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Weekends are an integral and busy part of the boarding experience at The Oratory


Vibrant School Life

boy pupils playing tennis

All pupils are offered a great range of academic, sporting, cultural, and leisure activities, including outdoor pursuits, art, drama, and recreational sports.


There are academic lessons for all pupils on a Saturday morning, followed by a full programme of sporting fixtures on Saturday afternoon.

Our aim is to include as many pupils as possible in these fixtures and we ensure that we field a range of teams to suit all abilities across the full range of sports.

The Oratory Sports Centre is also open at set times throughout the weekend so that pupils are able to make use of the swimming pool, fitness centre, and various racquets courts.

All pupils are able to leave school to visit parents or guardians after they have completed their lessons and sporting commitments.

There are frequent social events on a Saturday night either based at The Oratory or involving visits to other local schools. The activities offered vary by year group and might range from a trip to a trampoline centre for younger pupils to a formal dinner and dancing for the older pupils.

On Sundays. the whole community comes together for Mass after a much appreciated lie in. This can be followed by a mixture of time for socialising, informal sporting activities, and trips to London, Reading or Oxford.


Exeats at The Oratory

We have four exeat weekends across the year (two in the Michaelmas term and one each in the Lent and Trinity terms) on which there are no lessons or activities. Pupils are welcome to go home or to stay with friends or guardians on these weekends. We keep one boarding house open on each exeat weekend so that pupils are able to stay at school if they wish.



Boarding here is very enjoyable, I never get bored... and the environment helps me a lot with my English.

 Hysan, from China. Boarding for 6 years.