It’s been an exceptional few weeks for students from Oakham School – really showcasing the true ‘all-round’ nature of the School. National successes have come from sport, music, drama and debating:
• Sport: The 1st XI boys’ hockey squad have rounded off an extraordinary season that has led them all the way to the England Hockey U18 Schools Cup final, held at the Olympic Park in London, placing them second in the country. Many of Oakham’s top players have also been a part of national hockey successes with their club teams: Lucas was part of the winning U18 boys’ side in the England Hockey Cup final, whilst Abi, Alice and Maddie were all part of the winning England Hockey U18 Women’s Cup team.
• Music: After months of hard work and practice, Oakham’s Chamber Choir were one of only three senior school choirs in the country to reach the final of the prestigious BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition. “This is one of the most fiercely competitive and prestigious school choral competitions, and I’m incredibly proud that having only ever entered it twice, we reached the semi-finals in 2012 and now, in 2016, the finals,” says Director of Music, Peter Davis. “This is a real testament to the quality of music on offer at Oakham.”
• Drama: One of our Drama scholars has won a place on the three-year Acting degree programme at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in New York, joining the ranks of notable alumni such as Anne Hathaway and Robert Redford. Not only did Amber gain selection from hundreds of candidates, but she also achieved the remarkable feat of gaining a perfect score in her audition, for which she was awarded a much-coveted Merit Scholarship. Amber is amongst a growing number of Oakhamians who have won places at prestigious drama schools in the last year – including three students securing places at the much sought-after RADA.
• Debating: Oakham has been described as a “leading international” Model United Nations school, following students’ impressive contributions at the St Andrew’s International Model United Nations conference in Dublin. William Hehir, who is Director of one of the many MUN conferences that Oakham attends annually, commented that “Oakham is one of the leading international MUN debating schools”, a huge accolade considering that Oakham’s students were debating with over 600 students from 50 different schools from around the world.
Oakham School is dedicated to blending academic excellence with a richness of opportunity beyond the classroom. This term’s national successes and accolades are just a small showcase as to what we offer to all of our students. To learn more about our genuinely holistic education visit www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk