Notable achievements in Chemistry Challenge
19th October 2015

At the end of the last academic year, a number of Oundelians were successful in the annual Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, with notable achievements from Winnie Liu (18), who also scored 100% in both of her Chemistry AS modules, Francis Perumatantri (17) and Clovis Parker-Jervis (17) who all received Gold medals.

The top score in the School went to George Marshall (17), who achieved a Roentgenium award, placing him within the top 0.7% of all entrants and earning him a place on a Summer residential course at the University of Cambridge. George is currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and hopes to study either Natural Sciences or Physics at University.



The written exam, lasting 90 minutes, tested the knowledge and application of some of the top achieving Lower Sixth (Year 12) chemists from the School.

Oundle also had nine pupils who achieved Silver awards and a further eight pupils who achieved Copper awards.

Head of Chemistry at Oundle School, Jonathan Peverley said, “This challenge tests the very core of our pupils' understanding of the subject and is a fantastic experience for anyone intending to take their studies of the subject further as well as preparing them for interviews that they might have in their application to get there. I'm am delighted that so many pupils have performed so well and they should all be proud of what they have achieved. To have George receive the highest award is a particular pleasure."


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 which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.  

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 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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