Oundle’s Record Oxbridge Success
16th February 2015

A record number of pupils from Oundle School, twenty seven in total, have received offers to Oxford and Cambridge this year.  This is the highest number of offers in the last six years and the second highest in the last decade. Twenty two of these are conditional offers based on A level and Pre U results with five former pupils (Old Oundelians) receiving unconditional offers.

Master in Charge of Oxbridge applicants and History teacher, Mark Parry commented, “The twenty seven 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. All credit must go to the successful candidates for their excellent preparation.”
The offers this year were spread across the two universities (eleven from Cambridge and sixteen from Oxford), and were made in a pleasing range of subjects across both the Sciences and the Arts. Amongst the subjects to be studied by the pupils are Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Economics, Economics and Management, Engineering, English, French and Italian, German and Arabic, German and Italian, History, History of Art, History and Politics, Italian and Linguistics, Law, Maths, and Music. Former pupil, Josef Laming, who will be reading Music, has also secured an organ scholarship at New College, Oxford.

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 (also attended by pupils from other local schools) on 6 February with talks from Dr David Woodman, Admissions Tutor from Robinson College, Cambridge, Charlotte Isaacs, Student Recruitment Officer from the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the University of Oxford and two Old Oundelians, Fred Wienand who is reading English at St Hugh’s, Oxford and Charlie Dowell who is reading Natural Sciences at St John’s, Cambridge.


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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