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Welcome to The Oratory School



We are delighted to share with you our press release about the exciting new developments at The Oratory School.



The Oratory School has announced that from September 2020, it will become a coeducational school, welcoming girls and boys from the age of 11 to 18.

Joe Smith, Head Master said “We are delighted to be making this announcement and excited to be able to offer families of girls and boys alike our unique Oratory education. By extending our vibrant provision we will be providing an outstanding preparation for our pupils in what lies beyond The Oratory.”

Matthew Stilwell, Chair of Governors, said “Many of the families who enquire about a place at The Oratory already have children in coeducational schools, including of course The Oratory Prep School, and we have seen that parents are increasingly looking for a family-based school which can serve daughters and sons at one school.”

The Oratory has a long tradition of providing pupils at the school with a warm and purposeful educational environment and has now decided to offer The Oratory’s excellent educational and pastoral opportunities to both boys and girls.

Looking at the needs and demands of future and current pupils and their parents, together with the changing world in which we live, the school is of the view that coeducation will best serve its pupils and their families from 2020 and for generations to come.

For 160 years, the school has provided pupils with a secure and encouraging environment in which they can thrive, thereby equipping each one to be resourceful and resilient in their future lives.  This will continue to be the school’s aim.

Over the next few years, the school will continue to invest in the development of its teaching and learning facilities, as well as refurbishing St Philip House, as a boys and girls Junior House and another existing boarding house for girls in Years 9 and above.

Individual visits are welcomed and can be arranged by contacting our Registrar, Janet Martin on 01491 683 522 or by emailing registrar@oratory.co.uk.  The next Open Morning will be held on Saturday 9 March 2019 for parents wishing to learn more and to see the school in action.

Click here to find out more about our move to coeducation.


For more information about our Scholarships or our Admissions process for 11+, 13+ or Sixth Form entry, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Janet Martin, on 01491 683522 or email registrar@oratory.co.uk

Scholarship dates for 2019 Entry:

  • 13+ Art Scholarship – Wednesday 16 January 2019
  • 13+ Music Scholarship – Tuesday 29 January 2019
  • 13+ ISEB Common Academic Scholarship – 25-27 February 2019
  • 13+ Drama Scholarship – 1 March Friday 2019
  • 6th Form Scholarships: See all details here

If you wish to enquire about the availability of places for 2019 Entry please contact the Registrar.

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