“Seeking to make the maximum impact with the resources we possess and engaging with the communities around us, particularly children and the schools which serve them, is a natural part of our fabric.”

Gordon Montgomery

Deputy Head Partnerships and Outreach

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We collaborate with numerous organisations, from schools to universities to industry, in order to develop partnerships for the benefit of all. Our connections with other schools and a high degree of trust amongst our educational partners enable us to share resources and expertise, ensuring that our practice remains among the best in our field. Our partnerships with tertiary level institutions enable us to draw in additional expertise, with Oundle providing a regional base and local connections for university outreach programmes. We also draw on the knowledge and experience of our various communities including academics from leading universities, conservationists and international aid workers.

“Education is a social enterprise, schools do not stand alone but as part of a local community. We have a role to play in that community and a responsibility to help bring along the next generation. Our partnership work is driven by the genuine desire to share, collaborate and learn from and with the people in our partner schools. For Oundelians, the opportunity to mix with, and be challenged by, capable young people from different schools and backgrounds, is hugely beneficial to their understanding of the world around them and their place within it.”

Community Action (CA)

Our CA programme puts our pupils at the heart of our local neighbourhood and services, empowering them to engage and build a stronger, more connected place to live and study. 350+ pupils and 50+ staff are involved in 75+ activities and local organisations.

Our community

Induction Programme

We deliver the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Programme for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and recently qualified teachers (RQTs) in our region. By opening up our professional development programme to teachers from our partner schools, we have benefited from the engagement and expertise shared by over one hundred visiting teachers.

SCITT Teacher Training

We run a successful School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) scheme for graduates and career changers in the shortage subjects of Maths and Physics as well as Modern Languages. Trainees teach on placements at two of our 30 partner schools; one independent and one state.


Higher Education Partnerships

We are proud of our connections with tertiary level institutions, enabling us to draw in additional expertise which can benefit both Oundle School and our partners.

Higher Education Partnerships

School Partnerships

Our work as a partnership of schools is driven by the genuine desire to share, collaborate and learn from and with one another. For a partnership to be effective, there needs to be real purpose and impact.

School Partnerships


These include: 

  • Regular Saturday Science events for families and talks that are open to pupils and their parents from all schools
  • The OPEN STEM Festival in July for over 3,000 local pupils, with expertise offered from our partner universities (Imperial College London and Swansea University), partner schools and visiting guests from industry
  • STEM Potential (in partnership with Imperial College London) – a subject support and enrichment programme for capable pupils aged 15-18, focused on entrance to leading universities
  • Mathematical Enrichment Conferences for pupils and teachers 
  • Debating development opportunities
  • Gifted and Talented Science day for primary schools 
  • STEM Challenges with Thomas Deacon Academy 
  • A Greenpower Engineering Project focusing on creating electric vehicles
  • Science Residential Programme – a three day residential summer school for disadvantaged children from Kettering, Peterborough and Steyning
  • Joint Art Exhibitions with local schools 
  • Joint careers and university preparation courses.

Find out more

To find out more about any of our partnership work, please contact Gordon Montgomery, Deputy Head Partnerships and Outreach.