Old Oakhamian News

We are always keen to hear from OOs, and often will use this information in the Old Oakhamian magazine. Please send your news and stories by email to the OO Office or call 01572 758599.

Rugby Alumni Success

Old Oakhamian Jack van Poortvliet (’19) has been called up to the men’s England Rugby squad for the summer tour to Australia.

GB Selection Success for OO Matthew Ramshaw

Congratulations to Old Oakhamian (OO) Matthew Ramshaw (’18) who has been selected for the 2022 Great Britain Hockey Senior Squad. Matthew has been selected in the men’s training squad and hopes to feature for Great Britain over the coming year, in particular the Commonwealth Game and the FIH Hockey Pro League.

Oakham pupils vs Old Oakhamians Football Match

On a frosty, and occasionally foggy, day, the Ed Farmer Trophy returned, with two teams of Old Oakhamians facing the 1st & 2nd XIs. Cancelled last year due to Covid, the trophy is dedicated to the memory of Ed Farmer, who tragically lost his life while at university.

Netballers welcome back Oakham alumni

Oakham School welcomed back four Old Oakhamians - Becca Malyon (‘21), Hannah Moursi (‘18), Sassy Norton (‘18), and Ella Turner (‘21) - last weekend, as they joined our Form 7 netballers for some valuable match practice.

Late Summer Drinks & 5 Year Reunion

On a beautiful August weekend, The OO Club hosted our first in-person alumni events of the last 18 months.

The Late Summer Drinks, traditionally the Mid-Summer Drinks, saw a decent crowd of all ages come together on Friday 13 August. It was a lovely affair and a great chance to reconnect with those who hadn’t seen each for some time.

On Saturday 14 August, we welcomed back the Class of 2016 for their 5 Year Reunion. IT was a lively affair, with over 80 OOs coming together to catch-up and share memories, as well as a drink or two.

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.

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.



OO Christmas Drinks 2020

On Monday 14 December at 6pm, a guest list of over 100 OOs from the classes of 1960 – 2016, all got together to celebrate Christmas in a very different way. In true 2020 style, the Christmas Drinks took place on Zoom and it was wonderful to see the OO Community come alive online, sharing memories and enhancing the festive spirit together, despite the current restrictions.

A Year in the News like No Other

A Year in the News like No Other

It was great to catch up with our OO President, David Gilman (89), to discuss his role at Sky News. Sky, like many other organisations, have had to find new ways of working to adapt to the recent COVID time. Having recently directed the U.S. Election, David explains how directing the news in 2020 has been an experience like no other.

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.

Former Physics Teacher awarded MBE

The Oakham School community are all delighted to extend our warmest congratulations to our former teacher of Physics, Helen Pollard, who has been awarded an MBE for her services to Physics education.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.


VE Day

The School community may not have been able to gather together to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, but that certainly doesn’t mean that this important date went unmarked at Oakham.

First XI vs Old Oakhamians Football Match

On a crisp, sunny winter’s afternoon, a perfect day for football, the Old Oakhamians claimed the Ed Farmer Trophy with a clean sweep of the Oakham School First, Second and Thirds XIs. This event is to celebrate and commemorate the life of Ed Farmer (15) a talented and able sportsman.

Old Oakhamian President's Dinner 2019

Old Oakhamians gathered from across the UK to attend the annual Old Oakhamian President’s Dinner, which this year took place in the Barraclough Dining Hall at the School.

Oakham School is delighted to both celebrate and commemorate Old Oakhamian Dolores Sanders’ success in being named one of Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation Award’ winners – with a fantastic plaque unveiled in her honour outside the Smallbone Library!

Current Old Oakhamian President, Ben Walsgrove (87) and OO Chairman, Jon Wills hosted a magnificent Black Tie Dinner for over fifty guests with a Back to School theme on Saturday 24 November.

‘Well-rounded’, ‘open-minded’ and ‘fun loving’ are familiar attributes among Oakhamians, but it would be a challenge to find a person who encompasses these qualities more than Jon Wills, who is retiring after 38 years of service to the School.

Today marks 100 years since the death of OOs John Hugh Jerwood MC and Christopher Francis Atter who were killed in action on the Western Front.
Old Oakhamian Lydia Farley (06), a former Textile student who has gone on to enjoy success in various film projects, returned to the School to offer advice to current students eager to break into the industry.
Old Oakhamians gathered from across the world to attend the annual London Dinner, which this year took place at the splendid Kensington Roof Gardens.

Old Oakhamian and GB's Olympic Gold medallist Crista Cullen talks about her time at School, her pathway to sporting success and plans for the future.

Oakham's Drama Scholars were fortunate to not only watch Greg Hicks OO (71) star in Richard III this weekend at the Arcola Theatre, but to also meet him following the performance.

We are absolutely delighted that Old Oakhamian Kathryn Lane has been named as part of the Tokyo Olympic Hockey Squad.

On a beautiful summer’s day in June the OO Club hosted a 40-year Reunion in BAF........