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Community Life


The Oratory links pastoral care with spirituality. A resident Chaplain has the care of all pupils regardless of religious affiliation.

The boys lead a busy life with a full academic programme, sports fixtures, extra-curricular activities and societies. It is important that they have their own space in which to relax and be with their friends. All boys, day and boarding, live in their Houses together. The result is that every pupil is integrated into a cohesive and supportive body. Their Houses offer them this refuge. There is always someone around for them.

The time a boy spends at The Oratory prepares him well for later life. From the time they enter at 11 or 13 to the time they leave, the aim is to instil a sense of self-esteem and ensure that each boy is valued as an individual. The warmth and support of the School enables a boy to develop a strong set of spiritual and moral values. When the time comes for a boy to leave, we believe that he will have become a person who is well qualified to take a leading role in society at any level. The nurturing of purposeful, balanced young men, was the Founder’s aim.