Pupils’ progress towards their goals is carefully overseen and supported by their teachers and their Tutors.

All subjects are examined as IGCSEs. Pupils sit examinations in Mathematics, English, three Sciences and at least one Modern Language along with five option subjects. All academic departments run a programme of after-hours Voluntaries for pupils who wish to discuss their work in further detail.

Education beyond Grades

Even at this crucial examined phase, an Oundle education goes beyond an excellent set of grades. We strive to ensure that pupils have ample opportunities to explore areas of personal intellectual interest. We want our pupils to succeed as independent learners, capable of thinking, questioning and debating, as well as being thoroughly prepared for the next stages of their education and the responsibilities of adult life.

Explore our Co-Curricular offering

When choosing their options, we encourage pupils to keep an open mind, and to consider all subjects and all possible subject combinations equally.  There is a careful path between where a pupil’s interest lies, a balance of subjects and the future implications of subject choices. A breath of subjects is likely to keep options open in future years when considering university and career options. 

In addition to the core curriculum subjects, five subjects, including at least one Modern Foreign Language, must be chosen from the following list:

ChineseGermanPhysical Education
ComputingGreek (classical)Religious Studies
Design and TechnologyHistoryRussian
Computer Science



GCSE Courses Booklet

Academic Surgeries

Pupils are encouraged to take charge of their learning, seek help when they need it, and value the assistance they are given. Departments offer Academic Surgeries on Tuesday afternoons, when all pupils are welcome to visit any subject department for specialised support to extend or clarify their understanding, or review work in progress.