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Activities and Societies

  • ACS
  • Subfonds
  • 1905 - 2021

A collection which charts the various societies and activities available to pupils at Oakham School. Documents include photographic records and correspondence for different societies. Topics include chess, CCF/OTC, scouts, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Oligoi , Exploratory Society, and trips and expeditions.

The multiple series contain administrative documents for the various societies and certain series, such as Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF/OTC have excellent photographic record of formal or informal events.

There is a particularly detailed series on Chess and the event of Gary Kasparov's visit to the school.

There is a good collection of shooting medals and trophies, kindly donated by Henry Blagg.

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Administration

  • ADM
  • Subfonds
  • 1871 - 2021

This collection focuses on the administrative side of the school including admissions and trustees.

There is a rich collection of admissions books dating back to the 19th century alongside detailed notes of Trustees' committee minutes and development plans.

School inspections undertaken by external bodies are represented in this sub-fond and include some of the 19th century schemes which helped to found the school as one independent from Uppingham.

ADM/4 contains policy documents outlining the health and safety measures in the school.

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Anna Bentley

  • AB
  • Subfonds
  • 1958 - 2011

A collection of material from Anna Bentley's office including some school trophies, specially produced Oakham School dictionaries, entry books for the school, financial accounts, exam results, and correspondence. Most of the material in this collection relates to work completed in the marketing, administrative and foundation departments of the school.

Anna Bentley

Buildings and Estates

  • BES
  • Subfonds
  • 1802 - 2020

A collection which focuses on the history of the school campus and buildings. There is an excellent photographic record of the school campus including the development of both houses and teaching buildings.

The collection contains architectural plans for buildings and press releases/ photographs of the opening of new additions to the school campus.

This sub-fonds contains general policy documents more relevant to the estates and IT daily functions.

The three series divide this sub-fonds amongst buildings, campus services, and IT.

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Charity and Outreach

  • CAO
  • Subfonds
  • 1985 - 2021

This collection covers the charity and outreach work undertaken by Oakham School's staff and pupils.

There are sub-series focusing on OSCA (the school's charity association), the Rutland Water Walk, Voluntary Action, and interaction with local prep schools.

Photographic and administrative material are particularly dominant in this sub-fonds.

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Costume and Objects

  • COB
  • Subfonds
  • 1919 - 2018

This collection consists of the mainly the non-paper aspects of the archives collection. The collection is random in its make up but has a good material collection which highlights the changing nature of the school's uniform.

Items in this collection range in material type and stem from a variety of sources such as the Quatercentenary celebrations or items that were once used daily on the school grounds (such as building plaques or clock hands).

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Curriculum

  • CUR
  • Subfonds
  • 1926 - 2020

This collection highlights the depth and breadth of the school's curriculum and pupil's work. The drama and music sub-series are particularly detailed with their collection of production stills and programmes.

CUR/7 contains reports relating to the school's teaching and curriculum alongside timetables for lessons and exams, and comprehensive examination results for GCSE, A Level and IB.

Throughout the series in this collection, there is material relating to events and trips undertaken by various departments to increase the extra-curricular activities of pupils.

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Events

  • EVT
  • Subfonds
  • 1960 - 2021

This collection focuses on major events that have occurred to the school and its pupils. This includes the Quatercentenary celebrations and the school's reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Quatercentenary celebrations compromised of several events including the visit to the school by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Quatercentenary ball, and special productions to celebrate the recent opening of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

There is a detailed series on the school's Speech Day which includes a comprehensive list of programmes and award winners from the ceremony.

There is a excellent record of items showing how the school reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is general communication to parents and staff, information on the structure of face to face and distance learning teaching, and also an illuminating collection of photographs taken by Ms. Fernandez in 2021.

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Finance and Bursary

  • FNB
  • Subfonds
  • 1860 - 2020

A collection of material which focuses the school accounts and financial procedures over the years. This includes information on general accounts, pupil fees, committee minutes, staff wages, legal proceedings, and guidance policies for staff.

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Headmasters

  • HEA
  • Subfonds
  • 1818 - 2021

Stretching back to the headmastership of Dr. Doncaster, this collection comprehensively covers the correspondence, publications, photographs and other ephemera of the headmasters of Oakham School up to the present day. For many of the headmasters, correspondence and rolls calls are a significant theme in their series.

This collection also contains an excellent record of speeches and sermons given by G. Talbot Griffiths and John Buchanan.

The final series on reports covers the headmaster's, deputy headmaster's and registers writings on the state of the school, including topics such as building and estate development, admissions, the curriculum, examination results, and Old Oakhamians.

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