Age Range
11 to 18
Nearest Airport
School Type
Fees - Day
Fees - Full


Oundle School is one of the leading UK Boarding School for co-ed students and day school for pupils between 11-18 years old. 130 kilometres north of London, this school is located in a classic English market in the town of Oundle. With 7th up to the 21st-century buildings scattered around the town, it gives off a one of a kind and lively town-based campus vibe.

The Beginning

It is said that the beginning of Oundle School can be dated back to 1556 when a strong partnership between Oundle and the Grocer’s Company of London started. At the early part of the 20th century, Oundle’s renowned headmaster F W Sanderson paved the way for this school to be on the top of the list of leading English public schools. He secured the school’s stature as one of the best engineering and science schools, a reputation that is still apparent until now.
SciTec opened its doors in 2007 showcasing 16 modern laboratory facilities. The second part of the SciTec project opened last September 2016 which connects the STEM subjects with enhanced Design, Technology and Engineering facilities and Mathematics department both in theory and in practice. Oundle School will eventually embark on a Sports Masterplan. As the third largest boarding school and day school in England with 860 boarders and 250 day-students, this school is well known for its full boarding atmosphere and time-honored British education. Oundle is not only attractive to students from the UK but is as equally appealing to aspirants from all over the world. In fact, 10% of its students are from over 20 countries abroad.

Oundle Atmosphere

Oundle’s greatest asset is its community and the good relationships between students and staff. It follows the House System where each student is part of a boarding or a day house. It is through this environment that students learn to be more confident and purposeful that enables them to reach their dreams and potentials on a larger platform. Each house is composed of 60 boys or girls and is governed by a housemaster or a housemistress aided by a group of resident staff. On top of the senior boarding houses, there is also a mixed junior house for students joining at 11-12+ years old.

Renowned for Greatness

Oundle School is a UK boarding school that is globally renowned for its excellence in academics, music, and sports. Its superb academic record coupled with impressive values catapults the students beyond examinations. 15-20 students would annually move on to great universities like Oxford and Cambridge and many more landing spots at top Russell Group Universities. Twenty-eight disciplines are given in the Sixth Form at A-level or Pre-U quality. Seven languages are being taught including Arabic and Mandarin. Majority of the students are into music, taking advantage of the school’s partnership with the Royal College of Music in London. Major sports for boys being rugby, cricket, soccer, hockey and rowing, and, for girls, hockey, netball, rounders, rowing, and tennis are available because Sports is considered an important part of Oundle education. There are a wide array of choices of extracurricular activities to choose from.

Entrance Requirements: 

Entry at 11+ Boarding Pupils Entry into The Berrystead is by written examination in January before entry in September, with papers in Mathematics, English and Science and an online Cognitive Abilities test. Papers are normally sat at Oundle, with candidates staying overnight, and also having an informal interview. Day Pupils Assessment for entry into Scott House takes the form of an online Cognitive Abilities test sat in November prior to entry in September, with places being offered, or an invitation for candidates to take entry papers in January. Entry papers are in Mathematics, English and Science. In addition, 11+ scholarship candidates sit an extended Mathematics and English paper. Entry at 13+ The majority of applicants sit the Common Entrance examination in the June before entry in September. A number of candidates enter by Oundle's own entrance tests, which are taken at Oundle in the January preceding entry. In addition to papers in Mathematics, English, Science and French, applicants take the School’s Ability Test and have an informal interview. Entry into the Sixth Form Entry is by competition, because Oundle takes in relatively few pupils at this level (approximately twelve boys and five girls in a typical year). The minimum entry requirement is at least three GCSE subjects at Grade A, and three subjects at Grade B or better, including passes in English Language, Mathematics, a Science and a language. In practice we would expect most successful candidates to have achieved Grade A or A* in most subjects. Applicants are normally invited to an assessment weekend in November. Registration We ask families interested in admission to the School to register via the registration form included with the Prospectus package. A non-returnable fee of £250 is payable on registration.

Scholarships & Bursaries: 

Scholarships are numerous and highly prized but modest in value. They are awarded in recognition of proven talent. Scholarships currently exist to recognise distinctive academic ability or special talent in Art, Drama, Music, Sports and Technology. A significant number of General Scholarships are offered to reward all-round talent and leadership. All scholarships are won in open competition and are awarded solely on merit. Scholars are expected to provide the School with intellectual and cultural leadership. All scholarships are underpinned by bursary assistance if the financial circumstances of the individual family necessitate it.
All awards are conditional upon success in the entrance examinations. When candidates stay in Oundle for assessment the Head makes herself responsible for their care. Awards shown are percentages of Oundle fees. Tenure of any award depends upon continued satisfactory progress. The School reserves the right to vary the number and value of awards according to the strength of applications.
Financial help towards the payment of fees in cases of proven need is available in some instances. This assistance is available in the form of bursaries which vary in size according to circumstance; some may be as high as 100%. Bursaries are not dependent on scholastic merit but are awarded to pupils who are likely to gain most from an Oundle education and who will contribute fully to the life of the School. The pupils in question must satisfy the academic entry requirements and continue to work to capacity as they progress through the School. Parents who feel that they may need the support of a bursary are encouraged to discuss the matter with the School well in advance of the due date of entry. Decisions regarding bursary assistance are made approximately two years ahead of entry. Judgements are dependent on a supporting reference from a previous school, an informal interview and on scrutiny of the financial circumstances.

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By Road:
Oundle is only eight miles from the A1 and five miles from the A14, making it easily accessible from all of the UK road networks. Sports pitches and facilities are shown on the second page of the School map, which can can be downloaded via the link at the bottom of the page.
For SatNav:
Parking for Great Hall: postcode PE8 4GH.
Park at the Sports Centre on Milton Road for the athletics track, tennis, netball, swimming pool, and Two Acre Club: postcode PE8 4AQ.
Park on the "Bursar's Paddock" off Pavilion Drive by the Health Centre for cricket, rugby, and the hockey Astroturfs: postcode PE8 4PS.
From the A1:
Leave the A1 at Junction 17 to join the A605 (signposted Oundle, Corby). Travel for approximately 7 miles and at the third roundabout take the third exit onto the A427 into Oundle. On reaching the Town Centre, turn right by the war memorial into New Street. The Great Hall is 150 metres on the left.
From the A14:
Leave the A14 at Thrapston to join the A605 (signposted Oundle). Travel for approximately 8 miles and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A427 into Oundle. On reaching the Town Centre, turn right by the war memorial into New Street. The Great Hall is 150 metres on the left.
By Air:
All the major airports are within easy reach of Oundle via the UK motorway network. Journey times from the airports by road to Oundle are: East Midlands - 90 minutes, Birmingham - 80 minutes, Luton - 80 minutes, Stansted - 90 minutes, Heathrow - 2 hours, and Gatwick - 2 hours 30 minutes. All have regular scheduled flights to the UK, to Europe and to International destinations.
By Rail:
Peterborough is the nearest mainline station and has extensive direct links to all parts of England and Scotland. Journey times by train are: London - 45 minutes, York - 1 hour 15 minutes, Newcastle - 2 hours 15 minutes, and Edinburgh - 3 hours 45 minutes. Peterborough is only 20 minutes by taxi from Oundle.

Fees are payable in advance before the beginning of the Michaelmas, Lent and Summer Terms.
First Form (Year 7): £27,885 per annum
Second Form (Year 8): £32,355 per annum
Third Form to Upper Sixth (Years 9 to 13): £36,690 per annum
First Form (Year 7): £17,880 per annum
Second Form (Year 8): £20,730 per annum
Third Form to Upper Sixth (Years 9 to 13): £23,505 per annum

Oundle School plays host to a wide variety of residential groups during the summer and Easter holidays including language schools, academic, sports and music groups.
Our current clients include Exsportise, the British English Olympics, and the Grand Union Youth Orchestra.
The School has also hosted the National Schools Netball Finals, been a training centre for the U18 England Basketball Team and is the venue of choice for the ESSA Water Polo Finals.
Organisations wishing to set up residential schools and training camps can benefit from the School’s wide range of recreational facilities including extensive playing fields and comprehensively equipped sports halls that cater for indoor sports such as climbing, basketball, fencing and volleyball. There are also five squash courts, two floodlit Astro pitches, nine hard tennis courts and a 43.5m swimming pool.
The School can also offer facilities for music, drama and theatre production, using either the Stahl Theatre or Great Hall, which are both within easy walking distance of the town’s market square. The Stahl Theatre is purpose-designed to professional standards, located in an old chapel. It is an ideal venue for a comprehensive drama course that includes constructing and painting sets, stage management, costumes, make-up, lighting and sound, as well as acting and directing.
The thirteen senior boarding houses can each accommodate between sixty and sixty-five students providing a wide range of flexible accommodation for residential guests. In addition, our junior house, The Berrystead can accommodate smaller groups of up to forty-two.
Accommodation is bright and cheerful with a number of individual rooms and small dormitories sleeping up to six, all with shared facilities. Full catering is provided in the School’s refectory and 2 Acre dining rooms, with varied menus to suit every level of request.
Special interest courses can also be accommodated in subjects such as Languages, IT, Music, Sciences and Design Technology utilising other specialist areas of the School.

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