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  • The London Oratory School
    Seagrave Road
    London
    SW6 1RX
  • Head: Dan Wright MA (Cantab)
  • T 020 7385 0102
  • F 020 7381 7676
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.london-oratory.org
  • A state school for boys aged from 7 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Pupils: 1,340; sixth formers: 360 (80 girls)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: September and October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 19th March 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 18th May 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

What we like particularly is the range of subjects boys are choosing to take at both GCSE and at A level.  Large numbers do maths and sciences – and a healthy helping of A*s in these subjects - but the humanities and languages are not neglected. Junior House boys are committed and robust. The day starts early with an hour’s choir practice from 8am, if you are in the Schola. This is a big rugby school with up to fourteen teams playing in Saturday fixtures.

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Latin at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Latin at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Polish at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Additional Mathematics FSMQ at an English Comprehensive School (Free standing Maths Qual Level 3)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking French at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 6 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 7 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Additional Mathematics FSMQ at an English Comprehensive School (Free standing Maths Qual Level 3)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since January 2018, Daniel Wright MA, previously deputy head of St George's College Weybridge. History degree from Cambridge; began his teaching career at Gordon's School, moving to Godalming College in 2004 as head of history then director of faculty. Took up his post at St George's in 2015.

Junior housemaster, who runs the Junior House on a day to day basis, is Pheona Mackay. She is ex-RAF and feared by the parents, though loved by the boys. ‘She obviously adores the boys,‘ said one parent, ‘but I am a bit worried about approaching her.' Her attitude appears to be that the job of educating the boys is the school's, the less interference from parents the better.

Academic matters

Junior House boys are tested at the end of each term and reports are sent...

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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