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Ask the Experts
12th February 2015

The Oundle School Careers Department hosted its eighth annual ‘Ask the Experts’ event on Sunday 18 January. Pupils from the Fifth Form, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth (Years 11-13) were invited to attend this informal, drop-in event to talk to a large number of highly successful professionals representing a range of industry sectors and careers.

Head of Careers and English teacher, Robert Harry commented, “Each year the composition of the body of experts varies according to the parents who kindly volunteer to attend, and this year the pupils were extremely fortunate to be able to talk to senior personnel from a number of organisations in Accountancy, Architecture, Banking, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Law, Marketing, Medicine, Psychology, Real Estate and Sales.  This year’s event was particularly busy, with the experts answering questions and providing advice to large numbers of pupils and parents.”  

This networking event is always of great benefit to pupils in terms of informing their future decisions, making contacts and finding out what qualities companies are looking for in graduate recruits – particularly as the companies represented at the event are the very organisations that many of Oundle’s pupils will shortly be applying to for work experience, internships and graduate positions.

Many parents commented on the range and expertise of the various companies listed as well as praising the school’s ability to gather such high profile professionals in one place.  The presenters also added their praise for the pupils, who asked specific questions, demonstrating their engagement and willingness to learn more.

Headmaster, Charles Bush, commented, “It is tremendous when parents give up their time to act as expert advisors to the next generation. Children learn from this to consult widely and consider many different options for the future. It was a busy occasion and I am most grateful to all who helped make it a great success.”

 

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 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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