Oundle pupil wins HMC Portrait Competition
10th November 2014


Whilst studying at Oundle School, former pupil, Kitty Shepherd submitted artwork for an Arts Competition organised by The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). Her piece ‘Young Man’ was selected by Peter Monkton, winner of the BP Portrait Award in 2009, as the winner of the Painting category.


The Visual Arts competition was organised to celebrate the imagination and creativity of pupils from HMC schools, with entries received from schools both in the UK and from around the world.


A representative from HMC commented, “It quickly became very apparent that the entries were so diverse that they could not be judged as one Visual Arts competition, and so we divided it into three categories – Painting, Sculpture and Lens Media.”


Kitty and Head of Art at Oundle, Jeremy Oddie, attended the 2014 HMC Annual Conference held at the Celtic Manor Resort, near Newport, South Wales on Wednesday, 1 October. During a mini Eisteddfod where her work was on display alongside other winners, Kitty was presented with a certificate.  


Jeremy Oddie commented, “We were extremely pleased to hear that Kitty won the Painting section of the competition and was invited to attend the presentation ceremony at the HMC. All the competition winners had their work displayed on a large screen, which also included sculpture, video clips and poetry readings. Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales spoke to the conference and also recited a selection of her work. The finale to the evening was a choir of Headmasters and Headmistresses singing to a bemused audience!”


Background Information on Oundle School


Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School’s history dates 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 Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015. 

There are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11. 

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Liz Dillarstone

Publicity and Press Relations Officer

Oundle School

01832 277267

07810 788458



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