In recent weeks we have tried to reflect on some aspects of the life of St John Henry Newman. Today I would like to speak briefly about his views on conscience.
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.
Newman had a deep affection for friendship, and for his friends, of whom he had many.
The basic point I want to make is that how we should be treated isn’t necessarily the same as how we deserve to be treated.