In 2016 the Oratory School remained a force to be reckoned with among shooting schools in the UK. Several trophies were won at the Bisley including the prestigious – and hotly contested – Falling Plates competition.
The shooting team welcomes all boys who are interested in this most enjoyable sport. Boys who shoot are members of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), which is compulsory for Forms 3 and 4 and voluntary in Forms 5, L6 and U6. Shooting disciplines include Small Bore (.22) which is used mainly for indoor training during the evenings or over the winter, the Cadet Service Rifle (GP) (5.56mm), the Cadet Target Rifle (CTR) (7.62mm), and clay pigeon shooting with the Shotgun.
Small Bore practice is held in the school’s indoor range as an evening activity on Tuesdays, currently attracting a good number of interested pupils. This small bore shooting practice helps to learn and refine the marksmanship techniques for all types of full bore shooting. Full Bore practice takes place on Wednesday and/or Saturday afternoons throughout the academic year, usually at the British Army ranges at Otmoor or Pirbright, and Shotgun practice is held on Monday afternoons during the main Games slot.
The school is fortunate to have a number of dedicated and highly qualified staff, all officers in the CCF, who are prepared to give up their time to conduct the practice shoots as well as to attend the large number of competitions in which the school competes annually, in view of which shooting is classified at the Oratory School as a ‘Major Sport’.
The team competes in numerous full bore shooting competitions held on outdoor ranges from April to September during the Summer Term of one academic year and the Michaelmas Term of the following academic year, with the remainder of the year being given to training and preparation. A number of the Bisley Clubs hold Schools’ Meetings, and the Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting (CCRS) holds a number of Target Rifle (TR) competitions during the Summer. CCRS also organises an annual Cadet Shotgun Championship, and the school team has been successful in this discipline as well.
The shooting ‘season’ finishes in September with the 145 Brigade Cadet Skill-at-Arms Meeting (CADSAAM), in which up to 46 teams compete. The Oratory team has historically been very successful at this meeting, winning many trophies and medals over the years. A formal dinner is then held in October each year to round off the full bore shooting season, to which the team members and their parents are invited.
|April||Malvern Cup (TR)|
|Clayton Challenge (TR)|
|4 Division Cadet TR Meeting (TR)|
|May||London & Middlesex Schools Meeting (TR)|
|Sawyer Cup (TR)|
|Surrey Schools Meeting (TR)|
|July||NRA Schools Meeting (SR & TR)|
|NRA Imperial Meeting (TR)|
|September||145 Brigade CADSAM (SR)|
Individual boys have the opportunity for selection for National and International teams, including the British Cadet Rifle Team to the Channel Islands, the Under 19 Team to South Africa and the British Cadet Rifle Team to Canada (‘The Athelings’).
On leaving the school, boys can continue their shooting as a member of the ‘Old Oratorians’ team (The Cardinal’s Men), who compete regularly in Club competitions at Bisley.
There are no upcoming events at this time.