Scholarships are highly prized and awarded in recognition of proven talent or exceptional potential at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry.

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“What we are looking for in a Scholar is a love of their discipline and a sense of both humility and ambition."

Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head Quote mark

We offer a range of Entrance Scholarships at 11+, 13+ and 16+. All scholarships are won in open competition and are awarded solely on merit. They are highly prized, recognising not just honed skills and talents but also endeavour and potential. We look to our Scholars, who should join Oundle with great pride in their status, to provide intellectual and cultural leadership to their peers and in return, we offer dedicated programmes of opportunity and support to help them make the most of their talents.

No fee remission is attached to a Scholarship as we believe its integrity lies in its honorary capacity. All scholarships can, however, be underpinned by bursary assistance if the financial circumstances of an individual family necessitate it. All awards are conditional upon success in the entrance examinations and the tenure of any award depends upon continued satisfactory progress once in School.

11+ Scholarships

At 11+, we offer both Academic and Music Entrance Scholarships.

An invitation to sit the hour-long Academic Scholarship paper is based on performance in the entry examinations which take place in the January of Year 6. The paper contains extension questions in both Maths and English.

For Music, all registered candidates will be asked to indicate whether they wish to apply for an 11+ Music Scholarship when they are contacted in the autumn prior to the January entry examinations.

We recognise that children, especially at 11+, develop at different stages and once at Oundle, may go on to develop an enhanced level of confidence and skill relative to their year-group. All pupils joining at 11+ will therefore have further opportunities to be considered for Scholarships across the wider range of disciplines at 13+ and 16+.

13+ Scholarships

Our 13+ Scholarships reward distinctive ability or special talent in Academic, Art, Drama, Design Engineering and Technology (DET), Music and Sport. We also offer an Oundle Scholarship to reward talented candidates who have a genuine interest and ability in two or more of our Scholarship disciplines.

For those pupils applying to Oundle through the Common Entrance (CE) route, we encourage you to liaise with your child’s current school as formal applications are made via the Head of our Feeder Schools. We are, of course, always happy to advise and give information where appropriate.

For those pupils applying via the Oundle Entrance route, please contact the Deputy Head Admissions, Mr Anthony Burrows, for further information and to discuss your application.


16+ Scholarships

At 16+, we offer Entrance Scholarships in Academic, Art, Design Engineering Technology (DET), Music and Sport. All short listed candidates will be asked to indicate whether they wish to apply for a 16+ Scholarship when they are contacted in the September prior to the entry exams in November of Year 11.


Our range of brochures offers detailed information on each Scholarship discipline, including what we are looking for in a potential Scholar, our assessment criteria and our commitment to Scholars once at Oundle.

Design, Engineering & Technology Scholarships Sport Scholarships


Contact Us

For further details about scholarships, please contact:

The Admissions Office
Oundle School
The Great Hall
New Street

T: +44 (0)1832 277125

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