The pupils in our care are at the heart of all that we do and every decision we make. The education we provide aims to develop in our pupils the skills, attitudes and habits of mind that will sustain them throughout a long life, enabling them to flourish both at School and beyond. This vision informs every element of the School’s leadership and practice.
Our criteria for success are not limited to what happens at School: we wish to support the intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional and social growth of our pupils, so that they may become happy, balanced contributors to society. We encourage aspiration and abhor arrogance, nurturing open minds, authentic self-belief and a sense of service.
We believe that boarding offers the best environment within which to realise these educational ambitions, with day pupils involved fully in the breadth offered by such an education.
We also believe in the intrinsic value of partnership and outreach to the various communities of which we form part.
Pupils are at the heart of what we value and central to every decision made.
We value the staff who contribute to the lives of our pupils in whatever capacity.
We value the opportunities that the School makes available both to pupils and to staff.
We value the various communities of which we form part, not least former pupils and parents.
We recognise the value of seeking the highest quality in all that we do.
"We value the staff who contribute to the lives of our pupils in whatever capacity. We value the opportunities that the School makes available both to pupils and to staff, as well as the various communities of which we form part, not least former pupils and parents. We also recognise the value of seeking the highest quality in all that we do."Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head of Oundle School
Promoting and safeguarding our pupils’ welfare is essential as we seek to empower them to thrive and to flourish, finding personal fulfilment through the various strands of their lives at School. We seek to support the development of resilience and self-esteem through their participation in a varied programme of enriching activities, celebrating diversity and encouraging individualism.
Oundle has long shown itself to be open to innovation and change, combining a strong and traditional educational model with new disciplines, techniques and facilities. The School’s ability and willingness to develop its delivery of an academic curriculum has been the defining measure of its success. The firm academic foundation that the School has built allows us to adopt and develop new approaches in pedagogy and technology. We aim to promote scholarship and research, and, in time, to position the School as a global leader of education.
We recognise that the journey through adolescence is seldom straightforward. An important part of our educational responsibility is therefore to enable our pupils to celebrate their growing maturity, as well as to come to terms with personal challenge. We want every pupil at Oundle to know that they are cared for. They should feel that they are listened to and that we are all working together towards a common goal, which is for them to thrive. All staff have a role to play in the pastoral care of the pupils.
The Co-curriculum is vital to the achievement of our broad educational vision as a School, and for this reason all pupils and all staff are involved in the teaching and learning opportunities it offers. Its span is broad, including Sport, Drama and Music but also wider opportunities for creativity, service and leadership.
Much of the School’s recent success has been built on a reliable and broad intake of pupils keen to make the most of the extensive educational opportunities available to them at Oundle. These opportunities extend beyond the academic curriculum and into character education through the co-curriculum.
We are committed to making a social impact beyond our own School and our own pupils as well as learning from our peers across the educational community. In addition we want to ensure that the community in which all our pupils grow up is diverse and socially representative. Our partnerships and outreach programme promotes these twin aims.
Oundle seeks to provide its pupils with a balanced view of the world around them, to which we hope they will become the global contributors of the future. We offer our pupils opportunities to meet people from backgrounds different to their own and to be challenged by others of similar ability and interest, through collaboration with a wide range of schools, universities and other organisations. We promote innovative links and breadth of ideas in order to enable our pupils to act with a confidence that comes from understanding.
In addition, we seek to make the transformative potential of an Oundle education available to children whose family situation would put this out of reach and set aside up to 10% of our income each year to provide bursaries, ranging from 10 to 100%+. We have for many years enjoyed a close relationship with Royal SpringBoard to enable access for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have in turn enriched the School they have joined.
The role of the Bursarial team is to support the vision of both Oundle School and Laxton Junior School. The pupils and their education guide all decisions. We aim to provide a world-class, inspiring environment in which the highest standard of education is delivered, instilling confidence in the School’s community by ensuring value for money and respect for the charitable funds we manage.