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  • Oundle School
    Great Hall
    New Street
    Oundle
    Peterborough
    Northamptonshire
    PE8 4GH
  • Head: Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen
  • T 01832 277125
  • F 01832 277128
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.oundleschool.org.uk
  • Oundle School is an English independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 11 to 19, located in Oundle, Northamptonshire. It educates over 1,100 pupils and has been governed by the Worshipful Company of Grocers in the City of London since it was founded by Sir William Laxton in 1556.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Northamptonshire
  • Pupils: 1,114; sixth formers: 371
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £17,880 - £23,505; Boarding £27,885- £36,690 pa
  • Open days: September, January, May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Laxton Junior School

What says..

Oundle stands firm against the prevailing trend to dilute school boarding to a homeopathic version of its original self. There are no flexi, part-time or weekly options, it’s either boarding or day. The resulting consensus makes for a very stable, cohesive community...We are accustomed to the arms race of facilities in independent schools so it takes something very special to render us almost lost for words – 

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What the school says...

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 34 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)

Curricula

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

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2015, Sarah Kerr-Dineen MA (50s), previously warden of Forest School in London, is the first female head of Oundle. Seeing her name inscribed on the board outside the school’s entrance hall, coming after 450 years’ worth of (doubtless splendid) male heads, certainly gives one pause for thought. Mrs Kerr-Dineen was brought up in rural Sussex and educated entirely in the state sector. Both her parents were teachers and she describes herself as a bookish child, ‘I read whatever was put in front of me.’ After studying English at Cambridge, she went on to Oxford to begin research into the literary reception of the Elgin marbles for a DPhil. Marriage and children pressed pause on her studies (and we got the impression it definitely still is ‘pause’) and instead she took up a post...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
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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