Oundle School rugby players and identical twins Ben and Tom Curry (17) have been selected to represent the Elite England U18 rugby side. Tom was selected to play against France, in Nantes, and Ben and Tom will both play against Scotland.
As well as representing Cheshire and North of England at U16s, both were capped for England U16s, Ben with England U16 Saxons and Tom England U16s. Tom was also awarded England U16 Player of Year (The Trevor Watton Cup) in that season.
Head of Rugby at Oundle (and former England player), John Olver commented, “Oundle has had a rich run of fortune at the Elite England level over recent years. Together with Ben and Tom, Sam Olver (Tom and Ben’s cousin) and Josh Peters also represented England U18s. All four players have signed professional contracts post Oundle, with Ben and Tom Curry signing for Sale Sharks, and Sam Olver and Josh Peters already fully professional at Northampton Saints.”
Both boys are due to complete their A-levels this summer; Ben hopes to study Pharmacy or Maths at university and Tom wishes to study Geography.
Oundle’ other two rugby scholars, Zac Berrill and Josef Green, both train at Northampton Saints Academy and played against the Curry twins in an U18 Premiership academy game at half term.
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 which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 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.