Basic Information & Location
Founded 450 years ago, Oundle School is located in a small town of Northamptonshire, about an hour’s drive from London. The school has a large scale with more than a thousand students, and the ratio of international students is relatively low. It generally resembles Wellington College. Headed by the former schoolmaster Charles Bush, the school achieved great development and has become a well-established boarding school for both boys and girls, with even greater academic performance and facilities than Uppingham School.
In 2007, the school built the SciTec complex with 16 state-of-the-art laboratories, contributing to the excellent academic achievements in research and technology. As the third largest independent day and boarding school in the UK, Oundle has 860 full boarders. Its traditional British education has attracted students from all corners of the UK and over 20 countries overseas.
Oundle has a strong academic atmosphere and encourages holistic education. It has educated a large number of great people, including Sir Peter Scoot, founder of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In addition to the general A-Level curriculum, the school also offers Cambridge Pre-University Programme, with a great variety of electives, including German, art history, Italian and so on. Students achieved 82% of A*-A grades in 2017 GCSE and 53% in A-Level. In the past few years, there were more than 10 students in average who received offer from Oxford and Cambridge each year, proving an outstanding academic result.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
The school has a total of 14 dormitories, all equipped with Wi-Fi. Boarders would have their three meals in the dormitory canteen with the housemasters, who maintain a close relationship with all boarders. There are school doctor and nurse to take care of students’ health around the clock. Every weekend, there are numerous activities, through which students can enhance their friendship and enrich their boarding life.
Extracurricular & personal development
Oundle has great facilities: for indoor there are art and design centre, gymnasium and swimming pools, etc; outdoor there are playgrounds, shooting range and so on. In particular, the school wishes to nurture students’ social responsibility and regularly organizes activities together with the community, such as visiting the elderly and special schools, and volunteer work with local charities. Oundle Charity Venturers is founded to organize volunteer activities. The school also sets up Oscar Radio, which provides students with broadcast experience and public speaking opportunities.