Oundle’s Outstanding Oxbridge Success
11th February 2016

Thirty pupils from Oundle School have received offers this year to Oxford and Cambridge, with the offers evenly split between the two universities. Twenty-four of these are conditional on A level and Pre-U results, with six former pupils receiving unconditional offers.

Among the offers was an organ scholarship at Lincoln College, Oxford. The number of successful applicants is higher than last year’s total of 27, and the highest since 2009.

The offers received were made across a pleasing range of subjects, with a number of modern linguists, scientists and English pupils once again successful.

The full break-down of subjects (which also includes Law, Classics, History, Veterinary Science and Medicine) reflects the wide-range of fields in which pupils impressed interviewers, and the success is testimony to the diligence of Oundle’s pupils and the dedication of their teachers. 

Head, Sarah Kerr-Dineen commented, “We are delighted for all those offered a place. The growth of the non-examined curriculum at Oundle in recent years has I believe further inspired independence of thought and intellectual ambition in all our pupils, and the higher number of Oxford and Cambridge offers is a reflection of this.”


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. 

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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