On 4th June, Oundle School welcomed fifty-six pupils from seven local primary schools (Oundle and Kings Cliffe Middle School, Gladstone Primary School, Castor CE Primary School, Brigstock Lathams CE School, Exeter Primary School, Woodnewton Primary School and Studfall Junior School), to its SciTec science facilities to take part in a Gifted and Talented science event.
This annual event aims to highlight the importance of practical science by delivering hands on experiments across all three sciences to visiting children. Experiments included playing with maggots (Biology), investigating fruit batteries (Physics) and making Coca Cola (Chemistry), enabling the young pupils to get a taste of higher level practical science whilst at the same time retaining the fun element which is so important in maintaining an interest.
Emma Wilkinson from Woodnewton Primary School said, “The children had a brilliant day and thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities.”
Angie Alloway from Studfall Junior School said, “The children were simply buzzing, what a wonderful day.”
Mark Ratchford, Headmaster of Castor CE Primary School said, “Our pupils all came back to school very enthused! My gratitude to the science team at Oundle for making them feel welcome and inspiring them to look forward to secondary science.”
Head of Science at Oundle School, Oli Peck, commented, “If we are serious about producing the scientists of tomorrow, it is important to start investing in our young people today. Getting primary school pupils enthusiastic about science through practical work is an excellent way to develop their love not only of science, but also of learning.”
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. Phase two of the SciTec vision is now underway, with enhanced Design Technology facilities and a new purpose-built Mathematics Department planned to link the STEM subjects both physically and philosophically. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion in 2015.
There are currently 1100 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 865 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.