Oakham School celebrates superb inspection report

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Pupils and teachers at Oakham School are celebrating after the school received a superb inspection report.

The school has been highly praised by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in all aspects of education, including teaching and learning, pastoral care and its wide range of opportunities on offer.

A team of 16 inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate visited Oakham School in September to undertake the four-day review.

The inspection, which is the equivalent to an Ofsted inspection in the maintained sector, looked at all aspects of the educational provision of the school including its compliance with the Independent Schools’ Regulations and the National Standards for Boarding.

The inspectors said the pupils showed “high levels of confidence and behaviour” and their achievements and learning are “excellent”.

Headteacher Nigel Lashbrook said: “It is a report that everyone at Oakham should be incredibly proud of.

“I’m particularly pleased that our key strengths have been praised. This includes our ‘supportive learning environment’, our ‘excellent curriculum that stimulates development of all facets’ of our pupils’ potential, our ‘excellent’ pastoral care, and our ‘outstanding’ co-curricular programme.

“For the inspectors to recognise and praise our commitment to developing the way our pupils think and learn is most heartening.”

The inspectors acknowledged that Oakham School offers a “holistic education” through its “excellent” curricular and extra curricular provision. It also said that work in art and design is “exceptional”, that pupils demonstrate “high level creative and performing skills” in both drama and music and that the level of attainment in sports is “excellent.”

The inspectors saw first-hand how the school’s pastoral provision is “generous in scope and of a high quality”. They also noted the “high quality of relationships between the staff and pupils”, and how staff “go beyond the boundaries of job descriptions to support the boarders in their care”.

Mr Lashbrook added: “It was particularly pleasing to hear that we are judged to be a school that has made significant progress since the previous inspection.

“I’m looking forward to working with trustees, teachers and staff to build on this success and to further enhance the opportunities and learning experiences for all Oakhamians.”