In late May, a group of twenty Fourth Form pupils from Oundle School spent eight days in Tarifa, Spain improving their language skills and acquiring a greater knowledge and appreciation for Spanish culture.
For four mornings, pupils had Spanish lessons at the villa they were staying in, which focussed on conversation and were provided by the La Janda Institute. In the afternoons, the pupils enjoyed half day activities including surfing at El Palmar beach, walking to Bolonia beach and a beach Olympiad.
Each day, the group were treated to different homemade, organic Spanish meals prepared by their excellent cook Tara although they did have to wash up afterwards!
Pupils were also given time to enjoy the spectacular villa, the infinity pool and the stunning beach below the villa. The trip included excursions to Seville and Jerez. In Seville, pupils visited a local school as well as some of the more important monuments.
Michael Woo (15) commented, “Learning Spanish and about Spain in front of a gorgeous beachside view in the morning was fantastic. I got a lot out of this trip. The places that we visited were really interesting and we had some real fun.”
Imo Caudwell (15) commented, “I learnt lots from the Spanish lessons and now feel like I can keep up a short conversation in Spanish.”
Luke Risman (15) concluded, “Some of the best parts of the trip for me were the trips to the beach and the daytime walk over the mountain to Bolonia beach. The view from the top was amazing. All the traditional Spanish food was great and having lessons from the local Spanish teachers enriched us culturally.”
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.