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Welcome to The Oratory

Headmaster Joe Smith
The Oratory has been providing a holistic, all-round education for over 160 years, focusing on the whole young person, seeing them as they are, ’wonderfully made’, and seeking to draw out and develop their innate gifts, skills and talents, which we believe each of them has in abundance, be they academic, sporting, artistic, dramatic or inter-personal.
In September 2020, The Oratory became a coeducational school, welcoming girls alongside boys. This move to coeducation has been overwhelmingly successful, with 46 “pioneer girls” joining the school. Applications for places are now at their highest level in years, with families of girls and boys eager to experience everything The Oratory has to offer.

The Oratory deliberately remains a small school, with small class sizes, outstanding pastoral care, and a wonderful sense of community. Every young person is known here and we are as far from being an exam factory as can be imagined. However, our results are impressive because of this: while we have a broad academic spread, our value-added results are some of the best in the land. We’re not a small school in terms of facilities, breadth of curriculum, range of opportunities, or sport results.  The Oratory has always achieved incredible things for a relatively small school, and continues to do so.

We are proud of our beautiful campus in the Oxfordshire countryside and our superb facilities. However, most of all we are proud of our young people – whom we call Oratorians – who are warm, kind, purposeful, yet refreshingly informal. I hope that you will choose to visit us here and meet some of them; we would love to see you.

Joe Smith BA MEd PGCE
Head Master


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