British English Olympics held in Oundle
29th May 2015

From 28th March to 14th April in the Easter holidays, Oundle School hosted the Oxford International British English Olympics (BEO), involving over 560 students and staff from South America.

The BEO is a high profile, prestigious academic and cultural event.  Participating teams of 12-16 year olds from international schools from around the world travel to the UK to put their English to the test.  They compete against one another in a series of academic challenges, alongside having the opportunity to learn about British culture and history as they explore some of the sights. During the competition students were required to perform in front of a panel of judges as they participated in debates, presentations, drama and musical performances, that all related to a contemporary global theme.



The students and staff participating in the first ever Oundle BEO represented thirty eight schools from eight different countries, including Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Peru, and Columbia. Each School sent a team of between ten and twenty students with accompanying teachers from their own schools. In total 120 schools from around the world, with over 1500 students took part in the 2015 British English Olympics.

 Enterprises and Events Manager at Oundle School, Susie Raby commented, “Our size, reputation and historic market town location were all key to securing this new contract. The prestigious BEO programme was an excellent academic fit and allowed us the opportunity both to showcase our outstanding facilities and to bring extra business to the town. Feedback from both our overseas visitors and members of the town itself have been overwhelmingly complimentary and we very much look forward to welcoming the group back again next year.”



Owner of Beans Coffee Stop, Phil Gilbert sent a message to those attending the BEO as follows:All of us here would like to thank everyone from BEO for coming along to Beans during your stay here in Oundle - you've all made it such a fun place during these last two weeks!

We hope you've had a great time in our lovely town, we hope you've learnt lots, and we hope you have a safe and pleasant journey back to your homes.”

Matthew Hird, Programme Director for the BEO commented, “Oxford International developed the BEO programme to provide a forum for international teenagers to explore and debate important contemporary political and social issues. This year the theme was ‘Youth Parliament’ and they were looking to find new ways to resolve crises around the globe. Every year we are always amazed by the quality of the student’s presentations and the depth of understanding they develop whilst researching these topics in their second language. This year we saw some fantastic presentations and we are happy to see the BEO go from strength to strength.”


Background Information on Oundle School Enterprises

Residential stays, one-off events and sports bookings can be made by contacting Oundle School Enterprises which forms part of the trading arm of the School - Oundle School Services Company Ltd.

Oundle School Enterprises commercially contributes to the School by letting out accommodation and facilities when they are not in use, primarily during the Easter and summer holidays.

Sports facilities are available during the evenings year round and the swimming pool is open to the community on a membership basis. All profit raised is gifted back to Oundle School to assist with bursaries & scholarships and future developments to enhance the outstanding facilities available.

For more information contact Susie Raby: or telephone: Telephone: 01832 277 143/Mobile: 07725 914 755


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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