The facts: Uppingham is a seven day a week boarding school for 800 girls and boys aged 13-18. There are nine boys’ 13-18 boarding houses, five for girls, and one for Sixth Form girls only. It has state-of-the-art science, music and sport facilities, a strong academic profile, excellent pastoral care.
But what is it for a child that marks out Uppingham from the many first class schools in the heart of England? Above all our energy. Our genuine immersive boarding experience is increasingly hard to find, but remains at the core of our pupils’ successes. It demands that we provide a rich and diverse range of choices for our 800 students, so that boarding life at Uppingham is busy, varied, challenging and rewarding.
The cornerstone of the School’s philosophy is that every child is capable of excellence in some field or other: it is our job to identify that field. Whether a child’s ambitions are academic, sporting, artistic or societal, Uppingham offers wonderful opportunities for self-fulfilment.
We also offer unique expertise in ensuring happiness in a child’s boarding experience. Each boarding house is a close-knit family community, there is in-house dining, each child has a personal tutor, and matron plays a key pastoral role in liaison with the Housemaster or Housemistress.
Music plays a vital role at the heart of the School and the effect of the congregational singing on visitors is legendary. Opposite the Chapel sit the music schools: standards are very high, but there is room for all abilities.
Epitomising Uppingham’s range is a walk through the market town. At one end sits the Western Quad, where Science, Art, Theatre and Sport share a new £40 million pound campus. At the other end are the Hill Houses, the loveliest of boarding houses set in nineteenth century Victorian homes.
Perhaps most importantly, Uppingham inspires a deep sense of belonging. What happens here has a profound and enriching impact on all who are part of our community. We give our pupils the range and space to discover who they are and what they can be as they move towards adulthood.