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Coeducation at The Oratory

The Oratory School became a coeducational school in September 2020, welcoming girls alongside boys for the first time in its 161-year history. 

Tuesday 8 September 2020 saw the opening of the first girls’ house, Wootten House, named after Mrs Frances Wootten, the first Dame of the Oratory School when it was founded by St John Henry Newman in 1859. Dr Victoria Fogg, former Coeducation Coordinator, is the Wootten House Houseparent, supported by Sascha Morgan as Housemother.

The Oratory’s move to coeducation has been overwhelmingly successful, with 46 “pioneer girls” joining the school from a range of locations that include the Home Counties through to Nigeria, China and Japan. Girls have joined Oratory life across all year groups, with the majority starting in Years 7, 9 and Sixth Form. Applications for places at every entry point are at their highest level in years, with families of girls and boys eager to experience everything The Oratory has to offer.

Dr Vicky Fogg, Wootten Houseparent says “It is an honour to help found Wootten House. Welcoming girls across the age groups and seeing the House come to life with their talent, their enthusiasm and their faith is a privilege.”

Joe Smith, Head Master says “This is an historic week in the 161-year life of The Oratory School. The date of the school’s opening – 2 May 1859 – is now joined by 8 September 2020 as the two most significant dates in our proud history. We have nearly 120 new pupils joining the school this term and we welcome all our new pupils and their families to the Oratory family.”

Wootten House Pioneer Girls

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