Success in Mathematics Challenges
17th February 2015

In November, 177 Fifth and Sixth Form pupils from Oundle School participated in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge competition. An impressive 146 pupils were awarded certificates, thirty-one of which were Gold, sixty-four Silver and fifty-one Bronze.

Upper Sixth former, Matthew Coster (17), was awarded ‘Best in School’ for achieving an outstanding full marks in the paper while George Cobb (16) and Jasper Poon (16) each received certificates for the best scores in Fifth Form and Lower Sixth Form respectively.

A number of pupils performed well enough to qualify for the follow-on rounds and seven pupils sat the Senior Kangaroo paper with Matthew Barringer (17), Harry Lawes (17) and Jack Ireson (18) receiving merit awards.

Harry Hutchinson (18) and Matthew Ho (17), together with Matthew Coster and Jasper Poon, took part in the prestigious British Maths Olympiad. This is an impressive achievement for all pupils involved and an excellent opportunity for the pupils to experience mathematical problems that extend them beyond the curriculum.

Had of Maths, Simon Dale, commented, “We are very proud that our pupils reach such high standards – this is an individual competition and it thus represents the efforts of those individuals who have done so well.  It is not easy to qualify for the BMO, nor do well in it, but we always have pupils who reach this excellent standard which places them amongst the best in the country.”



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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