Intellectual Curiosity in Madrid
24th November 2015

A group of Oundle School A level artists travelled to Madrid over the recent holiday to visit galleries and art exhibitions.

Lower Sixth Form (Year 12) pupil, Bella Cholmeley (16) commented, “Our hotel’s central location and bright interior instantly filled us with excitement for what we were going to see. Eating at typical Spanish restaurants with paella and churros on the menu we quickly settled into the European lifestyle.”

The first gallery the pupils visited was La Reina Sofia, with its huge red terrace looking out over the city and stone corridors that looked into the garden.

Bella added, “Our favourite piece as a group at La Reina Sofia was Picasso’s Guernica which it was incredible to see first-hand.”



On the second day, the group visited Real Academia de Bellas Artes and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza., where they enjoyed the sheer variety of pieces, which dated from the 13th to the 19th C. The trip ended with visits to see the amazing artworks at the Prado, and a return visit to Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza to go see the fascinating Edvard Munch exhibition.

Bella concluded, “We were very sad to leave after such an interesting few days that were so full of culture. Although the food was delicious and it was nice not to be freezing, the best aspect of the visit was undoubtedly the art, which was completely captivating.”

Art teacher and trip organiser, Michael Case added, “Pupils were on terrific form throughout the trip and I was delighted with the intellectual curiosity they showed. They were also such good company. This was a thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable trip.”


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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