The humanities at Oundle School are based in Cloisters, at the heart of the School. We offer a wide range of subjects, including Geography, History, Theology, Philosophy and Religion (TPR), and Classics. Our aim is to develop in our pupils a deep understanding of the human experience, both past and present.
These subjects help pupils to develop critical thinking skills, empathy, and a global perspective. They encourage pupils to think and learn for themselves, to ask challenging questions, and to communicate their ideas effectively.
The humanities are core subjects for all junior pupils, and are taught as individual subjects by subject specialists. We also offer a wide range of courses at GCSE and A Level, as well as a variety of enrichment opportunities, such as lectures, workshops, and trips. Our pupils achieve excellent results in their examinations, and many go on to study humanities subjects at top universities around the world.
Subjects taught here
Morwenna Chapman, Director of Teaching and Learning and Teacher of Geography
Our pupils are really intellectually curious and interested in the world around them – they want to contribute globally.
The eastern side of the Cloisters was built in 1763 and 1799 as accommodation for the Headmaster and pupils. The “Names of Pupils 1799” were inscribed in stone alongside the foundation stone. In 1880, plans by Mr Joseph Gwilt were begun to build the Cloisters, comprising a range of buildings forming a quadrangle with the original Old School House, and adding classrooms, a large hall, a library, museum and laboratory.