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Pre-season Tennis training
8th May 2015

At the end of the Easter holidays, nineteen Oundle School pupils took part in a pre-season tennis camp in Girona, Spain.

The pupils received four hours of tennis coaching each day, playing under clear skies on fabulous red clay courts with the Pyrenees in the background.

Tennis coach and trip organiser, Spencer Coates commented, “All gained much from the lessons with technique, work ethic and match play clearly improving. The pupils also worked in their free time preparing for upcoming public examinations and returned to School well prepared for both the tennis season and their exams. A quality tennis experience was appreciated by all.”

Kouros Varasteh (16) was rated as the most improved player by the coaching team, setting a fine example both on, and off, the court.

Harry Evett (17) commented, “The tennis tour to Barcelona provided the whole squad with invaluable match-play experience, which bodes well for the upcoming season. Beating Colston's School, our first victory of the season, was a highlight for me.”

  

 

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 1100 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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