Years of experience at Oundle has taught me that for our admissions approach to be effective, it must be about partnership and trust. We want what is right for each child and we work closely and honestly with both feeder schools and prospective families to achieve this.Anthony Burrows, Deputy Head, Admissions
Our Registrar, Jonny Hammond-Chambers, has been at Oundle for over fifteen years and has run both an academic department and a boys’ boarding House throughout this time. He is also a governor at two independent prep schools. Sarah Johnson, our Deputy Registrar, has worked in the music department for over twenty years and has been Housemistress of a girls’ House for the last eight years. She is also a governor of a prep school. They are supported by a team of staff who are the first point of contact for booking visits and general Admissions enquiries.
The department is led by Anthony Burrows, Deputy Head Admissions, who is directly responsible for bursary enquiries and all formal assessments for entry to Oundle. He has been at Oundle for more than twenty years, with over ten years spent running two separate boarding Houses and five years as a day Housemaster.
Oundle is a unique place, not least because of the charming market town from which the School takes its name. It is a place which embraces individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, talents and interests, united by a love of scholarship and aspiration.
There is no expectation that every pupil will be brilliant at every aspect of School life, or indeed, be able to involve himself or herself with absolutely everything on offer. Our emphasis is on balance, especially at the start of a child’s career at Oundle. It is important that pupils have time to breathe, time to reflect and time to adjust to a new School life. Our aim is that by the end of their time with us, every Oundelian will have led a busy, happy and fulfilled School life, keen to seek intellectual activity beyond the classroom and to engage in pursuits outside the confines of Oundle.
A love of learning is an aspiration for every one of our pupils and staff but there is no single set model of a successful Oundelian. We ask simply that pupils join us with an open, curious mind and an appetite to make the most of the opportunities available. We encourage aspiration, nurturing open minds, authentic self-belief and a sense of service. Our pupils are talented, aspirational and high achieving but also balanced, measured and down to earth. It is a source of pride to us that visitors often comment upon their “sense of purpose” as well as the feeling of mutual respect and affection that exists between staff and pupils.
Oundelians are curious, decent and understated young people. The children who thrive and who are happiest at Oundle are those who want to make the most of all the opportunities that an education with a full boarding ethos offers.Jonny Hammond Chambers, Registrar
Do peruse the Admissions pages for all the many ways in which to engage with us. We highly recommend that you visit us, both virtually and in person, not just to see the different physical aspects of the School but more importantly to meet the people who shape it. At all times, the Admissions Team is here to support you.
The Admissions Office
T: +44 (0)1832 277125