The Oratory is an HMC independent day and boarding school for boys aged 11 to 18.
Set in the beautiful Chiltern countryside, we offer the best of both worlds, with easily accessible routes to London, yet breathtaking surroundings. This allows us to provide fantastic sporting facilities such as 11 pitches, six cricket squares and 12 tennis courts.
Our teaching is second to none and we are celebrating another year of excellent exam results. At A Level 40% of results were A* - A grade; for a school with a broad intake and spread of ability these are results that we are immensely proud of. Our value added results place the school in the top 3% of schools nationally.
However our focus is on developing young people in a much broader and deeper sense than exam results alone can demonstrate. We are a genuine all-round school, we believe in nurturing our boys to achieve their very best in whatever it is they set out to do. Head Master, Joe Smith, is a great advocate of this ethos, ensuring that every boy fulfils his potential in and far beyond the classroom. This is why we have such varied co-curricular activities, with over 50 different clubs and societies available to help each boy realise his passion.
We are a Catholic school, and welcome boys of all faiths or none into our supportive community where boys from all backgrounds are inspired to learn and grow. We take time to make sure each and every boy is a known and valued member of the school. As our ISI report states, we are “highly successful in creating an atmosphere of friendship, cheerfulness and collegiality”.
Whether you’re looking for boarding, day, weekly or flexi options, we offer it all. We are happy to discuss any transport requirements and will work hard to cater to your individual needs.
Our admissions procedure is simple. Once you’ve filled out a registration form we maintain constant communication, aiming for a seamless and stress-free process. For 11+ entry your son will be invited to sit our 11+ entrance exam. For entry at 13+ boys will be invited to sit the ISEB Common Pre-test in Year 7 followed by the ISEB Common Entrance in Year 8. Should your son have particular talents academically or in sport, music, art or drama, he may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We’d be more than happy to show you around our wonderful school so do not hesitate to get in touch.
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