Prince William School

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Prince William School
Established Opened 1971 , Academy 2015
Type Academy
Headteacher Elizabeth Dormor
Location Herne Road
52°28′37″N 0°27′43″W / 52.47705°N 0.46189°W / 52.47705; -0.46189Coordinates: 52°28′37″N 0°27′43″W / 52.47705°N 0.46189°W / 52.47705; -0.46189
Local authority Northamptonshire
DfE URN 142063 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1150
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website School website
Map of the school with labels.

Prince William School is a secondary school and sixth form located in Oundle, Northamptonshire. The school was built in 1971 and named in honour of Prince William of Gloucester whose family home, Barnwell Manor, is a few miles away. Prince William was killed in an air crash less than a year after the school opened.

As of 2015, the school reopened as an academy. Following local transition to a two-tier school system in 2015 the school now provides education from year 7 all the way through to sixth form. The school serves as the main secondary school for much of East Northamptonshire with children coming from various villages and schools, the biggest feeder schools being Thrapston Primary School and Oundle CofE Primary School.


Prince William School itself is broken into different specialized blocks such as:

The Sutton Maths Department is located at the back of the school, near the soccer courts, the Drama studio and the Science Block.

The Science Department has two buildings, the large building in the centre of the campus is the main science block. Next to the main science building is the second, smaller L-shaped science building consisting of just 3 classrooms. The largest science block is the oldest, still containing ceilings made from Asbestos.

The Drama Studio is located behind the L-shaped science blocks. It is a dedicated room for the theatrical arts.

The Humanities Department is located in the rear of the campus. It is home to seven classrooms, in these rooms, Religious Education, History, Sociology and Geography are taught. It also consists of 3 temporary humanities classrooms (teaching Religious Education and History) in the new updated modular block building.

The Design Department is located nearby the Humanities block, as well as a Dance Studio, two Music Rooms and an ICT Suite. It is home to several different subjects related to design, which include, but are not limited to, Fine Arts, Textiles, Product Design, Food Technology and Resistant Materials. There is a new Applied Learning Centre built on the former tennis courts, which from 2017, became the new Sixth Form main working centre.

The English Department is located at the very front of the school, visible immediately after entering the campus, to the left.

The Languages Department is located on the floor above the English Department. It contains rooms L1 to L7 and a range of languages are taught here (French, Spanish, German).

The main staff room and PE blocks are currently located in the same building with the staff room on the floor above the PE block. An extension to the PE block (consisting of new changing rooms etc.) has been constructed.

As of April 2015, a petition was formed by a parent to call for a vote of no confidence in the Head Teacher and the Board of Governors. The petition was closed by the creator in May 2015 after assurances from the Head and Governors that the fears contained within it were unnecessary.[citation needed]

From September 2015, the school provided newer updated modular blocks, teaching a variety of subjects including Maths, English, Business Studies and Religious Studies.

In July 2016, the longest serving teacher of Prince William School, Mr Graham Snelling officially retired from the school after 41 years of dedicated teaching service.


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