Oakham School: Oakham, Rutland, UK

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Oakham is a co-educational boarding and day school known for developing and embracing innovation and opportunity. Entry points are 10, 11, 13 or 16 years. This independent boarding schools ofers both International Baccalaureate and AS/A2 level courses in the Sixth Form. Beyond the classroom, opportunities abound to acquire new skills, experience adventure, serve others and make friends. The curriculum of this top UK boarding school is balanced and busy, and includes Saturday mornings for all but Lower One (10 year olds).

Lower School pupils are taught by the same specialist teachers who teach throughout the School. This means pupils not only benefit from these teachers’ expertise and experience, but when they progress to the Middle School, the transition is easier as they will already be familiar with teachers, timetabling and locations. Right from the start each child has a tutor who monitors academic work and general development, provides support and guidance and communicates closely with parents.


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7 days boarding: 

GBP 15,515 per term

About the school

We provide exceptional, contemporary co-education with a global outlook and offer experiences to learn in a caring and inspiring boarding and day community. Our four core values of Care, Courage, Contribution and Connection represent qualities that we wish to inspire and instil in all our pupils and that will guide them throughout their lives. An Oakham education is powered by our connected curriculum, where the three educational pillars of Academic, Pastoral and Co-curricular learning are fully integrated across all age groups.

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Academic life

At the Lower School all pupils study English, Mathematics, French, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Information and Communication Technology and a series of Creative Arts courses. Most pupils of this top UK boarding school also take Latin. In the second year, pupils experience half a term each of German and Spanish before opting for one of the languages in the summer term. Teaching is by forms in all subjects, except Mathematics and French where pupils are grouped by ability into sets. Although pupils of this boarding school in England take a full range of examinations in the summer term, there are no public exams, so we are able to tailor a curriculum that is not only stimulating but also flexible giving space for a wide range of learning experiences. About six hours’ prep is set each week and specific time is allocated, Monday to Saturday, for all subjects except PE and Creative Arts.

At the Middle School 13-15 years all pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum right through to GCSE. There is no pressure on them to specialise early, but the options system does allow pupils to study the subjects that interest them. Most pupils of this private boarding school take a full range of GCSE examinations, comprising English Language and Literature, Maths, Co-ordinated Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), History, Geography, two foreign languages and a Creative Arts subject. The option system allows variations on this pattern, but the emphasis on breadth and balance remains. Pupils are divided into teaching groups called „sets”. Fifth formers are set work in all subjects; a total of around 12 hours a week. We encourage them to become increasingly responsible for organising their own work and to make full use of the Smallbone Library, which provides outstanding facilities for self-motivated study.

Fifth Form pupils of this great boarding school take mock GCSE examinations in the first week of the Spring Term. Most GCSE examinations take place in the summer term of the fifth form. We make pupils aware of their timetable in good time and encourage effective revision during the Easter holidays. Results are usually published on the Thursday of the third full week of August. The Examinations Officer distributes full information on how to collect results in the early part of the summer term.

Pupils at secondary boarding school ( Upper School 16+ ) choose between the International Baccalaureate and AS/A2 Levels Oakham offers a choice of either A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (the IB). As pupils approach the Sixth Form, we provide comprehensive guidance in the form of seminars and an „Upper School Guide” both to pupils and to parents to help with choices. Whichever route, IB or AS/ A2, is chosen, there are a wealth of curriculum enhancement opportunities. While progress in the Upper School may be measured primarily by results – and rightly so – we also place great importance on equipping every student with the ability to think independently, to entertain and explore new ideas, and to be confident in their own abilities. Alongside excellent examination results, this helps to create a sense of direction for young people as they enter the challenging worlds of higher education and careers.


Sport and culture

This famous boarding school offers a very wide range of sports to all its pupils, a good majority of whom represent the school at various levels, and many gain county, regional, and international recognition; the main sports for boys are rugby (Daily Mail champions twice and once runner-up), hockey, cricket and athletics, and for girls are hockey, netball, tennis and athletics. This boarding school has produced many international and professional sportsmen and sportswomen.


Location Description

Chapel Close Oakham Rutland LE15 6DT

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