Jon Wills bids farewell after 38 years at Oakham School

‘Well-rounded’, ‘open-minded’ and ‘fun loving’ are familiar attributes among Oakhamians, but it would be a challenge to find a person who encompasses these qualities more than Jon Wills, who is retiring after 38 years of service to the School.

Jon Wills – or ‘Jono’, as he is more affectionately known – joined Oakham as a Third Former in 1968 and left the Seventh Form in 1973. This would not, however, prove to mark the end of his Oakham career; within seven years he was back at the School as a teacher of PE and Geography.

The following two decades would see Jono assume a variety of staffing roles and become established at the very heart of Oakham life. Along with his wife, Kim, Jono picked up the baton as Housemaster of three Boarding Houses: Lincoln, Haywoods and School House. He has been Head of Boys PE, Master in charge of cricket and tennis, Admissions Registrar and most recently School Archivist – the position from which he is now retiring. The School is part of Jono’s very DNA; not only was his father an OO, but both Kim and the couple’s three children have been involved in Oakham life, the former as a teacher and the latter as pupils at the School.

Jon Wills' contribution to Oakham is invaluable. He has influenced the lives of thousands of Oakhamians, whether as their teacher, colleague or fellow pupil, and it will be impossible to replace the encyclopaedic knowledge and legendary repute Jono has acquired throughout his time at the School.

It’s not all goodbyes, however – Jono will remain as OO Club Chairman until December 2019. Proof that once an Oakhamian, always an Oakhamian!