A City of Many Delights
12th December 2017

Over the October half term a group of budding Oundle School artists and historians travelled to Amsterdam.

Pupils, George Elborne (18) and Flora Kilpatrick (18) commented, “Amsterdam is a city of many delights and our visit began being treated to a tour of the old city from the comfort of a canal boat, after which we had hoped to see the grandeur of Amsterdam’s sunset-lit Royal Palace, only to be disappointed by a child’s fun-fair blocking the view!”

The next morning, the group were given time to sketch the beautiful Vondelpark, although we somewhat impeded by hordes of runners taking part in the annual marathon through the park. Later, they visited the infamous hiding place of Anne Frank; a sombre experience. However visiting Rembrandt’s house raised their spirits as they were able to understand, and dissect his works (ably assisted by audio-guides).

George and Flora added, “The penultimate museum visited, to whet our appetites for the Titan that was the Rijksmuseum, was the Van-Gogh museum; a wonderfully curated place.

The final day of assimilating the art of Amsterdam art took place in the Rijksmuseum and standing in the entrance, it felt like we had bitten off more than we could chew trying to see it all in just one day.  All twenty six of the group scattered for six hours of artistic time travel, and came out the other end blown away; everyone had their stories to tell of artworks they had discovered, from triptychs to Halo-esque canons (it’s a video game).”


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.


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