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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 students with a broad and rich education for over 165 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 students 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 student, seeing them as they are, ‘wonderfully made’, and seeks to draw out and develop each student'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 students and which nurtures the confidence, self-expression and resilience that is vital for success and happiness in the world today.

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  • 28 Jun

    L6th Form Biology trip to Manorbier, Wales

    On Thursday 20 June, L6th Form Biologists travelled to Manorbier to complet...

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  • 28 Jun

    4th Form trip to Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford

    Oratory Science 4th Form students visited Harcourt Arboretum on Wednesday 26...

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  • 21 Jun

    4th and L6 Form Visit Oxford University

    On Friday 14 June, a small group of 4th and L6 Form pupils set off int...

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  • 12 Jun

    L6th Form Business & Economics students visit The Royal Mint and Lewis Merthyr Colliery

    On Tuesday 11 June, L6th Business and Economics students went on an en...

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  • 07 Jun

    The Old Oratorian Network

    As our U6th formers prepare for life after The Oratory, we remind them of the im...

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  • 23 May

    Old Oratorians receive DofE Gold Award at Buckingham Palace

    On Friday 10 May, Old Oratorians Fraser Robertson, Grace Lambourne, Henry Watson...

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  • 20 May

    The Oratory partners with Precious Sight Foundation

    The Oratory was delighted to welcome Biyi Adewumi, Director of the Precious Sigh...

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  • 17 May

    The Oratory's Combined Cadet Force Biennial Inspection 2024

    The Oratory’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) biennial inspection took place on...

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  • 12 May

    1st Form: Silverstone STEM Trip

    On Friday 3 May, 1st Form students took a trip to Silverstone.

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  • 12 May

    Oratory Racquets U18 1st IV Tennis Win Berkshire Tennis Schools’ Invitational 2024

    The Oratory is delighted to announce that the Oratory Racquets U18 IV Tennis t...

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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, Oxfordshire, RG8 0PJ

    +44 (0)1491 683500

    Contact Us

    The Oratory School
    RG8 0PJ

    Tel: +44 (0)1491 683500

    Open Morning - Saturday 28 September

    Explore our facilities in their beautiful surroundings and meet our staff and students in person. 

    Experience our dynamic new Ex Umbris Learning Culture and inclusive family atmosphere, where every student is known and valued as an individual.