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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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We know that choosing the right school for your child can often be confusing and time consuming, so we try to make the process here at The Oratory as enjoyable and straightforward as possible.

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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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  • 03 May

    Loquitur Evening with Amanda Muckalt

    We were thrilled to host Amanda Muckalt for a particularly special edition of Lo...

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  • 03 May

    Oratory Cricket Girls' U15s record 10 wicket victory in first competitive fixture

    A combined team of Oratory Cricket U14 and U15 girls travelled to Pangbourne for...

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  • 01 May

    Oratory Sport Success at Radley Relays

    On Thursday 25 April, 2 and ¾ relay teams travelled to the Radley Relays...

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  • 26 Apr

    The Oratory raises awareness for Stop Food Waste Day

    Following on from Earth Day earlier this week, The Oratory School supported Stop...

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  • 26 Apr

    The Oratory School's Inaugural Old Oratorian (OO) Netball Event

    On Saturday 20 April, we proudly hosted our inaugural Old Oratorian (OO) Ne...

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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

    Senior School Experience Day - Tuesday 11 June

    Available from Year 5+

    A Senior School Experience Day is a great way for your child to experience Oratory Life within a small group of potential pupils also interested in joining the school.

    Your child will have the opportunity to meet with current students of all ages, take a tour of our boarding houses and partake in lessons and sport.

    You do not need to be registered to attend this event.