Oundle School

Type of school: Co-educational independent day/boarding school

Number of students: ~1,200 pupils

Age range: 11-18 years old

Oundle School is the largest boarding school in England after Eton and Millfield. The various school buildings which date from the 15th century are scattered around the market town, with the Cloisters acting as the nucleus of the school community.


It is situated in Oundle, Northamptonshire, England.


In 2015, 64% of the students have achieved grades A*/A at A-level, and 85% at GCSE standard. 26 students have been admitted to study at Oxbridge, and more than 40 students received places at Russell Group Universities. Students are required to choose 4 A-level subjects in total; it is a requirement of the School that each pupil takes at least three A levels or Pre-U subjects. English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory at (i)GCSE levels.


All pupils have a Tutor whom they will meet regularly. They are in charge of taking care of students' academic progress and school life. 

The Tutor is also a major point of contact between staff and parents.

Leading the team of Tutors and carrying overall responsibility for the pastoral care of the boys and girls is the Housemaster or Housemistress. Their role is diverse, from ensuring the environment of the House is safe and comfortable, to setting the tone and ethos necessary for good behaviour and successful community living, and encouraging every member of the House to develop their own talents whilst supporting and contributing to the endeavours of the House and School.


There are 8 boys' boarding house, 5 girls' boarding house and a day boarding house in Oundle. Each boarding house has a housemaster/housemistress and a matron, who is in charge of managing the domestic affairs of the House and to help look after the health and welfare of the boys and girls. 

Sports and culture:

Sport is highly valued and flourishes at Oundle. The School prides itself in its pursuit of sporting excellence and elite performance, competing in local, regional and national competitions across a wide range of sports and age groups.

Pupils participate in a minimum of three sports afternoons per week, and can train up to five times with their team on top of individual training programmes. The sports facilities in Oundle are outstanding; there are two sport halls catering for indoor sports, a well-equipped fitness suite and severeal extensive playing fields. Students have the option to choose sports they are interested in, including rugby, tennis, lacrosse, hockey and football.

At Oundle there is a thriving and buoyant culture of music-making in all styles led by an ethusiastic team fo 54 staff. There are orchestras, bands, chamber music and music theatres. Oundle has its own Music School with a range of practice rooms, teaching rooms, music library, technology suite and recording studio. Alternatively students have the option to excel in their art/drama skills at school, where performances are held every year and then.

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