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We were lucky enough to join an audience of townspeople and pupils at one of the weekly lunchtime concerts in All Saints Church. Young and old sat rapt in the pews, listening to virtuoso trumpet and oboe soloists give spellbinding performances. When asked, ‘Why Oakham?’ a prospective parent sitting nearby simply said, ‘It’s the music.’ This probably isn’t the place for determined bohemians or incipient Bolsheviks, but we’ve no doubt that the school would welcome them with a smile and…

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Oakham is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 10 to 18 offering both A-Levels and IB Diploma (the International Baccalaureate). We are friendly, stimulating, innovative and energetic. Our results are consistently high.

We provide all the opportunities and challenges to encourage your son or daughter to stretch horizons and discover their personal strengths. We have well-resourced teaching facilities, a great campus and an enviable pupil:teacher ratio. Beyond the classroom, pupils acquire new skills, experience adventure, serve others and make new friends through our compulsory activities and service programme.

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.





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Since 2019, Henry Price, previously head of Wellington School in Somerset. Eton and Oxford (classics). A career teacher, first post at Sydney Grammar, Australia, next Sherborne, then Rugby for 13 years where – in addition to being head of classics and a housemaster – he was involved in all manner of extracurricular activities. Acknowledges the difficulties, as a new head, of joining during the pandemic. ‘I miss the live chats with the children – there are no pizza evenings in the head’s house, no casual encounters with parents at matches either,' he told us on a Zoom during lockdown. Nevertheless, he is making an impression on parents and we found him a breath of fresh air, coming across as personable, quick witted and in control. We noted his attire too - dressed in jacket,...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Parents are asked to inform the school at the initial enquiry stage if their child has any learning difficulties. Early submission of any relevant paperwork will enable consideration to be given to the likely needs of the child. The school might be able to offer Learning Support to students who have a specific learning difficulty. If however, it is clear that a prospective candidate requires a higher level of support than can be provided, then it is important that this is discussed openly. Learning Support may be offered to students in the form of group support in lieu of a second language in Forms 1, 2 and 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) or by in class support. Students on the Learning Support register, requiring a higher level of support, may be taught in pairs or as individuals. Students in Forms 4 (Year 10) and above, who are on the Learning Support register, may be offered individual support. There may be a need for some students with specific difficulties to request special access arrangements in external examinations. If this is the case, the school will require an Educational Psychologist’s assessment which specifies what is recommended. If an assessment needs renewing, this should be carried out in the summer at the end of Form 3 (Yr 9) and the paperwork submitted to the school so that any recommendations are in place at the start of the GCSE courses. This is an examination board requirement. Extra time only recommendations will suffice until the student leaves school. Any other than a time concession requires an update to be carried out after GCSE in preparation for Upper School IB or A Level courses. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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