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A unique HMC Co-educational Catholic Boarding and Day School for Pupils Aged 11-18 I Am Known: I Am More

An Oratory education is an education for life

The Oratory has been providing pupils with a broad and rich education for over 160 years. Situated on a stunning 100-acre Oxfordshire countryside estate, we combine strong academic results with a supportive family ethos. We are genuinely an all-round school and we believe in nurturing pupils to achieve their very best in whatever it is they set out to do.


‘I am known: I am more’ highlights The Oratory’s holistic, all-round approach to education. An Oratory education focuses on the whole pupil, seeing them as they are, ‘wonderfully made’, and seeks to draw out and develop each pupil’s innate gifts, skills and talents, which we believe each of them has in abundance, be they academic, sporting, artistic, dramatic or inter-personal.

The Oratory deliberately remains a small school, with small class sizes, outstanding pastoral care, and a wonderful sense of community. It is this supportive environment that allows us to focus and develop each of our pupils and which nurtures the confidence, self-expression and resilience that is vital for success and happiness in the world today.

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Our Latest News

  • 22 Nov

    The Oratory Supports Red Wednesday

    This Wednesday 22 November, The Oratory has been supporting and raisin...

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  • 22 Nov

    Loquitur: Teri Zambigli on the poetry of Dante Alighieri

    What a privilege it was to have visiting speaker Teri Zambigli speak so knowledg...

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  • 22 Nov

    Oratory Consort sing Evening Prayer at Magdalen College, Oxford

    Last Friday evening the Consort sang a service of Evening Prayer at Magdalen Col...

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  • 21 Nov

    5th Form GCSE Geography Fieldtrip to Portsmouth

    5th Form GCSE Geographers were away on fieldwork last week exploring urban chang...

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  • 17 Nov

    Oratory Rugby vs London Oratory School​​​​​​​

    On Wednesday, our annual fixtures with the London Oratory took place at Grasshop...

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  • 16 Nov

    Loquitur Talk by Sarah Woodard, an Associate at EQT Partners

    We were honoured to have Sarah Woodard, an Associate at EQT Partners, as our spe...

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  • 16 Nov

    Millie, L6th Former unveils 100th defibrillator

    Well done to Oratory 6th Form student Millie of the charity Millie's Dream...

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  • 10 Nov

    Requiem Mass for deceased Old Oratorians

    The annual Requiem Mass for deceased Old Oratorians of The Oratory School was he...

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  • 10 Nov

    Whole School Act of Remembrance Service

    A Whole School Act of Remembrance Service took place today at the school's...

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  • 10 Nov

    Sound Design Workshop with Tom Gibbons

    We were honoured to welcome back Old Oratorian Tom Gibbons (OS 1997-2002) earlie...

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    Open Mornings

    Oratory Open Mornings offer a great opportunity to explore our facilities in their beautiful surroundings and meet with our staff and pupils in person. 

    Day & Boarding Life

    The Oratory is a vibrant day and boarding community. We call ourselves a family and we mean it. The warmth and support of the school enables pupils to develop strong self-belief and resilience that will remain with them throughout their life.

    Catholic Life

    The Catholic Faith and the two chapels are central to the school’s life, ethos and identity. Newman’s vision of an education for the whole person through individual care has always involved mind, body, and soul.

    Co-Curricular Opportunities

    A wide array of co-curricular opportunities allows each individual to find an arena in which they can flourish and excel. The joy and confidence that success brings leads to greater determination and resilience when facing challenges in the classroom and in life.

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    Contact Us

    The Oratory School, Woodcote, Near Reading, South Oxfordshire, RG8 0PJ

    +44 (0)1491 683500

    Contact Us

    The Oratory School
    RG8 0PJ

    Tel: +44 (0)1491 683500