic Education Initiative of the Year Award’ at next week’s TES independent School Awards, FOSIL’s successes continue apace.
This Wednesday, we were treated to a recital of Chamber Music for piano and strings.
This week the Lower 1 pupils visited the Warning Zone in Leicester, a life skills centre and child safeguarding charity.
It has been an excellent few weeks of Rugby at Oakham School, with various alumni and Oakhamian successes.
Well done to the Oakham 90cm arena eventing team of Em, Katie and Eliza who came second in their class at the SEG Inter-Schools Arena Eventing at Weston Lawns Equestrian Centre.
Oakham School Biology Society (BioSoc) met last Thursday for a lecture given by Professor Julie Gray of Sheffield University on Climate-ready rice.
Congratulations to our U14 and U19 girls for being crowned Regional Champions at the Regional Schools’ Netball tournament and reaching the National Netball Finals for the third year running. Well done also to the U16 team for being placed 3rd.
The second annual Lower School Interhouse Singing Competition took place on the afternoon of Friday 24 January in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre...
Splendid Productions brought their adapted and abridged version of Dr Faustus to the QET, offering our Drama pupils a highly entertaining and instructive theatrical performance.
The halfway point of each week at Oakham School is always marked with a recital in the local parish church, All Saints'...
Form 6 boarders and day pupils enjoyed their annual Burns Night celebration last weekend, which saw them joining together for a special Scottish meal and some Scottish dancing.
Two of Oakham’s talented hockey players, Chris and Ben, won silver medals with Harrogate Hockey Club at the U18 National Indoor Club Finals, held at Telford this weekend.
Oakham School was delighted to host a nail-biting Leicester Tigers vs Saracens U18 Academy fixture on Saturday, with five current pupils enjoying a ‘home turf’ advantage whilst representing the Tigers.
Form 6 pupils who are studying Critical and Contextual Studies enjoyed an action-packed trip to Birmingham, visiting a number of galleries in the city.
Oakham School’s Business Department welcomed Giles Brook, CEO of Vita Coco, the leading global Coconut Water business, for a fascinating talk on how to build a challenger brand.
Our second instalment of the Spring term's Music at Lunchtime series welcomed the multi-talented Jessica, who performed both on the flute and piano.
Phoebe in Form 7 recently attended the prestigious Newton’s Space Saplings event, after receiving a special invite as a result of her involvement as a volunteer at Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton.
Form 6 art students were delighted to welcome A-level artists from Harington School to view their joint exhibition in the Wheelhouse Gallery last week.
Our Spring Term of Music at Lunchtime recitals launched with our fantastic Graduate Musician, Mr Arkwright, performing a terrific trombone recital.
Congratulations to Form 7 music scholar, Emilia, who has been awarded a scholarship to study the oboe at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama...
Form 7 pupil Gabe talks to us about his art.