Oundle School is
delighted to have been recognised as a ‘Confucius
Classroom’ by Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International
which is a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry for
Education. The status is awarded by Hanban to schools outside of China that are good enough and ambitious
enough in Chinese teaching and learning.
Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters is
committed to providing Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and
services worldwide, meeting the demands of foreign Chinese learners and
contributing to the development of multiculturalism. IOE (Institute of Education) ‘Confucius
Classrooms’ are mainstream schools across England that both have
Chinese firmly embedded in their own curriculum and can give advice, support
and taster classes to other schools in their region that are looking to start
There are currently 37 IOE ‘Confucius Classrooms’ in a variety of
different English schools (both state-maintained and independent) which teach
pupils of all ages, from infant, age 4 through to sixth form college, age 18).
has offered Mandarin teaching since 1995 and was one of the first of very few
schools to do so. It started as an extra-curricular option and has developed
into a popular timetabled option to GCSE and Pre-U level. This year, 20 pupils
took GCSE Chinese, with 16 gaining an A* grade and 4 an A grade. At Pre U
level, 4 pupils gained an A grade and one pupil gained a B grade.
of Chinese, Hua Yan, commented, “We are
keen to share the expertise that we have developed over the last twenty years
and this will be one of our main requirements in our new role. There are very
few schools in the East Anglia region that offer any Chinese, none as far as we
know in Northamptonshire, so we would like to play a part in helping this to
approval process involved submission of an application to Hanban via the IOE
Confucius Institute in London. This came about after the visit of Mr Shen Yang,
Minister Counsellor for Education of the Chinese Embassy, to Oundle School in
March 2014, when he remarked that the School was a ‘hidden treasure’, and recommended that the School should apply to
be recognised as a ‘Confucius Classroom’.
already has experience of running a ‘Confucius
Classroom’ at his previous school in Darlington.
of Modern Languages, Sara Davidson commented, “We are delighted to have been recognised by Hanban as a school able to
do the title of ‘Confucius Classroom’ justice. We are keen to share the
expertise that we have developed over the last twenty years and this will be
one of our main requirements in our new role. Working in such state-of-the-art
surroundings is a source of inspiration and dynamism for both the teaching
staff and our pupils. Internationalism is
important to Oundle; today’s pupils will be competing for jobs in a highly
competitive and global world. Our aim is not only to be at the cutting edge of
teaching and learning, but ultimately to enable Oundelians to learn and
appreciate any language of their choosing.”
Oundle will benefit from visits from experienced
Chinese teachers from China each year, and free teaching resources in exchange
for promoting Chinese teaching in the region - giving
advice, support and taster classes to other schools in in East Anglia that are looking to start offering Chinese.
Hanban teacher, Shunyong
is expected to arrive at Oundle in late October.
information on Oundle’s Adamson Centre for Modern Languages
The opening of Oundle School’s Adamson Centre
in 2013 marked a new and exciting phase for the Modern Languages Department and
is the latest completed project in Oundle’s comprehensive and ongoing
development plan. A stunning blend of traditional architecture and contemporary glass
features, the Adamson Centre, formerly the Sir Peter Scott Building, has been
redesigned specifically with the teaching of foreign languages in mind. In
addition to welcoming over 900 pupils a week, the Centre will also provide a hub
of excellence within the wider community of teaching, with staff hosting
conferences and lectures to promote the development of languages.
The Modern Foreign Languages Department is one of the
largest in the School, with seven languages being timetabled: Arabic, Chinese,
French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. More pupils than ever are
learning two or more languages, with many more taking advantage of the breadth
of clubs, societies and lectures on offer outside the curriculum. A Level and
Pre-U results continue to rise; last summer saw pupils gain 45 A* and A grades
at A2, with 20 Oundelians going on to read one or more languages at university.
The building is named after major
benefactor and former pupil David
Frederic Dobell Adamson who left the School in 1937. He requested that “this bequest be used to improve facilities for and
give opportunities to students to learn to speak and communicate in foreign
The Adamson Centre facilities include:
Rooms: Each classroom
focuses on a single language and culture and is equipped with high quality
audio speakers, an interactive whiteboard and projector.
2 Sony Language
Laboratories: Two dedicated PC suites combine all the features of a
traditional laboratory with the latest multimedia technology, including Sony
Virtuoso language software.
Assistant Pods: Fully equipped with
touch screen computers, these modern glass fronted rooms are designated
specifically for conversation classes and oral examinations.
The Raymond Lee
International Suite: The centre-piece
and ‘hub’ of the Department, this Suite provides a perfect venue for language
conferences, films, lectures from visiting speakers and competitions. It is
equipped with the latest Skype technology, blu-ray cinema system, projector and
Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about
90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the
21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent,
School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School,
primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for
pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two
schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton
for the day House.
beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading
English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who
established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering
schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and
ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art
laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development
project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent
to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology
department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in
September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design,
Technology and Engineering both physically
and philosophically, enabling pupils to
move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the
achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will
upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years,
including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.
are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and
250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior
School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11.