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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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  • 29 Mar

    Oratory Rugby success at Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens

    Oratory Rugby enjoyed a great week of sevens at Howden Rosslyn Park National Sch...

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  • 28 Mar

    Assembly Talk by Old Oratorian Morgan MacRae (OS 2015-2020)

    It was wonderful to welcome back Old Oratorian Morgan MacRae (OS 2015-2020), who...

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  • 19 Mar

    Tony Tinkel Memorial Service

    Tony Tinkel was remembered in the Old Chapel of the Oratory School on Saturday 9...

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  • 15 Mar

    Real Tennis School Championships 2024

    Congratulations to A. Watson who won the Real Tennis School Singles Championship...

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  • 15 Mar

    Oratory Netball 1st VII's Berkshire League Success

    The Oratory is delighted to announce that the Oratory Netball 1st VII...

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  • 15 Mar

    The Oratory Celebrates National Careers Week with 'Careers in the City' Breakfast

    The first Careers Breakfast Roundtable on Saturday 9 March was a huge success. P...

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  • 15 Mar

    The Oratory Celebrates British Science Week 2024

    Oratory Science celebrated British Science Week 2024 with a whole host of exciti...

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  • 08 Mar

    Inaugural International Women’s Day Breakfast 2024

    The theme for International Women's Day this year is ‘Inspire Inc...

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  • 07 Mar

    Oratory Rugby 1st VII win Next Phase 7ns at Aylesbury RFC

    Rugby Sevens success has continued at The Oratory this term. Having seen the U16...

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  • 01 Mar

    Loquitur Talk by Pip Jukes (OS 1960-1966)

    We were delighted to welcome back Old Oratorian Phillip (Pip) Jukes (OS 196...

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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

    Whole School Open Morning - Saturday 18 May

    Our next Whole School Open Morning will take place on Saturday 18 May, where you will be able to explore our facilities in their beautiful surroundings and meet our staff and pupils in person.