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Living in Oundle: The Local Area Guide
Sitting next to the lazy River Nene is Oundle, an ancient market town that has existed in some form or another since the Iron Age. The small town is home to a number of beautiful historic buildings, all of which add charm and character to the town. The mighty Fotheringhay Castle used to stand 3.5miles to the north of Oundle and was the place where Mary, Queen of Scots met her unfortunate end. Her ghost is now thought to haunt the Talbot Hotel in Oundle, one of the town's oldest buildings. Another one of Oundle's claims to fame is the fact that the World Conker Championships are held in Ashton, the small village that lies on the opposite bank of the River Nene. The Championships have been held here since 1965.
The 2011 Census recorded that slightly more than 5,700 people live in Oundle - representing a growth of around 500 people in the 10 years since the 2001 Census was conducted. Oundle's proximity to the city of Peterborough (it is only a short, 20-minute drive away) mean that residents are exposed to a much greater number of employment opportunities. This helps to make the town a great place for young professionals who might be looking to start a family, but want to avoid bringing their children up in a city environment.
Parents with young children who are considering making the move to Oundle will obviously be interested in the availability of schooling in the area. For children at the primary level, parents can choose between two schools - one state-run school and one independent school. The state-funded Oundle Church of England Primary School currently educates 268 children and was awarded an Ofsted grade of 'Outstanding' in 2011. The school only teaches pupils up to Year 4, so it is likely that students will transfer to Oundle and King's Cliffe Middle School at that point. The independent school in Oundle is Laxton Junior School, which is currently attended by 259 pupils.
The aforementioned Oundle and King's Cliffe Middle School currently has 541 children between the ages of 9 and 13 enrolled. The school sits just below the national average for the number of students achieving Level 4 in maths, writing and reading by the age of 11. Ofsted rated the school as 'Requiring improvement' during its last visit.
At the secondary level, parents will again be able to choose between an independent school and a state-funded school. Oundle School is the independent option and has been in operation since the year 1556 after it evolved out of Laxton Grammar School. Interestingly, there has been a grammar school in Oundle since at least 1465. There are 1,100 students attending Oundle School, most of which are boarders. Prince William School is the slightly smaller state school, with just over 1,000 pupils enrolled. It was identified as 'Requiring improvement' by Ofsted.
Oundle sits on the path of a number of bus routes that run between the neighbouring areas of Thrapston and Peterborough. These include the 23, 24 and X4 buses that run at regular intervals throughout the week. While these buses are available, it comes as little surprise that the majority of Oundle's households own at least one car. The A605 runs past Oundle and connects the town with nearby Peterborough. The nearest train stations are in Corby and Peterborough.
Amenities and shopping
While Oundle's high street may be incredibly picturesque, residents may find it to be rather limited when it comes to buying anything other than those essential household items. Luckily, Peterborough is only a short drive away and offers much more in the way of choice. The Queensgate Shopping Centre boasts more than 90 stores - including River Island, Next and Pandora. When it comes to food shopping, residents will be able to choose between a Tesco Express, a Co-operative and a newly built Waitrose for keeping their cupboards stocked.
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