The Oratory School

The Oratory School

Type: Day / Boarding / Co-ed
Age Range: 11-18
Head's Name: Joseph Smith
Address: Woodcote
Near Reading
South Oxfordshire
United Kingdom
Phone: 01491 683500
Division: South Central

School Profile

The Oratory School is an HMC co-educational 11-18 Catholic boarding and day school, situated on a 100-acre estate in Oxfordshire. We are a small, nurturing school where each pupil is known, valued and stretched as an individual. However, we are not a small school in terms of facilities, curriculum or range of opportunities.

The Oratory is proud of its strong exam results. We’re in the Top 3% of schools for value added at A Level (2020 & 2018). This means that pupils leave with higher grades than the national average for their ability. The majority of our pupils gain entry to their first choice universities. However, an Oratory education develops young people in a deeper sense than exam results alone can demonstrate. There is 'something deeper' in an Oratory education - hard to define but undeniable - by virtue of its unique ethos and history as the only school founded by arguably the greatest educational thinker of the Victorian age, St John Henry Newman.

An Oratory education gives our young people every opportunity to draw out and find their individual innate gifts and qualities, and instils in them a sense of joy and a genuine love of learning. At The Oratory everyone will find their place to excel.

As a Catholic school that welcomes pupils of all faiths or none, visitors often comment on the inclusive family atmosphere of our school, and it is this supportive environment and our strong pastoral care that nurtures the confidence, self-expression, and resilience that are vital for success and happiness in the world of today. By the time they leave the school at the end of Sixth Form, having reached their academic potential, the majority of our pupils gain entry to their first choice of university, including many Russell Group universities. They are confident young adults, equipped not only with a well-rounded education, but also with a thirst for further learning, a strong moral compass, and lifelong friends.

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