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10th December 2021

Celebrating 50 Years of Co-education

The year is 1971. The UK has just adopted the decimal system (pounds and pence in, shillings and farthings out); Arsenal have won the FA Cup; a pint of milk costs just 5p, and the first girls have arrived at Oakham School.

Half a century later, we are celebrating this historic milestone with a year-long series of events, talks and activities to commemorate this pioneering decision and highlight the benefits that a truly co-educational environment can provide girls and boys.

We kicked off our 50th Anniversary celebrations back in September when 60 Old Oakhamians from the first decade of co-education returned to their former school for a Chapel Service followed by afternoon tea on the Round House Lawn, giving them a chance to reminisce about those early days of Oakham’s co-educational journey.

Introduced to tie in with the co-educational theme, this year also sees the launch of two new specially recorded series for the Oakham Community to enjoy: ‘The Oakham School Podcast’ and ‘Oakham Talks’. In episode 1 of The Oakham School Podcast, pupils and teachers discuss what it means to be a co-educational school in the 21st century.

In the opening episode of our new speaker series ‘Oakham Talks’, Old Oakhamian actors Richard Hope (‘71) and Sarah Moss (‘04) chat to OO President and Director of Sky News David Gilman (‘89) about the effect the Coronavirus Pandemic has had on the Arts.

Discover more by visiting our 50 years of co-education webpage.

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