Four Fifth Form (Year 11) badminton players from Oundle School’s badminton club became School Games county badminton champions on Thursday 25th February, playing in the first group round against three other schools.
Winning nine out of their ten games in this round, the boys, Tech Chow Cheah (16), Sam To (15), James Clayton (16) and Yatlong Tse (16) now progress to the finals where they will play the winners of the other groups.
Head of Badminton, Rob Cunniffe commented, “We won the first set of games against Northampton School for Boys (5-0). Caroline Chisholm School, the other finalists, also beat NSB, so it all came down to our final game against Caroline Chisholm School who were defending champions and boasted three county players in their team.”
TC Cheah won his first singles match comfortably dominating his opponent, effortlessly moving him around the court and forcing errors, meanwhile James Clayton was having a much more difficult singles game eventually narrowly losing. The doubles games were hard fought too, with Sam To and Yatlong Tse winning a close encounter before TC and Yatlong won comfortably and James redeemed himself winning well with Sam to give an overall score of 4-1.
The next round will be in Loughborough on 22nd March and a win there would qualify Oundle for the National Final at Badminton England at Milton Keynes.
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle 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, its campus.
The 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.
At the 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 which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 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.