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House and pastoral systems

Boarding Houses

The school is divided into five Houses – a junior house and four senior houses. 

Each house is in the charge of a resident Housemaster or Housemistress, Housemothers and several Assistant Housemasters. We ensure that all pupils are housed in comfortable, modern accommodation, with an extremely good staff to pupil ratio.

St Philip House

St Philip is a small and friendly house for pupils in the First and Second form. Most of our boarders have not lived away from home before, but they make friends very, very quickly.

Housemaster: Mr Watson

Housemother: Mrs Watson

FitzAlan House

FitzAlan is a very sociable house, whose best features are its large and central Common Room and its friendly atmosphere. 

Housemaster: Mr Nunes-Carvalho

Housemother: Mrs Phoenix-Herbert

St John House

Being one of the smaller houses, St John has a friendly atmosphere with good accommodation throughout. St John is proud of its sporting and academic achievements.

Housemaster: Mr Muckalt

Housemother: Mrs Day

Wootten House

The first girls' house at The Oratory is named after Mrs Frances Wootten, the first Dame of the Oratory School when it was founded by John Henry Newman in 1859.

Houseparent: Dr V Fogg

Housemother: Mrs Kean

Norris House

Norris was the newest house to be built and is located close to refectory, chapel and games pitches. The house is renowned for both its sporting and cultural achievements. 

Housemaster: Mr Gibbon

Housemother: Ms Mayhead

Pastoral Care

Our community is defined by very strong pastoral care; the nurturing of each individual pupil is at the very heart of school life.

We have a dedicated Deputy Head Pastoral who takes a key role in overseeing the happiness and wellbeing of everyone in the school, and our resident Chaplain has the care of all pupils regardless of religious affiliation, but all our staff are involved in Pastoral Care. The majority of staff live on site with their families and are heavily involved in the co-curricular life of the school. This helps them get to know the pupils outside of the classroom, and relationships are strengthened on the sports field, in the theatre or in the music department. 

From the time they enter to the time they leave, our aim is to ensure that each pupil is valued as an individual. The warmth and support of the school enables the Oratory pupils to develop a strong self belief and resilience that will support them throughout their life.


We are very proud to have pupils from so many different nationalities in our school

Our pupils come from all over the world making The Oratory a diverse and exciting community in which to live. We have a special interest in the pastoral care of all overseas pupils and we aim to help everyone settle happily and smoothly into their new environment. 

When a new pupil arrives, they are warmly welcomed to The Oratory family.

The sense of community is what I like the most in my house! Uzezi - Boarding for two years

“The staff always make us feel as if we are in a family”    

- Joonmin - Boarding for three years

I am happy with the number of extra-curricular activities available for us! Danila - Boarding for six years


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The Oratory School

Tel: +44 (0)1491 683500