“Make the world better, wear a sweater”
21st January 2015

On 6 December (a week in advance of the official date), Oundle School pupils held a non-uniform day supporting the Save the Children “Make the world better, wear a sweater” campaign.

The event was organised by Lower Sixth former, Emma Mallett (16), who was inspired by the fund matching offered by UK Aid, whereby every pound raised would be matched. Funds raised through this campaign will focus on the orphans from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Oundle pupils were encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper on 6 December (a week before the National Christmas Jumper Day of Friday 12 December due to their end of term). Support staff supported the official date.

Head of Charities, Ian Clark commented, “Over £650 has already been raised, which means that a total of over £1300 will head towards Save the Children’s West Africa campaign – not bad for just wearing a jumper, some of which were more tasteful than others!”

 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 1110 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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