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The Oratory 160th Anniversary

2019 was an exciting time for The Oratory School as it was 160 years since the school was founded by Blessed John Henry Newman in Edgbaston, Birmingham. The school began on 2 May 1859 with 9 boys. Since that time, the school has moved twice, firstly to Caversham Park in 1922, and then to Woodcote in 1942 and has grown in size since its Victorian days of no more than 70 boys.

Last year we reflected on all that the school and its pupils have achieved, and celebrate everything that makes the school so special: our wonderful pupils and talented teachers, our supportive parents, our passion for education, our nurturing Catholic values and our beautiful expansive grounds. We had three fantastic events, our Whole School 160th Anniversary Celebration on 4 May; our 160th Anniversary Day of Celebrations on 22 June and the Charity Ball on 15 November.

The Oratory family also joined in with a social media campaign which asked parents, staff, pupils and alumni to sum up what The Oratory School means to them in three words.

Scroll down this page to see some photos of the "three words" campaign.

Anniversary Events

160th Anniversary Charity Ball

This year, the Friends of Oratory School Parents Association celebrated the 160th Anniversary of The Oratory Schools Association with a Charity Ball held on Friday 15th November.

As well as this milestone celebration, the aim was to raise as much money as possible for two special charities: The British Lung Foundation, the UK’s only dedicated lung charity, and Launchpad Reading, a local charity providing support and shelter for the homeless. Over £21,000 was raised and will go directly to these two nominated charities. 

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160th Anniversary Celebrations

A big thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our 160th year on Saturday 22 June.

The Oratory community of Old Oratorians, parents, teaching staff, former staff and friends all came together for a day of celebrations at the Oratory School. The family-friendly day included a celebratory Mass; a Question Time-style debate with Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative MP (OS 1963-65); Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp; Commodore Mike Wainhouse, Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare) in NCHQ...

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The Oratory School  in three words

To celebrate our special anniversary we invited our Oratory community to share what the Oratory means to them in only 3 words. #OratorySchools160