November, all pupils at Oundle School who study ICT or Computer Science from
the First Form to the Sixth Form (Years 7-13) participated in the inaugural UK
Beaver Computing Challenge along with 21,000 other pupils from across the
The competitors were entered in three different age bands and were tested on
computation logic. There were 15 questions to solve in a 45 minute time limit
with a maximum score of 180 points.
had some exceptionally good results, with 14 pupils achieving the top 25 scores
and making the National “Hall of Fame” in their respective age groups.
of ICT, Rob Cunniffe commented, “Particularly
impressive were the scores by Intermediates George Garber (13) and Arthur
Thomson (14), who were two of just 18 in the whole country across all age
ranges who scored full marks.”
Garber (13) commented, “The challenge was
difficult and I was not expecting to get full marks. I am planning to get a job
involving ICT; it is very important these days to have a good knowledge of
computing department is spread between the Gascoigne and the newly refurbished
Adamson buildings, with one room of 24 machines in each building, and an
additional computing lab in Adamson with state-of-the-art equipment.
Computing Department is supported by Computing Services Department who are
responsible for supporting the use of computer technology and to that end there
are other suites of computers installed in various parts of the School. They
are all interconnected on a site-wide network which links all major buildings
including the boarding houses, enabling staff and pupils to access their work
files from anywhere in the School.
study desk in boarding houses has a thin client computer on it, and study rooms
in the day house also have suites of networked computers.
First to Third Form pupils study Computing with a Computing Science
additional optional course in Third Form. Oundle offers the OCR GCSE in
Computer Studies as part of the GCSE options scheme. This exciting course introduces
students to the fundamentals of computer programming, teaching logic, and
fostering problem-solving skills. Whilst there is a sizeable practical content,
there is a requirement to learn applications of computing in industry, business
At A Level, the School offers the WJEC A Level Computing, a natural
progression from the GCSE. The course focuses on system production to solve
problems, using a programming language, but also looks at the architecture of
computers, algorithms and health and safety.
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Background Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it
takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the
twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large
extent, its campus.
School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton
Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School,
mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the
Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.
School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet
contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton
Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school,
with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.