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4th July 2023

In the Spotlight with Chapmans Matron, Sarah Marvin

Chapmans House Matron

In our latest instalment of ‘In the Spotlight’ we chat to Sarah Marvin, who is Matron in Chapmans House.

Matron is one of the most diverse roles in Oakham School. Every house has a matron, and their duty is to support the HM in caring for the children on a day-to-day basis.

Sarah (or Saj as some fondly call her) has been Matron in Chapmans for 5 years; it’s important to her that the pupils in her care see Chapmans as their home-from-home, they are one big family and Sarah is ‘house mum’.


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have lived in Oakham for 22 years with my husband and our four children, two boys and two girls – quite a roller coaster ride that I never really get off!

I love to cook and – when time allows – pottering in the garden and spending time with my family and friends.


Describe a typical day of yours.

There never is one!

I get lots of questions and nothing can surprise me!

My number one priority will always be the happiness and welfare of the boys, and to encourage and support them in all they do.

My office is a hive of activity, where we share the good and the bad.


What do you like about Chapmans?

As a House, Chapmans has character, feels very homely and each person within the House feels valued and respected.

I love the variety each day brings. I like getting to know the boys when they join and supporting them along in their journey through Middle School and their time in Chapmans.

It’s always a joy to see Form 7 when they come back to house for a catch-up. My office is always open.

Every Wednesday it’s become a bit of a tradition that I bake, so everyone comes together for tea and cake, even those that have moved on to Form 7 come back to House for cake! That’s really nice.


Tell us something most people don’t know about you.

When I worked at Leicester Royal Infirmary, a new wing of the hospital was being built (Windsor Building) and I was lucky enough to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Even better, she shook my hand and complimented me on my pink coat!


This edition of In the Spotlight was compiled by Nikhel, a Form 5 pupil from Chapmans, who joined the Marketing department for a week’s work experience.

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