“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.”
Deputy Head Partnerships and Outreach
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.”GORDON MONTGOMERY, DEPUTY HEAD PARTNERSHIPS AND OUTREACH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.