November, 177 Fifth and Sixth Form pupils from Oundle School participated in
the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge competition. An impressive 146 pupils were awarded certificates, thirty-one of which were Gold,
sixty-four Silver and fifty-one Bronze.
Sixth former, Matthew Coster (17), was awarded ‘Best in School’ for achieving
an outstanding full marks in the paper while George Cobb (16) and Jasper Poon
(16) each received certificates for the best scores in Fifth Form and Lower
Sixth Form respectively.
number of pupils performed well enough to qualify for the follow-on rounds and
seven pupils sat the Senior Kangaroo paper with Matthew Barringer (17), Harry
Lawes (17) and Jack Ireson (18) receiving merit awards.
Hutchinson (18) and Matthew Ho (17), together with Matthew Coster and Jasper
Poon, took part in the prestigious British Maths Olympiad. This is an
impressive achievement for all pupils involved and an excellent opportunity for
the pupils to experience mathematical problems that extend them beyond the
Maths, Simon Dale, commented, “We are
very proud that our pupils reach such high standards – this is an individual
competition and it thus represents the efforts of those individuals who have
done so well. It is not easy to qualify for the BMO, nor do well in it,
but we always have pupils who reach this excellent standard which places them
amongst the best in the country.”
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
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.