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Possibly the most academically selective of all the co-ed full-boarding schools. Busy music department has recently formed a partnership with the Royal College of Music, a huge nod to the very high standard of musicianship. Two thirds learn an instrument though far fewer perform. We dropped in on a couple of lessons to find pupils engaged and on task, aided by some inspirational teaching. Parents happy with school but not gushingly so; they choose Oundle because…

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Oundle considers itself one of the top co-educational boarding schools in the country. Academic standards are high with most pupils proceeding to top universities including about 25 to Oxbridge each year. Music, sport, art and drama are also practised and performed to a high level.The House system is central to the ethos of the School and includes dining in house. The School is spread across the very attractive small market town of Oundle. The catchment area is national (with over 120 different prep schools currently represented) and international with approximately 15% of pupils coming from overseas from over 25 different countries.
2016:Oundle is a great School. It values individuals and seeks to provide for its pupils an education that will guide them for life. It promotes aspiration, ambition and innovation at the same time as the healthy development of decent young people.”
Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head of Oundle School
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Classical Greek at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.





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Since 2015, Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen, previously warden of Forest School. Read English at Cambridge followed by postgraduate study at Oxford and NPQH. Taught at Open University, Kelly College (now Mount Kelly), Oxford High School (where she was an acting subject head) and St Edward’s Oxford (for 13 years - she was boarding housemistress and responsible for the pastoral care of 80 girls, then director of studies). She is married with four adult children and her interests include reading, walking, theatre and music.

Academic matters

Possibly the most academically selective of all the co-ed full-boarding schools. Results are good – 89 per cent A/A* at I/GCSE and 61 per cent A*/A at A level/Pre-U in 2016. Many end up with a mix of qualifications, depending on the subjects taken: Pre-U (linear, no modules), a more rigorous alternative...

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Special Education Needs

The Educational Support Department at Oundle School is staffed by four full-time and one part-time dedicated Educational Support teachers. The Department operates from a cottage very centrally placed near the Cloisters and the Library. We offer support to pupils with Specific Learning difficulties and to those for whom English is not their first language. As far as possible, pupils are not removed from the mainstream curriculum for Educational Support. Lessons therefore take place in the lunch hour or after school, or, for pupils in the Sixth Form, in study periods. Pupils for whom English is not their first language generally have EAL provision instead of a mainstream Modern Language. The Department is well-integrated into the life of the School, offering training sessions for whole year groups in revision skills and coursework management, as well as opt-in after school sessions in mind-mapping, study skills and curriculum support. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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