An honour to perform
7th April 2015

On Friday 27th February, Oundle School CCF’s Marching Band had the honour of playing during the half time interval of the match between Northampton Saints and London Harlequins at Franklin Gardens. The Band, now fifty four strong and under the direction of Band Mistress and Head of Brass, Adele Hudson, Band Captain Ian Ostijic (16), and Drum Major Angus McRae (16), performed a short marching display before halting in the centre of the pitch to play a special arrangement of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ much to the 13,000 strong home crowds delight.

The marching routine included a new manoeuvre where the Band separated into two divisions before counter marching and reforming on the half way line – the product of WO2 Wayne Palmer’s hard work with the Band on the preceding Wednesday afternoons.

The evening was a high point in the Band’s history and it is hoped that they will be invited to perform at Franklin Gardens next season. Their next performance will be on the day of the Contingent’s Annual Inspection on the School’s parade ground in May.

The Contingent Commander, Major Andrew Mansergh RM said, “It is an honour to have been invited to play at this premiership match and the Band has worked tremendously hard to reach the standard required to do so; every Cadet should be very proud of the performance that they gave”.




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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