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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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What the school says...

Oakham is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 10 to 18 offering both A-Levels and IB (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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Italian at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)

Curricula

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.

Sports

Polo

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2009, Nigel Lashbrook (50s). Educated in one of the last grammar cohorts at King’s Heath Boys’ Technical School in Birmingham. Only pupil in his year to get into Oxford (Hertford College - chemistry plus lots of rugby), first in his family to go to university. Part of his final year at Oxford involved running some undergraduate classes; ‘Have you thought about teaching?’ he was asked (in a good way) so DPhil plans were changed to teacher training. ‘I just loved it’, he says.

His first post was Manchester Grammar School where he taught chemistry and coached cricket and rugby. After eight years he went from this academic day school to an academic boarding school, Tonbridge. At Tonbridge he was head of science and chemistry, a housemaster (‘I finished being...

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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.

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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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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