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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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  • 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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  • 23 Feb

    The Oratory hosts U10s Prep Schools' Real Tennis Doubles Competition

    The Oratory School hosted its annual Under 10s Prep Schools Real Tennis Doubles...

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  • 09 Feb

    Dora Nash Memorial

    Family and friends of Dora Nash gathered in the Oratory School Chapel on 3...

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  • 09 Feb

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science Breakfast

    The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February...

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  • 09 Feb

    3rd Form Classics trip to Bath

    3rd Form Latinists enjoyed an exciting 24 hours away in Bath this week. The...

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  • 08 Feb

    Oratory Rugby 1st XV Captain G. Whelpton represents U18s Lambs

    There has been more success for Oratory students on the rugby field this term as...

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  • 08 Feb

    Oratory Racquets wins Real Tennis U16 National Schools Doubles Championship Title

    The Oratory is delighted to announce that 5th Formers, A. Watson and N...

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  • 08 Feb

    Oratory Rugby wins Gordon School’s U16 Invitational Rugby 7s

    The Rugby Sevens season has got off to an unbelievable start for Oratory Rugby t...

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  • 31 Jan

    6th Form A Level Psychology Trip to London's 'Psychology in Action' Day

    Last term, 6th Form A Level Psychology students attended 'Psychology in Acti...

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  • 30 Jan

    Oratory Football Success in the Central Independent Schools League

    It’s been a fantastic season so far for Oratory Football as they top 4 out...

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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

    Open Morning - Saturday 2 March 2024

    Discover more about The Oratory and meet the Head, our staff and pupils in person at our next Whole School Open Morning on Saturday 2 March.