Oundle’s Oxbridge Successes
27th January 2014

Seventeen pupils from Oundle School have received offers to Oxford and Cambridge this year.  Fourteen of these are conditional offers based on A level and Pre U results with three former pupils receiving unconditional offers.

Master in Charge of Oxbridge applicants and Classics teacher, Mark Parry commented, “The seventeen Oundelians who received offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge this year can be extremely proud of their efforts; the competition for places becomes more intense year upon year as our candidates compete against other very able applicants within an uncertain political climate.  All credit must go to the successful candidates for their excellent preparation.”
The offers this year were spread across the two universities (7 from Cambridge and 10 from Oxford), and were made in a pleasing range of subjects across both the Sciences (6 offers) and the Arts (11 offers). Amongst the subjects to be studied by the pupils are Archaeology and Anthropology, Chemistry, English, Classics, History, Law, Maths, Maths and Statistics, Medicine, MML – French and Spanish, Music, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Physics and PPE.


Upper Sixth Form pupil, Heidy Kang (18), who is currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History and has received a conditional offer from Oxford to study Maths commented, “I joined Oundle in my Third Form (Year 9) and fell in love with the School immediately. It has made my Oxford dream come true and the teachers are very supportive both in academic matters and personal issues. You can choose any subjects you want to learn, any sports you want to participate in and join any societies you want to be involved in.” 


Headmaster, Charles Bush commented, “We are delighted by this success. Winning a place at Oxford or Cambridge University has become increasingly difficult.  Candidates need to demonstrate significant ability and show great motivation, knowledge and enthusiasm for their chosen courses.  We are delighted that so many of this hard-working and able year group have won places.  This achievement continues to enhance Oundle’s academic reputation.  It is testimony to the hard work and approach of Oundle’s pupils and teachers.”


Thoughts have turned to next year's applicants. There will be an Oxbridge Conference for the Lower Sixth on 7 February which will be attended by Dr Andrew Thompson, Admissions Tutor at Queens’ College, Cambridge, as well as a selection of current undergraduates and pupils from other local schools.  


Press contact:


Liz Dillarstone

Publicity and Press Relations Officer

Oundle School

01832 277267

07810 788458 


Background Information on Oundle School


Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School's history goes 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 Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.

The School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton Junior as a 5-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school, with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.

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