We collaborate with numerous organisations, from schools to universities to industry, in order to develop partnerships for the benefit of all. Connections with other schools and a high degree of trust amongst our educational partners allows Oundle to share resources and expertise, ensuring that our practice remains among the best in our field. Partnerships with tertiary level institutions allow us to draw in additional expertise, with Oundle providing a regional base and local connections for university outreach programmes. We also draw on the knowledge and experience of our various communities including academics from leading universities, conservationists and international aid workers. These, alongside volunteers from our parent body, all add opportunities for our pupils to understand the world beyond Oundle.
As a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) hub, Oundle runs a successful training scheme in the shortage subjects of Maths, Physics and Modern Languages. Our subject-specific SCITTs are different from the traditional PGCE route, because trainees spend more time working in schools from the start, and study the educational theory (the PGCE part) alongside teaching in the classroom. Trainees receive weekly or fortnightly subject-specific training throughout the course from subject specialists, and build up their teaching very gradually. They spend their time on placement at two of our 30 partner schools in the area and experience teaching in both independent and maintained sectors.Read More About SCITT
On a professional front, we deliver the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Programme for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and recently qualified teachers (RQTs) in our region. By opening up our professional development programme to teachers from our partner schools, we have benefited from the engagement and expertise shared by over one hundred visiting teachers.
We have a unique partnership with Imperial College London and employ an Imperial College London Outreach Fellow who teaches Science both at Oundle and at our partner schools. Our Outreach Scientist role leads teacher development and many of our STEM outreach activities. We also have a valuable link with Swansea University, with students from the university’s Engineering department regularly visiting Oundle to share ideas and advise on pupils’ DET projects in the Patrick Engineering Centre. A further formal partnership with the Royal College of Music enables talented musicians from Oundle to work with professors and students for mutual benefit.
In 2018 we became a founding member of the Oundle, Peterborough and East Northants (OPEN) Learning Partnership. Alongside Laxton Junior School and four schools from the maintained sector (Thomas Deacon Academy, Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Prince William School and Oundle CE Primary School), the OPEN Learning Partnership aims to increase opportunity, raise aspirations and allow the sharing of best practice between schools. Through our connections with these schools, our pupils are able to develop a broader life experience and to be challenged by the skills and talents of those that they work alongside.
All such opportunities rely on connections with organisations and people across many different communities. We are privileged to work with many partnerships, establishing a high degree of trust and mutual benefit in striving to develop ‘global contributors’.
To find out more about the OPEN Learning Partnership, please contact Gordon Montgomery, Head of Partnerships.