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Uppingham School

Uppingham, Rutland, England LE15 9QE
Tel: +44 (0) 1572 822216

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 13 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Full)

For the forward thinkers, makers, debaters and creators.

The pioneers who ask why. And why not. For tomorrow’s leaders;

Not defined by where they have gone. But where they are yet to go.

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Word From The Head

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Dr Richard Maloney


Uppingham School is a vibrant and energetic full boarding school for girls and boys aged 13-18. Accommodating 800 pupils across 15 boarding houses, the School offers state-of-the-art science, sports and music facilities, alongside its strong academic profile and excellent pastoral care. Alumni include Stephen Fry, Rick Stein, McFly’s Harry Judd and Phil Spencer of Location, Location, Location.

Founded in 1584, Uppingham is a school with a long and proud heritage, but is fundamentally forward-looking in its values and approach. It offers a warm, compassionate and mutually supportive environment where pupils are appreciated for who they are; where they are given the skills and tools they need to navigate their own path in life.

Uppingham prides itself on a longstanding commitment to a holistic education, first introduced by its famous former headmaster Edward Thring (HM 1853-1887). Within its walls, young people are guided, nurtured and inspired to achieve excellence and flourish.

Uppingham is a seven day a week boarding school. When pupils aren’t being inspired and challenged in their academic lessons, they are able to enjoy co-curricular activities and enrichment programmes, as well as being able to immerse themselves in an active life within their House.

The Houses are an immersive, family-oriented environment; a hub of communal activity, as well as a place to rest, study and reflect. Pupils return to their Houses for mealtimes each day to dine together, which is an important and distinguishing feature of our pastoral care.

Located in the picturesque market town of Uppingham in Rutland, the School offers an outstanding and well-rounded education within a campus known for its historic architectural beauty, natural splendour, supportive teachers and exceptional pastoral care.

Open Days, Visits & Events

10-09-2024 - Discovery Morning (Day Pupils)

Families interested in Li House, our new day house, are warmly invited to join us for one of our Discovery Mornings.

These informal events offer a brilliant opportunity to learn more about our Li House and understand what it is like to be a day pupil at Uppingham.

Discovery Mornings include a tour of the school with one of our Sixth Form pupils, followed by presentations from the Headmaster, Assistant Head: Pastoral, the Director of Admissions and the Housemaster of Li House. The presentations are then followed by a Q&A session.

Our upcoming Discovery Mornings will be held on the following days, commencing at 9:15 and concluding before midday:

14-09-2024 - Sixth Form Open Day

Potential Sixth Form candidates attend a Visiting Day either in the summer term of Year 10 (the first year of their GCSEs) or in the autumn term of Year 11 (at the start of their final GCSE year) – before taking tests in October or November for entry in the following academic year.

Our upcoming Visiting Days for entry into the Sixth Form are as follows.

05-10-2024 - Visiting Day (Entry into Forth Form)

We host a number of separate Visiting Days for entry into the Fourth Form (Year 9) and the Sixth Form (Year 12) throughout the year. These Visiting Days offer an excellent introduction to the School, particularly for those who have not been here before. We intend to run these from September with restricted numbers.

Our Visiting Days begin at 9.30am with coffee in the Memorial Hall, where there is a chance to meet the Headmaster, the Director of Admissions, other senior staff, a number of pupils, housemasters and housemistresses.

After the Headmaster’s address at 10.00am sharp, there is a tour of the School lasting an hour, followed by visits to two of the houses that are open for the day. Usually, two boys’ houses and two girls’ houses are open, and parents and prospective pupils are free to visit any combination of these.

Refreshments and snacks are available at the conclusion of the tours during which time the Director of Admissions talks about the application process and other staff are available to meet. The day concludes by 1.00pm.

For entry into the Fourth Form, Visiting Days are open to families with children aged nine or ten, in Years 5 and 6 (the two year groups that precede our entrance pre-tests in Year 7). Visiting Days for these cohorts are available each term.

13-11-2024 - Discovery Morning (Day Pupils)

Families interested in Li House, our new day house, are warmly invited to join us for one of our Discovery Mornings.

These informal events offer a brilliant opportunity to learn more about our Li House and understand what it is like to be a day pupil at Uppingham.

Discovery Mornings include a tour of the school with one of our Sixth Form pupils, followed by presentations from the Headmaster, Assistant Head: Pastoral, the Director of Admissions and the Housemaster of Li House. The presentations are then followed by a Q&A session.

Our upcoming Discovery Mornings will be held on the following days, commencing at 9:15 and concluding before midday:

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Astronomy
  • Ballet
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Language Club
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • Special Diets

Admissions

  • Assessment
  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Art
  • Bursaries
  • Financial Assistance
  • Music
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Science
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • Church of England
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range13 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£29574 to £29574
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£45522 to £45522
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    20Day16
    465Full Boarding331
    0Weekly Boarding0
    485Total347
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 107
    Part-time: 47

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Good Schools Guide


    The school offers an intellectually rigorous and adaptable education with outstandingly good provision for music, art and drama. Though rural, Uppingham is not isolated and pupils benefit from the excellent relations the school and town enjoy. Surroundings are idyllic, opportunities to learn,...