The Life of Learning ethos extends across all departments and year groups, introducing all Oundle pupils to cultural experiences and ideas that have the potential to shape their lives, and encouraging them to consider varying views on critical world issues of political, ethical or spiritual importance.

This process begins with a programme of reading in the First and Second Forms where pupils are given a dedicated period in the timetable to read and record their thoughts, and continues within the curriculum in the Third Form Trivium and the Lower Sixth Form Quadrivium courses, which are cross-curricular explorations of widely expansive topics designed to stimulate pupils’ curiosity about all things “interesting”. Many Sixth Form pupils complete the Extended Project Qualification which provides an invaluable opportunity to follow a rigorous programme of independent research.

The Debating and Public Speaking Society engages pupils across all year groups, training them to hone their critical thinking and learn to respond flexibly, articulately and persuasively, and view questions from a variety of standpoints. They discover teamwork skills and the art of listening as they develop confidence both in presenting a case and in responding to counter arguments.

Each academic department has its own Society which organises evening talks led by an impressive range of visiting speakers who address ideas and issues within and beyond the curriculum, while a rolling programme of 15 minute afternoon assemblies for each year group is led by members of the Common Room who share their own ideas and thoughts for pupils to take away. 

Mr S Jessop
Head of Life of Learning