Oundle School pupil, Archie Parkinson (14) has had a very successful athletics season which sees him currently ranked 3rd nationally for 3000 metres and 16th nationally for 1500 metres at U15 level.
At the recent open meeting at Watford, Archie secured his placing for 3000 metres with a time of 8:53.17, the 9th fastest recorded time in the UK at U15 level.
Archie, who has enjoyed running for seven years, is a member of Corby Athletics Club.
Over the summer, Archie won the County Schools 1500 metres, came 2nd in the Mason Trophy and broke a club record competing in the English Schools event where he was placed 11th. He also won the U15 County 3000m, the U15 Midlands 3000m Championships, and came 3rd in the U5 National 3000m Championships. Archie’s PB of 4:12.71 in 1500 metres knocked sixteen seconds off the Oundle School record.
Archie commented, “I am very pleased with my success so far and I hope that I can expand on it in the next few years, with the aim of one day competing for Great Britain.”
Over the next few weeks, Archie will be racing in the British Cross Challenges, a series of national cross country races in Milton Keynes and either Liverpool or Cardiff.
Head of Athletics, Ros Goatly commented, “This has been an outstanding season for Archie and fully deserved. He has worked hard alongside his coach Bill Boyd and has proved that he has the maturity and ability to compete with the very best in the country. He is an excellent role model and has been able to balance his school and sports commitments admirably.”
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 2016, the School completed its ambitious SciTec project, uniting 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. The development includes the ground-breaking Patrick Engineering Centre, a new Mathematics department and an extension to its sixteen state-of-the-art Science laboratories. Oundle has now embarked on a detailed Sports MasterPlan which will significantly upgrade sporting facilities across the School by 2020, incorporating the building of a new Sports Centre housing a fifty metre swimming pool and an eight court sports hall.
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.