Oundle does not have a large endowment and fee income is rightly applied to educating and nurturing the children of today. We rely on a long-standing tradition of philanthropy to help us extend opportunities through Bursary funding, and to carry out vital developments. Every major facility from which pupils benefit today, including the Great Hall, the Chapel, the Cripps Library, the Adamson Centre, the Stahl Theatre, the Pickard Fives Courts, SciTec and the Patrick Engineering Centre, as well as the JM Mills Pavilion and most recently the new Sports Centre, has only been made possible through philanthropy of the Oundle community.
We are delighted that the new Sports Centre, and flagship of the School’s Sports MasterPlan is now complete; offering maximum flexibility in the provision of physical well-being activities for all, as well as supporting sport at a top competitive level.
The multi-functional space accommodates a new fifty metre swimming pool with a submersible boom and movable floor, an eight court hall offering adaptable playing space for a range of sports, as well as the opportunity for whole School assemblies through use of retractable bleacher seating. In addition there is a fully equipped fitness suite, a dedicated dance studio, three further multi-purpose studios and a café.
The Sports MasterPlan also includes the new athletics track, eight additional tennis courts, two new AstroTurfs and six additional netball courts; all complementing the award-winning JM Mills Cricket Pavilion which opened in 2015.Take a video tour
Completed in two phases from 2004 – 2016, the SciTec facility hosts world class laboratories in the Stringer Biology Department, as well as advanced, industry-standard technologies in the Patrick Engineering Centre. The development was made possible by nearly £8m in donations from OOs, parents and supporters, in addition to support from the Grocers’ Company and other institutional funders.
The J M Mills Pavilion commemorates Mike Mills’ astonishing 80 year involvement with the School, and was the flagship of the first phase of the Sports MasterPlan. It boasts four changing rooms, a dedicated scorebox, umpires’ facilities and a unique triangular tea-room and balcony with a view across the Main to St Peter’s Church spire. It was generously supported by the OO Club, over 100 cricketing OOs and many parents.
Occupying the former mathematics and science building opposite SciTec, the Adamson Centre was made possible by the legacy of Fred Adamson (D 37) and by other donations, including a Sony language laboratory. A beautiful, modern refurbishment meets the vernacular architecture seamlessly, and provides a stimulating environment for the study of Oundle’s broad range of modern languages.
Completely refurbished in 2011 thanks to over £500,000 in donations, the Cripps Library provides a welcoming and studious environment for individual pupils and classes. Its collection comprises over 24,000 books, alongside rooms for group study and presentations in the Dudley Heesom and Peter Ling Rooms, as well as the Rare Book Room.