Oakham in the Press
Over the years Oakham has accrued many accolades in some of the UK’s leading publications. Without wanting to ‘blow our own trumpet’, it is wonderful to read so many rave reviews, independently written, about Oakham.
Only ‘the top prep and public schools in the UK’ are chosen to feature in the Tatler Schools Guide and Oakham is delighted to have been included each year. This year’s review was glowing, saying that “Oakham has been ahead of the curve for years.” It also mentioned that “there are heaps of extracurriculars to choose from, boarding can be full or flexi and a rejigged house system means that nobody’s lonely over the weekend.” Also, that, “Pastoral care is ‘exceptional’ and despite being a large school, nobody seems to get lost in the system.”
In fact we were delighted and honoured to be shortlisted for the ‘Public School of the Year’ Tatler School Award, alongside five of the UK’s top independent schools.
Each autumn The Week magazine publishes its ‘best of the best’ senior schools in its Independent Schools Guide. In this year’s guide, Oakham won the title ‘Great for all-rounders’. In announcing the accolade, the magazine described how “there are opportunities galore in sport, music, drama and art as well as academic subjects” and “pastoral care is second to none, with an emphasis on mutual respect and kindness.”
Absolutely Education, a highly regarded national magazine, featured Oakham in its Autumn/Winter 2020 edition. The Editor wrote a glowing review of the School following her visit. Her assertion was that “there is no doubt that Oakham pupils are in a safe, forward-thinking and fortunate place.” The review outlines how Oakham “has a longstanding reputation for going above and beyond on pastoral care. Parents talk about it being a kind place – they also mention the all-round nature of the education here. It has never hung its hat on catering only to top-flight academics or super-sporty types. In fact, it does cater for both exceedingly well – as well as offering superb opportunities for creatives – but letting children explore all the options and become independent learners is its raison d'être.” Given that Oakham is fast approaching the 50th anniversary of Co-education, we are particularly pleased the magazine also outlined that: “the even split between girls and boys has had several decades to settle in, which probably does much to explain the culture here. It certainly isn't his and hers – and not even the merest whiff of boys first.”
These reviews nicely add to those the School has garnered over the years, including from the highly respected Good Schools Guide – who described Oakham as “a clear-eyed, energetic, forward-thinking school”. They also outlined how, “words such as ‘holistic’ and ‘enrichment’ aren’t just eduspeak here; lessons we observed were hands-on, pupils were working at their own pace and one felt that teachers saw them as individuals rather than a class.”
While the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) do not ‘review’ schools, they inspect them – their findings are also worth mentioning here. Their two headline judgements for Oakham were the highest grading possible, stating that both ‘the quality of pupils’ academic achievements’ and ‘the quality of pupils’ personal development’ were ‘excellent’. They described Oakhamians as “keen to learn and ambitious to succeed”, as well being “self-aware, confident young people, fully prepared to be involved and supportive of one another.” We are delighted they recognised that, at Oakham, “pupils fulfil their potential”. Read the full report.
Read more in our feature in the latest issue of the Oakhamian Magazine.