On 6 December (a week in advance of the official date), Oundle School pupils held a non-uniform day supporting the Save the Children “Make the world better, wear a sweater” campaign.
event was organised by Lower Sixth former, Emma Mallett (16), who was inspired
by the fund matching offered by UK Aid, whereby every pound raised would be
matched. Funds raised through this campaign will focus on the orphans from the
Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
pupils were encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper on 6 December (a week before
the National Christmas Jumper Day of Friday 12 December due to their end of term). Support staff supported the official date.
of Charities, Ian Clark commented, “Over
£650 has already been raised, which means that a total of over £1300 will head
towards Save the Children’s West Africa campaign – not bad for just wearing a
jumper, some of which were more tasteful than others!”
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
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.