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Uppingham School

Uppingham, Oakham, Leicestershire

Co-ed

Full BoardingDay Boarding

At Uppingham we draw on our vibrant heritage to provide a stimulating, dynamic and modern education for our pupils. We use our rich tradition as a springboard for creativity and innovation.

Throughout its history Uppingham has been a pioneering school. Uppingham’s great Victorian Headmaster Edward Thring transformed British schooling when he introduced an holistic education as an indispensable complement to academic rigour.

Today, the value of an all-round education, in which each individual and their talents come first, is fundamental to the Uppingham experience.

Uppingham values people. Ours is a warm, compassionate community where pupils explore their creativity and discover their passions. Above all, Uppinghamians are appreciated for who they are. Here, kindness and respect matter. Personal happiness and building affirming relationships are fundamental within the Uppingham community. Our staff care and they are wholeheartedly dedicated to the well-being of each girl and boy.

We are a full boarding school and believe the complete immersion in education gives our pupils the richest and most profound experience of school. Opportunities abound at Uppingham and girls and boys know their learning is both broad and humane.

Academic ambition matters. Our pupils are stimulated, challenged and inspired by their teaching. We want their academic education to be thought-provoking, intense, and life-changing. Uppinghamians aspire to bring the best out of themselves. Likewise, we fundamentally value the broader aspects of the curriculum – music, the creative, visual and expressive arts, theatre, sport.

We seek excellence in everything we do.

Who our pupils become matters to us. Uppinghamians are fortunate to be educated in the most magnificent environment. At the same time, given the ever-increasing complexities of adult life, there is a clear need for our young people to look outwards and beyond. We want Uppinghamians to contribute to the wider world through educational, community and charitable projects locally, nationally and overseas. We want them to value service, stand up for what is right, and effect societal change for the better.

Perhaps most importantly, Uppingham inspires a deep sense of belonging. What happens here has a profound and uniquely enriching impact on all who are part of our community.

Dr Richard J Maloney

Headmaster

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