Oakham School

Academic Families works with more than 450 schools throughout the UK, and we have become experts at matching children to the right boarding school for them in order to ensure each student thrives.


We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Oakham School in the East Midlands, England.


About Oakham School

Mission statement

“Our vision is to nurture pupils who, by the time they leave school are intellectually ambitious thinkers, effective and independent learners and possess the knowledge, skills and habits of mind to succeed and thrive.”


Students at Oakham will have the choice of studying A Levels, IB Diploma or BTEC and pupils achieve excellent results each year. Oakham School pupils perform higher than the world average with regards to IB Diploma results. In 2021, 85% of all exams were awarded grades A*- B (or equivalent). Their top-level exam results are reflected in the student leaver destinations with pupils being accepted to top universities across the country as well as abroad. In 2020, 91% of pupils continued to UK universities including Russell Group institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and University College London.

One subject at Oakham which has gained an excellent reputation in the UK is the design and technology department. The opportunities and resources are extensive, and the purpose-built School of Design enables pupils to use cutting-edge equipment.

Activities & sports

Oakham has an excellent reputation when it comes to sporting success. Around 60 Oakham students are representing their county or country in their chosen sport at any one time. The school’s major sports include cricket, tennis, netball, athletics, rugby and hockey but they offer 30 different sports. Their rugby teams are particularly strong, and the school’s 22 teams regularly play against some of the other best rugby schools in the country. Pupils can also choose to partake in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Combined Cadet Force, debating and a range of other clubs outside of the classroom.

Within the arts, drama is a key aspect of life at Oakham, whether it be studying it as part of the curriculum, or participating in drama as a co-curricular activity. Oakham's Queen Elizabeth Theatre provides a wonderful space for aspiring actors to be creative, innovative, and build confidence. Students who study drama at Oakham will learn about all aspects of theatre such as performance, production, lighting and sound, among others. They will get the chance to use these skills in the range of productions, house plays and student pieces that are delivered each year, giving students the necessary experience to pursue a career in performance or production.

International student community

Oakham’s student body currently represents over 40 countries, including students from Europe, Asia and Africa. They’re internationally minded in their approach to both curriculum and school life and embrace difference and diversity. Despite being a school centred on Christian values, Oakham is accepting of all other religions and faiths.

Boarding life

Around half of Oakham’s student population are full boarders. With Houseparents also living in the boarding house, there is a real sense of community and family among boarding students. All pupils eat together, giving students the chance to spend time with friends or siblings who may be in different boarding houses. Pastoral care is of paramount importance at Oakham, and the dedicated pastoral team are always on hand to provide support.


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