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Rowing at The Oratory School


Rowing has been a part of The Oratory since the 1960s but really only began to make an impact when we moved to our own boathouses in 1984. The boats are kept on the Hardwick Estate, two miles from the school. Here we have a stretch of water which must surely be one of the most beautiful in England. We row the Pangbourne – Whitchurch Toll Bridge and Maple Durham House – a piece of water made famous by the novel “Wind in the Willows”.

Rowing takes place in the Lent and Summer terms and seeks to accommodate all abilities and levels of commitment. Apart from the obvious benefits from the exercise, rowing develops great team spirit and an ability to work together found in few other sports. The demands of the training, particularly at the senior level, require self discipline, time management and motivation; skills that are reflected in above average exam results for most crew members.

Rowing is an option from the age of 13 (St Philip House) all the way through to the Upper 6th.  A carefully structured programme allows them to excel at the highest levels of British Junior Rowing or just keep fit and have some fun.

Each year group puts two or more crews on the water that participate in a busy programme of private competitions with other schools, head of the river races and regattas. Parents, families and friends are very welcome at all these events, as they are to the social events organised by the OSBC Friends of Boating.

All pupils that join the boat club must become a member of ‘British Rowing’.  Membership includes insurance, access to all the member areas of the website and a monthly magazine. This years Boat Club fee to cover the associated registration costs is £25.