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Oundle STEM Potential is the sister programme to STEM Potential, one of Imperial's outreach programmes which has been running since 2014. 

Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Due to the challenges associated with the pandemic, we will continue to provide STEM support through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

Enrolment for our programmes will continue as usual but there will be no face to face or on-campus visits until it is deemed safe to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants. Please contact the programme manager if you have any questions or concerns and check the website for updated information.


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At a glance

  • Non-residential
  • For students in the East Midlands (Oundle STEM Potential), and students near Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury STEM Potential) from backgrounds under-represented in higher education looking to study STEM at university
  • Applications close on 14 June 2021 at midnight. 

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About Oundle STEM Potential 

Oundle STEM Potential is one of a number of opportunities offered via the College’s Outreach Hub, based at Oundle School, to students in the East Midlands. Both Oundle School and the College are members of the Oundle, Peterborough and East Northants (OPEN) Learning Partnership and each year several thousand young people connect with Imperial College London staff and researchers through a range of online and in-person events hosted by this regional partnership.

Events and activities at the OPEN Learning Partnership Outreach Hub include:

  • STEM Potential (Years 10-13)
  • STEM Resource Library (any maintained school)
  • Physics Teacher Training
  • Summer STEM Festival (first week of July)
  • STEM Residentials
  • Science Clubs

Oundle STEM Potential is a multi-year programme of activities and support for young people in the East Midlands area working with schools in Kettering, Corby, Oundle and Peterborough. Delivered by Oundle School, and supported by Imperial College London, the programme will help you discover the wide range of subjects within STEM studies and aid your progression to university.


The programme has entry points at Y10 and Y12 of your studies and the programme is designed to support you at the relevant point of your school studies. Please see the sections below for more information on each stage of the programme.

NEW: Shrewsbury STEM Potential 

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A new STEM Potential centre has also opened at Shrewsbury School offering the same programme as that offered at Oundle School. Shrewsbury STEM Potential is accepting applications for Year 10 only. Applicants for the programme in the Shrewsbury area can apply using the same system as that outlined below.

What does Oundle STEM Potential involve?

Oundle STEM Potential takes place over two or four years of your school studies, and during your time on the programme, you will attend five days of events each academic year at Oundle School. These will include subject focused sessions, university preparation workshops, taster events and lectures.

During 2021-22, we will monitor the Covid-19 pandemic and where possible we will utilise a hybrid approach to delivering the programme; providing a combination of online and on-site events and activities.

Prospective applicant information

General information

Applications for Oundle STEM Potential and Shrewsbury STEM Potential are now open. Applications close at midnight on 14 June 2021. 

In its first years, Oundle STEM Potential has been developed in partnership with Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Prince William School and Thomas Deacon Academy, but the programme is open for applications from pupils from any maintained school in the Kettering, Corby, Oundle and Peterborough areas.


Please note that Imperial’s STEM Potential Programme opens for applications in the autumn term. Interested applicants from outside of Oundle STEM Potential’s local area should sign up to the Outreach newsletter for further information on this programme.

Programme schedule – 2021/22 cohort

We run five events on average for each year group. These events take place on Saturdays and during school holiday periods typically running from the morning into early afternoon. Our events will include a week-long non-residential summer school for Y10 and Y12 students. In addition to this, we run evening online revision support sessions. The first event will take place on Saturday 25 September 2021. 

Am I eligible to apply?

Please read the Outreach programme eligibility before you apply.

In addition to meeting the Outreach eligibility criteria, you must also meet the following programme specific criteria:

  • Be in Y9 or Y11 at the time of application
  • Be studying Maths (compulsory) and at least one science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) if you apply during Y12
  • Live or attend school in the Kettering, Corby, Oundle and Peterborough areas.
  • Be able and willing to travel to Oundle school for the scheduled programme dates

We recommend that you use our Eligibility Checker tool to see if you are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

Applications for Oundle STEM Potential and Shrewsbury STEM Potential are now open. Applications close at midnight on 14 June 2021. 

Applications are made through Aspire (Imperial College London’s programme application system). You must first create an account before completing an application.

Please note: We recommend you use a personal email address, as opposed to a school email address, when creating an Aspire account. Security settings used in some school email servers will prevent you from receiving emails from Aspire.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide details for a parent/guardian and a teacher. Both your parent/guardian and your teacher will be contacted to provide a supporting reference and verify some of the information you provide. These references must be received by 18 June 2021. You will be informed of the outcome of your application by 25 June 2021.

We will ask for the subjects you are currently studying. If you do not have predicted grades for your current subjects you can type NPG or N/A in the grade field.

Contact us

For more information about Oundle STEM Potential please email the Partnerships team at  Oundle School.