Oundle School is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Daniel Grewcock as Director of Sport from the start of the next academic year. Mr Grewcock comes to Oundle from Bath Rugby Academy where he has been Academy Director since 2011. Under his leadership the Academy has become very highly regarded for the way in which it nurtures young players and the importance given to their wider education and development.
Prior to joining the education sector, Mr Grewcock enjoyed a distinguished career as a professional rugby player, with Coventry, Saracens and then Bath. He has sixty-nine England caps, was selected for two British Lions tours and was awarded the MBE for his services to rugby. He is married with a daughter and a son.
Mr Grewcock will take up the position of Director of Sport at Oundle as the School progresses to the next stage with its Sports MasterPlan. The Plan incorporates the building of a new Sports Centre housing a fifty metre swimming pool, an eight court sports hall, a high-quality fitness suite and dance studios. The current athletics track will be relocated and there will also be the installation of two additional astroturf pitches (making a total of four), ten natural grass and ten artificial cricket nets, twelve netball and twelve tennis courts.
Mr Grewcock commented, “I am looking forward to the new challenge that Oundle has to offer with its well-established programme and considerable investment in facilities. I will be ensuring that sport continues to be an exciting, enjoyable and vital part of the balanced programme. I have had an unbelievable time at Bath – both as a player and in the role of Academy Director and have learnt a great deal over the last five years, worked with some fantastic people, and it is with a heavy heart that I am leaving. I feel strongly about helping develop young athletes, and am thankful that I have the opportunity to continue doing this at Oundle.”
The appointment of Mr Grewcock as Director of Sport and the significant development of Sports facilities demonstrates the importance of Sport at Oundle. In undertaking the role, Mr Grewcock will lead in all aspects of both traditional team and individual sports, ensuring that Oundle pupils develop healthy lifestyles and that they succeed personally in their chosen sporting direction. Working alongside the Director of Sport as Assistant Director of Sport and Head of PE will be Richard Finch. Richard is currently Director of Sport at Harrow International in Hong Kong, and was previously Head of Physical Education at St Benedict’s Ealing.
The Head, Sarah Kerr-Dineen commented, “We are delighted that Mr Grewcock and his family will be joining the Oundle community in September. He brings with him a wealth of experience of sport and a profound commitment to the place of sport in the education of all children and young people.”
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.