“Oundle is founded on philanthropy and we profoundly value the ethos of giving, whether it be educating pupils in the importance of contributing to the wider society of which they are part or, more fundamentally, enabling access to such an education.”Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head of Oundle School
We are proud that over one hundred pupils at Oundle are supported with bursaries and we are continually working to increase our Bursary Endowment Fund.
We are committed to offering a broad range of means-tested financial support, both for new pupils and for those families who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances part way through their child’s education, often through no fault of their own. We also have a Bursary Scheme which seeks to provide opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are identified as being particularly likely to benefit from a boarding education.
Bursaries vary in size according to circumstance; it may be that a ten percent remission makes all the difference to a family, whilst others may require 100 percent or more to ensure a pupil does not miss out on the broad range of co-curricular opportunities Oundle offers. Whilst a pupil must comfortably satisfy the academic entry requirements, bursaries are not solely dependent on scholastic merit. Priority is given to those who are likely to gain most from an Oundle education and who will contribute fully to the life of the School.
Parents who feel that they may need the support of a bursary are encouraged to discuss the matter with School, through the Admissions Office in the first instance, well in advance of the due date of entry. Decisions regarding bursary assistance are made approximately two years ahead of entry and confidentiality is assured every step of the way. Judgements are dependent on a supporting reference from a previous school, an informal interview and on analysis of a family’s financial circumstances.
Bursaries are funded annually
Average fee remission
Annual value of bursaries
"I was a bursary recipient and remain hugely indebted to this wonderful gift that I was offered. I firmly believe that without it, I would not have had such significant opportunities in my life after School. Knowing how privileged I was has directed my own career, and I now teach in order to help young people understand how to make the most of all the opportunities they are given."Gayle Russell (L 05)
We recommend all serious prospective families come and visit Oundle, virtually and in person, to gain an insight into our community and the beautiful market town that we are part of.