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Parents report ‘incredibly high’ workloads for the most able pupils – ‘a great deal is expected of them’ – with a far more nurturing approach to those less academically inclined. Technology used lightly where appropriate – pupils love the ‘pebble pads’ voting tool in history. Unashamedly ‘outdoorsy’, according to head (thank goodness for the sensible winter uniform of roll neck jumper atop shorts and kilts rather than shirt and tie), a plethora of activities awaits pupils at the end of their school day and if that’s still not enough older years can choose to take part in the optional Saturday morning enrichment programme...

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The Oratory Preparatory School was founded by John Henry Newman whose vision was one of an all-round education - developing each child’s mind, body and soul.

Newman’s vision and the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness are key to shaping the moral awareness and convictions of our pupils. In all that the school does and teaches, children grow and learn under the founder’s motto of ‘cor ad cor loquitur’ – Heart speaks to heart.

We welcome children from all faiths or none and teach understanding and respect for the beliefs of others and different ways and places of worship, including visits to Gurdwaras and Synagogues.
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Since 2017, Robert Stewart (40s) BA PGCE. Educated at Dragon School and St Edwards, Oxford then theology degree from Durham followed by PGCE at Queens’, Cambridge and later a Masters in education management at King’s College London. First post at Ampleforth before moving to Eton in 2001. During his tenure of some 16 years he coached rugby and cricket, was head of divinity and ultimately a housemaster and master in charge of Roman Catholics. Open and businesslike, still with shades of public school formality but on his way to getting to grips with the cosy charisma required of a seasoned prep school stalwart. ‘Sincere, highly visible and approachable,’ say parents.

Was ‘immediately impressed’ by staff upon arrival, so was it a case of a new broom doing the proverbial at...

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Special Education Needs

The school has its own full-time special needs co-ordinator to cater for children with learning difficulties, and this support is furthered by other visiting specialist teachers. Where necessary, pupils may be withdrawn from class to receive special tuition. We regard it as our duty to satisfy the educational needs of all children in the school, including those who are particularly gifted academically or in any other area of activity which the school can foster.

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