Skip to content ↓
I Am Known: I Am More


An Oratory education is an education for life

We are really proud of our broad and rich curriculum and strong exam results; however, an Oratory education is about developing our young people in a much wider sense than exam results alone can demonstrate. There is 'something deeper' in an Oratory education - hard to define but undeniable - by virtue of its unique ethos and history as the only school founded by arguably the greatest educational thinker of the Victorian age, Saint John Henry Newman.

An Oratory education gives our young people every opportunity to draw out and find their individual innate gifts and qualities, and instils in them a sense of joy and a genuine love of learning. At The Oratory everyone will find their place to excel.

As a Catholic school that welcomes pupils of all faiths or none, visitors often comment on the inclusive family atmosphere of our school, and it is this supportive environment and our strong pastoral care that nurtures the confidence, self-expression, and resilience that are vital for success and happiness in the world of today.

 By the time they leave the school at the end of Sixth Form, having reached their academic potential, the majority of our pupils gain entry to their first choice of university, including many Russell Group universities. Our pupils leave the school as confident young adults, equipped not only with a well-rounded education, but also with a thirst for further learning, a strong moral compass, and lifelong friends.


"We chose The Oratory as a small nurturing school where the individual really matters."

An Oratory Parent


Our educational philosophy is underpinned by the values of :

  • Integrity
  • Curiosity
  • Joy
  • Confidence
  • Endeavour 
  • Respect 
  • Kindness.

These core values are shared by every member of the Oratory community, shaping who we are and what we do.


You have not allowed cookies and this content may contain cookies.

If you would like to view this content please


Explore more of our school

Contact Us

The Oratory School

Tel: +44 (0)1491 683500