Oratory history was made on Tuesday 25 May 2021 with the appointment of its first coeducational team of School Captains.
Olivia, from Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire becomes The Oratory’s first female School Captain in its 162-year history. Olivia said, “It is a huge honour to play such an influential role in The Oratory’s move to coeducation. I look forward to being a role model to all pupils at the school.”
Tolulope Awoniyi, from London, joins Olivia as School Captain. He said, “It is great to be making school history and becoming a voice for our school.”
Olivia and Tolulope will be supported in their roles by Deputy School Captains, Edidiong Umoren and Oskar Jordan-Barber.
Edidiong said of her appointment, “I’m excited to be receiving this privilege and taking an active role in making a difference to our school.”
Oskar said of his role, “It is a great to be marking a new chapter for The Oratory. I’m looking forward to reintegrating year groups in a post-Covid school.”
September 2021 will mark the start of The Oratory’s second academic year as a coeducational school. It also sees the first girls’ house outgrown, with recruitment so successful that building redevelopment is underway to relocate Wootten House into the original building which became the school. It is a beautiful Georgian country house, built in 1733 and remodelled in 1910 by the architect Detmar Blow, a pupil of Sir Edwin Lutyens. The house is being fully refurbished ready for September and it will be wonderful to give girls the opportunity to live at the very heart of the school.