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, has only been made possible through philanthropy of the Oundle community.
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 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 Clive Jacques Rare Book Room.
The new facilities will support sport at a top competitive level whilst catering for a multitude of sports and leisure activities at all levels. This multifaceted, multifunctional sports development will offer maximum flexibility in the provision of sport and physical well-being activities, whilst enhancing the experience of all users, including visitors.
Dual use has been factored into the development to ensure that there will be year round community and sports club access to the new facilities. The plans include a new sports centre which will accommodate a new fifty metre swimming pool, 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, a separate fitness suite with seventy stations, a dedicated dance studio and three further multipurpose studios.
The Sports MasterPlan also includes a 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.
"The Sports MasterPlan gives us a rare opportunity to resource a modern, thoughtful vision of sport as part of an education which informs our pupils’ lives long after they have left."Sarah Kerr-Dineen
If you are interested in supporting the future of sport at Oundle, or would like further information on this exciting project, please contact:
Director of Development
T: 01832 277293