In mid-September, Lower Sixth Form representatives from all the boarding and day Houses at Oundle School put together a variety of games and stalls for the School’s annual Charities Fair.
Pupils chose a variety of charities to support, including Build Africa, Meningitis Now, The Vanessa Grant Girls School Trust, Bloodwise. ORBIS, and Cancer Research, with a total of just under £800 raised.
Head of Charities, Ian Clark commented, “The event provides an opportunity for fund and awareness raising and also helps new pupils to the School get a taste for philanthropic activities. Some stalls were just for fun (throwing or kicking rugby balls to score points and water balloon angry birds!) whilst others raised awareness of real issues.”
Pupil, Toby Acheson-Gray (16) commented, “Using a crazy golf set, our House raised money for Bloodwise (Registered charity 216032) as we have a good friend in School House whose sister was struggling with leukaemia for a number of years. Bloodwise was the charity that helped her through her treatment.”
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 2016, the School completed its ambitious SciTec project, uniting 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. The development includes the ground-breaking Patrick Engineering Centre, a new Mathematics department and an extension to its sixteen state-of-the-art Science laboratories. Oundle has now embarked on a detailed Sports MasterPlan which will significantly upgrade sporting facilities across the School by 2020, incorporating the building of a new Sports Centre housing a fifty metre swimming pool and an eight court sports hall.
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.