Oundle School

Information, location and history

Founded in 1556, Oundle School is one of Britain’s leading co-educational boarding and day schools for pupils aged 11–18. With 860 full boarders and 250 day pupils, Oundle is the third largest independent boarding and day school in England. The School is renowned for its thriving full boarding ethos and the provision of a traditional British education. Roughly 10% of the School’s pupils come to Oundle from over 20 countries around the world.

The market town of Oundle, lying some 130 kilometres north of London in the county of Northamptonshire, is quintessentially English in the full sense of word. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are spread throughout the town, giving the School a unique campus feel.

At the turn of the 20th century, Oundle’s most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, firmly put the School on the map of leading public education institutions when its reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools was born. In 2007, a major and ground-breaking new science complex called SciTec opened with 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. Phase two of the SciTec project is in full swing, with enhanced Design Technology facilities and a new purpose-built Mathematics Department due to open in 2016. Oundle has also embarked on an ambitious Sports Masterplan.

A strong sense of community and the boarding houses

Central to the way of life at Oundle is its tremendous community spirit and the strong relationships between the pupils and the staff. Within the School’s fantastic boarding facilities, each house has around 60 girls or boys and is run by a housemaster or housemistress, supported by an experienced team of resident staff. In addition to the senior boarding houses there is a mixed junior house for younger pupils joining at 11+ or 12+.

Establishing a reputation for excellence

Oundle has a worldwide reputation for academic, musical and sporting excellence. Sport has always been an integral feature of life at Oundle, with the major sports for boys being rugby, cricket, soccer, hockey and rowing, and, for girls, hockey, netball, rounders, rowing and tennis. Opportunities to take part in extracurricular activities are plentiful.

Every year around 15–20 pupils win places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, with many more securing places at top Russell Group universities. Twenty-seven subjects are offered in the Sixth Form at A-level or Pre-U standard. Seven languages are available for study, including Arabic and Mandarin. Over half of all pupils play musical instruments and benefit from a pioneering partnership with London’s Royal College of Music.

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