First, Second and Third Form
We consider it important for our curriculum to be balanced, rigorous and stimulating. We foster an academic culture and the love of learning amongst our most junior pupils, so that this is maintained and developed through their time at Oundle. We set them up as independent learners and thinkers from the outset, encouraging them to read widely, to enquire, discuss and debate. We realise that the embedding of key academic skills are as important as the collection of factual information.
The Oundle curriculum begins with an intake of around sixty pupils into the First Form at age 11.
In the First Form, a heavy weighting is given to the traditional disciplines: English, Mathematics, Science, Latin and French. Pupils also study the Humanities (History, Geography and RS), the Arts (Music, Art, Design Technology and Drama) as well as the essential skills involved in PE. The curriculum retains a similar approach in the Second Form, though pupils are able to start either German or Greek at this stage. A cross-culture at the end of the year gives pupils the opportunity to examine the links between subjects, as well as to further their knowledge and enthusiasm in a range of academic disciplines.
There is a larger entry into the Third Form at age 13. Boys and girls enter from a variety of prep schools, and the total number of pupils in the year group rises to around 200. The main ethos of the curriculum is maintained from the First and Second Form, though the Third Form offers greater scope for choice; Spanish and Chinese are offered as new language options in addition to French, German, Greek and Latin, and the pupils may choose between Performance Arts (including elements of Drama, Music and PE) and Computing and Electronics. The Third Form also provides a foundation for the GCSE courses that begin in earnest the following year.