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Head Master’s Welcome



Welcome to the Oratory School. I hope that you enjoy browsing through this website and that you will then decide to pay us a visit. We would be delighted to show you round.

Set in a stunning Chilterns estate, we offer a unique education for our boys whether day or boarding.

We have a clear focus on pursuing excellence in all we do and on ensuring that every boy fulfils his maximum potential, developing his mind, body and soul in the process.

Inspirational teaching by highly qualified staff, that stretches and challenges each boy in and beyond the classroom, is key to our success. Our boys attain strong results in public examinations and move on to some of the best universities in the UK and elsewhere.

Equally important is participation in our extensive extra-curricular programme, which includes the Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF. All boys are able to enjoy the outstanding provision for sport, including a new multi-million pound Sports Centre with gyms, squash courts and a 25m swimming pool, acres of playing fields, beautiful grass tennis courts, an excellent stretch of the River Thames for rowing, our own real tennis court and a nine hole golf course. We have an impressive fixtures list and a number of boys compete at county and national levels in various sports.

Our excellent Music Department, which includes the Schola Cantorum (Chapel Choir) and Consort, Jazz Band and Strings’ Groups amongst others, is likewise a real strength, along with a strong Drama Department, based in the Hilaire Belloc Theatre. We also have a multi award-winning, nationally acclaimed Art and Design Department.

In addition, ‘The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent as is the quality of relationships between staff and pupils, and between pupils themselves throughout the School. The School provides excellent pastoral care.’ (latest ISI report).

I am sure that, after seeing what we have to offer, you will wish to arrange a personal visit or register to attend our next Open Morning to see us in action.

I look forward to meeting you.

Head Master