A camp full of opportunities and experiences
14th May 2015

This year’s Oundle School Combined Cadet Force Adventure Training Camp took place over the Easter holidays with fifteen pupils and five teachers travelling to Snowdonia in North Wales.

Pupil, Juliette Carmichael (15) commented, “When we arrived at Capel Curig Training Camp, we set up our tents and got kitted up for night orienteering, which was really exiting!”

On the first day the cadets woke up early, had breakfast and kitted up to climb Snowdon.

Juliette added, “The view all the way up was stunning, the two lakes in the middle were very blue (due to the copper in the water) and looked exquisite in the sun. Only a few clouds were in the sky as we were walking up. However as we neared the summit, the path was covered with snow.”

When the cadets finally reached the 1,085 metre summit they couldn’t see much through the thick cloud. However as the cloud parted the whole valley became visible before them.

The next day, despite the high winds and rain, the group went hiking again, this time through the Elsi Forest.

The remaining days were spent climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.

Juliette concluded, “Due to the traditional Welsh weather (rain) we were unable to climb outside, but we travelled to an enormous climbing wall (the Beacon at Caernarvon), which was one of the many highlights of the week.

I am sure we all agreed that the zip-wire was by far the best activity we did all week. We went to the longest zip-wire in Europe (about 1.8 km long) and it was the most amazing experience ever! We flew across an old slate mine with speeds up to 97km/h! It really did feel as if we were flying!”

Trip organiser, Walter Holmstrom commented, The purpose of the trip was to introduce/re-familiarise cadets with more advanced Adventure Training skills than is possible to experience on a weekly basis in Oundle and to apply them over a period of days rather than hours; enabling them to experience a more remote and mountainous area and more meteorologically challenging climate than is normally encountered in Northamptonshire.”


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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