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Never let it be said that an OPS parent is a quiet, retiring one – by all accounts they’re a vocal bunch who want a good bang for their buck, but we are assured that new head is doing a fine job of ‘keeping a lid on the pot’ of those who regularly attend his weekly Thursday head master’s coffee mornings. Performance ‘a big thing’ at OPS, says head. ‘Almost everyone’ sings in the non-selective senior choir, although choristers, of course, audition and ‘are quite another thing altogether’. In the words of one parent: ‘OPS is a school for all sorts of children’. 

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We are a school which is not only Catholic but catholic, in that we are inclusive and all-embracing. We see value and worth, skills and talents in everyone, whatever their denomination or faith. We are concerned for the whole child, not just in the classroom but in every aspect of their daily lives. This is the ethos which makes us such an attractive school, not just to parents from a Catholic background but to parents who want their children to be educated in a supportive and nurturing family environment, where every child is valued. ...Read more

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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. Drawn to teaching by love of academia; first post at Ampleforth where he taught RS for five years before moving to Eton in 2001. During his tenure of some 16 years (‘I loved it – but you have to be careful not to stay there too long’) he coached rugby and cricket, was head of divinity and ultimately a housemaster and master in charge of Roman Catholics. Open and business like, 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. So far, so good, say parents: ‘he’s, sincere, highly visible and...

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