The Oratory is a friendly, purposeful community dedicated to the growth of the individual within society. We believe that each boy should develop in his own individuality within the context of a corporate environment, fulfilling his own potential as a confident and integrated young man.
About the school
The Oratory School is an All Boys’ Independent Boarding & Day School (11-18 years). It is a Catholic School (founded by Blessed John Henry Newman in 1859) and attracts boys from the UK and abroad, from the Catholic community and other traditions. Oratory boys are encouraged to engage with purpose in all levels of school life. They are asked to achieve their academic goals as well as to develop personal growth by taking part in the many extra curricular activities on offer in the school. This might be involvement in the latest drama production, rowing from the school’s own boathouse on the river Thames or attending a debating forum – sometimes all on the same day! There are many opportunities to travel with both subject and sports trips and to join a full range of leadership activities such as the Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The Head Master has just completed a ten year regeneration programme, consisting of new boarding/day Houses, an extensive award winning Art & Design Department with its own exhibition gallery and professional ‘Artist in Residence’. Also completed are new English, Maths, History and Theology departments as well as a gym & fitness centre. An extensive redevelopment of sports centre facilities including pool area has begun this July. A recently opened Theatre provides drama studios, retractable seating and a professional lighting and sound room. Through national research the School has achieved a number of awards: Sports School of the Year by Education Business Awards 2011, Best Art & Design at A-Level (Good Schools Guide 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) and Best Results for Art & Design at GCSE in an English School (Good Schools Guide 2010); Top 20 Independent Boarding Schools in the UK (Best Schools 2012); Top 30 Boys' Independent Senior Schools in the UK (The Times 2008); Top Independent School in the UK for Sport (Daily Telegraph 2007). Show rounds are conducted on a daily basis. To attend either an Open Morning or book a Show Round email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Oratory is the only All-Boys' Catholic Senior School in the UK, and is a member of HMC (Headmasters’ Conference), CISC (Catholic Independent Schools Conference) and IBSC (International Boys’ Schools Coalition).
The Oratory School has been recognised as England's top 6th form subject performer in A Level Art and Design in 2018.
10th June 2019 — The Oratory School has been recognised as England's Top 6th Form subject performer in A Level Art & Design in 2018 by Oxford Analytics. Pupils have been acknowledged as having achieved the highest national average student progress and the most outstanding A Level performance in this subject in England. As a result, The Oratory School is now regarded as the No.1 centre (value added) of all reported centres that taught A Level Art & Design in England in 2017-18.
Director of Art, Phil Chaundy, said "Anyone who enters our Art and Design Department can immediately see the sheer ambition in the quality of creative work produced here. It is great to have received recognition for this."
Head of Sixth Form, Stephen Burrows, said: "We are rightly proud of our fabulous Art and Design Department, which are a hub of continuous activity and creativity. Our A Level results were very strong for the last academic year and this is undoubtedly a particular highlight."
The Oratory Art and Design Department is described as a "creative oasis" where "the words 'art department' simply don't do justice" by The Good Schools Guide 22nd Edition. The Department is equipped with 12 specialist art studios, which include a photographic studio and darkroom, a clay room,a 3D room, a painting and drawing studio and its very own gallery. Here, anyone can be an artist and anything can be art. All pupils are encouraged to use any material they wish to convey their vision. Recently a pupil spent a short time in hospital and used it as inspiration, turning it into a universal comment on hospital care and mortality using plaster casts from real bones and video loops for his A Level project.
Oxford Analytics exclusively serve the education sector and specialise in supporting post-16 providers in the analysis of performance and the raising of achievement in subjects. One element of research considers student progress in preference to student outcomes, highlighting examples of excellence that are often invisible in headline performance table measures.
The Oratory School is proud to have achieved this significant accolade, which is testament to the talent, dedication,hard work and commitment of The Oratory School's Art and Design Department's staff and pupils.
The Oratory School was invited to attend the Duke of Edinburgh award ceremony in London on 24 May to celebrate the students that had passed their Gold award.
8th June 2017 — The sun was out on the grounds of Buckingham Palace and there was a tangible air of achievement surrounding the gathering of so many successful Duke of Edinburgh candidates.
HRH The Countess of Wessex and HRH The Earl of Wessex were in attendance, presenting the young achievers their awards and taking time to talk to as many individuals as they could. In addition, the Oratory's group enjoyed the company of Conrad Humphreys - the adventurer and triple round-the-world sailor. Conrad, who is known to many as a cast member from Channel 4’s ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ recreation, spent a long time meeting and greeting the candidates, before sharing with them stories and lessons learnt from previous experiences in sport and in business.
Congratulations to all those who have achieved their gold award and best of luck to the boys who are currently undertaking the D of E programme at the Oratory School..
The Oratory School Consort, one of the school’s choral groups, has recently returned from a highly successful tour of Hong Kong and Macau. The Oratory has a rich choral tradition and last year successfully toured New York.
5th May 2017 — A busy schedule of services, recitals and sightseeing was put together, exposing pupils to the wide cultural diversity of this part of the world. They were invited to sing Mass at St John’s Cathedral, the main cathedral in Hong Kong, for the feast of the Annunciation. This gave the Consort an opportunity to give the international premiere of Matthew Martin’s Oratory Mass, which was commissioned by the School in September 2016.
There are strong links to The Oratory School in this part of the world and many former pupils and friends met-up during the tour, including at a reception for an ever-growing and active group of Old Oratorians. Father Peter Stilwell, himself an Old Oratorian, is Rector of Macau University and extended an invitation to the choir to sing for Sunday morning Mass in Macau Cathedral, which was broadcast live on local television.
In addition, The Oratory attended a recital at La Salle College, which was followed by a masterclass and lunch with their school choirs, living proof of the power of music to bring people together, however diverse their backgrounds. The tour was rounded off with a highly-charged performance by the Consort at a lunchtime recital in St John’s Cathedral, followed by an end-of-tour reception at the Asia Society.
Oratory 4th former Harry Page wins top junior award at Reading Golf Club.
20th April 2017 — During the Easter holidays, Harry Page was awarded “Junior Golf Player of the Year” at Reading Golf Club by Malcolm Bell the Head of Junior Golf and Geoff Chivers the Club Captain.
He was chosen not only for his overall performance but for also winning the Sonning Junior Open last summer. Quite an impressive feat since Harry has only been playing for just over a year. Harry has just competed in the Bearwood Lakes Junior Open and won with the best net score. Bearwood Lakes Golf Club is in the top 100 of UK golf courses.
The Oratory School welcomed Dr Peter White from The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, to engage with our students on the issues of climate, social and economic change facing us today.
11th April 2017 — Dr White gave the boys some frightening statistics on the rise of populations and pollutants alongside hopeful messages of how we are acting to ensure that our world will endure in a similar state for future generations.
Students were challenged to think about their responsibility for global progress and the ever greater presence this will have in their future. This was an extremely thought provoking and enlightening talk which was enjoyed by all.
Charlie Dart, Deputy School Captain and Captain of Shooting, has been selected to represent England in a school’s national match against pupils from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
22nd March 2017 — Sharp shooter Charlie has already had previous national experience, when he was selected to tour the Channel Islands with the UK U19 cadets last summer and at 16 was the youngest member of the team.
Other achievements include winning the CADSAAM 2014 U16 Champion Shot; the 2015 Marlborough Cup and the 2015 Sawyer Cup, both at the Schools’ Meeting Bisley. He is also the winner of The Surrey Playing Fields Association Goblet in 2014. All of which are highly contested competitions from schools nationwide.
Charlie is the first pupil of the Oratory school to be nationally recognised in small-bore shooting (.22).