U12 County Champions show real promise
7th April 2015

 As Oundle’s U14 netballers prepare to play in the National Finals this coming weekend, the School’s U12 Netball team have been crowned County Champions at Wellingborough.

Their matches were scheduled to be played eight minutes each way. The first match, against Spratton Hall, was one of the hardest. After a slow start, Oundle won 8-5, with Alice Bennett (12) playing solidly in the middle and the team showing improvement throughout.

Captain, Tara Boyle (12) commented, “Winning the first game put the team in high spirits and after a short break we played against Northampton High School A team. We found this game hard but won 7 - 4. Martha Stock (12) made the difference here with her great defence.”

The next game was against Quinton House which Oundle won 12 - 0. Tara Boyle and Evie Simpson (11) shot very accurately. The girls moved swiftly onto Wellingborough and a tough match resulted in an 8- 4 win to Oundle. Lucy Hembury-Gunn (12) was significant here with her speed and decision making.

The final match was played against Northampton High School B and a 13 - 3 win secured Oundle the position of U12 County Champions. Captain, Tara Boyle was awarded player of the tournament. 

Head of Netball, Bev Burnham commented, These are a promising group of talented pupils, I am looking forward to seeing them develop over the next few years; their eagerness and potential can only take Oundle sport to a new level.”

TEAM: Tara Boyle (captain), Evie Simpson, Lucy Hembury-Gunn, Martha Stock, Olivia Mardon, Alice Bennett, Emily Jones, Simran Chagger, Katie Todd, Isabella Baird



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 1100 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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