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Oakham School

Oakham School

Chapel Close, Oakham, LE15 6DT, Rutland

01572 758500



Oakham School
School type Co-educational Boarding & Day
Founded 1584
Headmaster Mr Henry Price
Date Appointed September 2019
Co-ed Age Range 10-18 years
Number of pupils 1,040
Number of boys 537
Number of girls 503
Number of boarders 516
Number of sixth formers 376
Day fees per annum £18,450 - £22,830
Boarding fees per annum £28,200 - £37,800
Flexi Boarding (2-5 nights) £22,185 - £35,850
Average Class Size 18 (10-16); 10 (16-18)
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Associations HMC,IB,ISC,BSA

Oakham is well known and loved for being a friendly and unpretentious school. Our key strengths lie in the spectacularly wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that we provide and our exceptionally caring and vibrant school community.

Academic excellence lies at the heart of everything we do, yet our focus goes far beyond just encouraging our students to achieve outstanding results in their IB Diploma or A-level examinations. Our genuinely holistic approach to education means that students leave Oakham as effective and independent learners, well equipped with the skills and habits of mind to thrive in tomorrow’s world.

Students also benefit from the School’s location close to Rutland Water, in the heart of safe, rural England. The beautifully green campus is just a few minutes’ walk from Oakham’s historic town centre, whilst Oakham’s excellent road and rail links mean that London, Birmingham and Cambridge are all within easy reach.


Oakham’s rich curriculum combines innovation with the best of traditional approaches. Our vision is to nurture intellectually ambitious thinkers, giving them the ability to learn effectively and independently at school and beyond, and to build the knowledge, skills and habits of mind everyone needs to succeed and thrive.

We have offered the IB Diploma successfully since 2002 with a quarter of candidates regularly scoring 40 or above points, and 75% of A-level students gaining A*-B.

The majority of students go on to top universities in the UK, Europe and the USA, including Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. Our full-time Head of Careers and Higher Education and her team offer in-depth guidance and information on career options and admissions procedures for UK and non-UK universities.

Pastoral care

Our outstanding pastoral care ensures we nurture all aspects of our pupils’ intellectual, physical, mental and spiritual development throughout their Oakham journey.

Each of our 8 Boarding Houses is home to the Housemaster or Housemistress and their families, supported by an experienced team of Resident Tutors and a Matron. Form 7 (Year 13) students are in their own Houses, one for boys and one for girls, where they experience a more university-oriented lifestyle.

House life is vibrant with over 125 activities on offer. Tutors meet with their tutees as a group each week, with one-to-ones and informal catch-ups as needed, and work closely with the wider pastoral team to manage pupils’ overall progress and development.

The Barraclough Dining Hall serves an extensive choice of nutritious and freshly prepared food. Our state-of-the-art Medical and Pastoral Centre offers a dedicated space to promote well-being, as well as offering medical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


We offer over 30 different sports with internationally experienced coaching staff, including a full-time Strength & Conditioning coach. Our facilities include 40 acres of outstanding playing areas, a sports centre with squash courts and fitness suite, an indoor swimming pool, all-weather pitches for hockey and tennis, and access to nearby Rutland Water for sailing.

Hundreds of students take part in the Arts – there are five major drama productions every year; we teach over 500 individual music lessons each week, and around half of all pupils play in musical ensembles, choirs, bands, orchestras, and musical theatre productions.