Our Lady's Abingdon is a Catholic day school for girls and boys aged 7–18 of all faiths and none, in Oxfordshire.
About the school
Our Lady’s Abingdon School (OLA) has a well-deserved reputation for providing academic excellence for boys and girls aged 7 to 18. Our Lower School, Senior School and Sixth Form are all located on a single site with adjacent sports playing field, within easy walking distance of Abingdon Town Centre.
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, OLA Lower 6th Formers start their own pupil well-being club
Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire – Our Lady’s Abingdon is proud to assist our Lower 6th Formers in coming up with a plan to support their younger peers after this difficult year we have all faced with the effect of COVID-19 on school children across the county.
14th May 2021 — Following the difficult year that we have faced as a community in relation to COVID-19, we are now looking to brighter times and a sense of freedom. It cannot go unrecognised that the pandemic has caused some difficulties for children and that is why it is increasingly important to focus our attentions on their social and emotional well-being.
Our Lower 6th Formers Lottie, Naomi, Lucy, Katie, James and Eve have been thoughtful and proactive in volunteering their time to plan a way of supporting their younger peers by creating a weekly ‘Talk To Us’ club. This club will be solely student-led, under supervision, directed at pupil well-being. The content will vary from week to week, and can range from practising mindfulness, learning yoga or dance, or general discussion on a topic of interest to the group.
The students will be trialling this for the rest of the term in order to gain a better insight into what kind of content fellow pupils would benefit from, and Year 9 pupils will initially be invited to participate.
‘OLA is renowned for its pastoral care and concern for the individual child. Our staff are always focussed on pupils’ social and emotional wellbeing and it is heart-warming to see pupils supporting each other, too.’
Mr P Karian, Chief Operating Officer
OLA (Our Lady’s Abingdon) is a Catholic independent day school for students aged 7 to 18, offering a highly successful fun and innovative learning experience in a happy and friendly community.
The school’s success comes from a combination of six key factors which create the unique OLA learning adventure:
1. Small school: With under 400 pupils in total, OLA offers everyone the possibility of representing the school in a wide range of confidence-developing activities, including sport, drama, music, academic competitions and other chances to thrive, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
2. Small classes: We have a very high teacher to pupil ratio, meaning our class sizes are smaller than you will find elsewhere. OLA provides a more individual learning experience that fully nurtures academic potential.
3. Fun and innovative learning: Helps pupils to be fully engaged in the academic life of the school leading to exam results that regularly exceed pupil baseline predications.
4. Highly praised pastoral care: Our staff work closely alongside our pupils to encourage, motivate and support each child, helping them to grow as confident, successful and happy individuals.
5. Family community: OLA encourages an open dialogue between home and school through a range of effective channels.
6. Catholic Christian ethos: This is the foundation of everything we do, creating the family community so valued by OLA parents. The school accepts children of all faiths and none and helps them aspire to such values as integrity, compassion, openness, forgiveness, reconciliation, co-operation and courage.
Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire – Our Lady’s Abingdon is pleased to announce that we are cancelling our entrance examination for 2021 and 2022 pupil intake, to support COVID-19 affected families across the county.
23rd April 2021 — COVID-19 has caused an extended period of lockdown and school closures across 2020 and 2021. During this period, many pupils have missed a significant amount of schooling. In these unprecedented circumstances OLA has taken the decision to adapt its admissions approach to ensure that no child is disadvantage in applying to the school, due to a loss of education time.
As such, for both 2021 and 2022 entries to OLA Senior School, there will be no written entrance examination. Assessment will instead be based on an online admissions interview, school report and school reference. Pupils currently in our Lower School are already exempt from the entrance examination and will progress seamlessly to our Senior School.
We welcome applications from pupils of all faiths and none, who have the potential to make the most of the many educational opportunities on offer at OLA. Our entry process is designed to identify applicants who will thrive from the broad, balanced education that the school provides.
‘OLA is renowned for its pastoral care and concern for the individual child. It is in this spirit that we have decided, for the second year running, to run an exams free admissions process. We hope this will help all families whose children have missed out on learning as a result of the pandemic, and enable us to assist these applicants as fairly as possible.’ Mr Prav Karian, Chief Operating Officer
OLA warmly invites children to spend a day enjoying a variety of fun lessons, take part in exciting activities and experience our warm and vibrant community.
20th April 2021 — Making the right decision about the best school for a child is a very important issue for parents. To help, OLA provides Experience Days for children and their parents to experience what a school day at OLA is all about. At an OLA Experience Day children can try a wide range of activities, meet teachers and make new friends. OLA provides Experience Days for Year 2 children considering entry into Year 3. Year 3 children considering entry into Year 4 in OLA Lower School and for Year 5 children considering entry into Year 7 in OLA Senior School.
Please read the brief introduction and then click the Find Out button to discover all you need to know to start your OLA journey. If at any stage you are unsure of what to do next or have questions, we are here to help. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01235 544808.