The Oratory School A GSG School
- The Oratory School
- Head: Mr Joseph Smith
- T 01491 683500
- F 01491 680020
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.oratory.co.uk
- A mainstream independent school for boys aged from 11 to 18
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Oxfordshire
- Pupils: 300
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Fees: Day: £16,050 - £23,700; Boarding: £21,540 - £32,595 pa
- Open days: Saturday mornings in May and September/October.
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
- Linked schools: Oratory Preparatory School
What The Good Schools Guide says..
Some schools have art rooms, others may boast art departments; the Oratory says it has an art department but what it really has is a kingdom...Newly formed food council has managed to get Cocoa Pops onto the breakfast menu but...
What the school says...
The Oratory is a unique school. Blessed John Henry Newman, its Founder, was a brilliant man, who synthesised two traditions: Christian pastoral care for the individual combined with academic excellence and intellectual growth. His personal motto became the schools Cor ad Cor Loquitur (Heart speaking to Heart) and this flows through the life of the school. He wanted to establish an all-round education that encouraged development of body, mind and spirit, so vital for success and happiness. Set in acres of exquisite Chiltern countryside, The Oratory is centred on a traditional English country house, giving it that family ethos for which the school has always been so well known.
A teacher: pupil ratio of 8:1 and a staff nearly all living on site or in the adjacent village reinforce this emphasis on individual attention. The Academic foundations of the school are centred around the needs of the pupil as an individual. The flexibility of our curriculum allows pupils to realise their talents and develop their interests within the framework of a sound academic base. The school maintains a rolling programme of boarding and classroom refurbishment to ensure that standards are maintained to the highest level. ...Read more
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards
- Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
- Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
- Excellent performance by Boys taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCSE)
2016 Good Schools Guide Awards
- Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.
What The Good Schools Guide saysSome schools have art rooms, others may boast art departments; the Oratory says it has an art department but what it really has is a kingdom...Newly formed food council has managed to get Cocoa Pops onto the breakfast menu but on the whole one feels that the school is closer to benign dictatorship than...
Since September 2016, Mr Joseph Smith BA PGCE MEd (40s), head of the Oratory Prep since 2010, who took over after the very brief tenure of Adrian Wyles. Son of a farmer, educated at Catholic primary school and then the local comp in King’s Lynn where he says he ‘achieved despite the poor education he received’. Admits he was ‘rather lazy’ and believes that sometimes children ‘need to be compelled’ to learn. (Parents say, approvingly, that he won’t let pupils coast,...
Special Education Needs
A small team of specialist teachers withdraw pupils on a one-to-one basis mainly for specific learning difficulties.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|