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The Oratory to welcome girls from 2020

The Oratory 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 shall 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 that 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 Third Form and above.

Individual visits are welcomed and can be arranged by contacting our Registrar, Janet Martin, on 01491 683 522 or by emailing [email protected]  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.

Meet our Coeducation Coordinator

As Coeducation Coordinator, Dr Vicky Fogg will oversee the introduction of coeducation at The Oratory. Vicky is working with staff across the school and is involved in all aspects of Oratory life. 





Browse through our Coeducation Brochure