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Oundle School

School rating 4.7 / 5 by

Great Hall Peterborough Northamptonshire PE8 4GH United Kingdom
Boarding
4th to 12th
Day
4th to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

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The teachers at Oundle School really are very good. The class sizes are small meaning if you have any problems it is easy to get help. Possibly best of all is the fact that the teachers are willing and ready to see pupils outside of school 1 on 1 for extra help. After school you could go into plenty of departments and there would be teachers there ready to help you with your problems. Oundle's strength is its academic prowess, and very rarely will a teacher just stick to the syllabus or teach you to just pass exams. You find yourself incredibly stimulated by the lessons. I've found, now that I'm at University, I'm able to answer many questions other students can't because my ability to think and learn outside of exam criteria. I didn't take history to A-level but I had many friends that did and would tell you that the teaching in that department is outstanding and inspiring. I loved the biology department and found it absolutely catered to my needs, and the teaching was marvelous. I always looked forward to Biology with Dr. Rowe. On Fridays in the last year at Oundle, we had a 'General Studies' session. This involved many famous and renowned speakers talking to us on all sorts of subjects. This ranged from MI5(British equivalent of CIA) to Hypnosis. All were interesting and helped me become a more rounded individual. Careers advice was widely available with plenty of programs helping you to go to university in the US or the rest of the world. I even returned to Oundle after I had left for help with my University application. You really got the feeling that the teachers wanted you, personally, to do well at everything you set your mind to.

College Counseling

We first discussed University applications in the Lower 6th (16-17 years old) It felt appropriate....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The common entrance exam is what I took to gain entry to Oundle. I scored....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

My house at school was brilliant. I enjoyed the company of my fellow housemates as well as the tutors that ran the house. That is not to say I had an easy time always, but whenever there were difficulties things got dealt with professionally and quickly. The quality of the accommodation was great, the dorms were a lot of fun, but in the upper years you would have your own room, which felt appropriate. The washrooms were always kept very clean and were spacious and private as possible. The food was to a good standard, even if chips were served....

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