The Oratory School

About The Oratory School

The Oratory School

The Oratory School is a very special place, where each pupil is known, valued, and developed as an individual. Proud of the broad and rich curriculum and strong exam results; however, an Oratory education is about developing young people in a much deeper sense than exam results alone can demonstrate. An Oratory education gives our young people every opportunity to draw out and find their individual innate talents and qualities and instils in them a sense of joy and a genuine love of learning. At The Oratory School, everyone will find their place to shine.

Strong pastoral care is at the heart of what they do. As a Catholic school that welcomes pupils of all faiths or none, visitors often comment on the inclusive family atmosphere of the school; it is this supportive environment that nurtures the confidence, self-expression, and resilience that are vital for success and happiness in the world of today.

The Oratory School want their pupils to create happy memories that will last a lifetime. By the time they leave the school at the end of Sixth Form, the pupils will have found their individual talents and passions and will have the skills and confidence needed to pursue them in the world beyond school.

Having reached their academic potential, the majority of pupils gain entry to their first choice of university, including many Russell Group universities. They then go on to pursue a wide range of exciting careers. The pupils leave the school as confident young adults, equipped not only with a well-rounded education, but also with a thirst for further learning, a strong moral compass, and lifelong friends.


Type of School Boarding and Day school. Coeducational from 2020.
School Address The Oratory School, Woodcote, Near Reading, South Oxfordshire, RG8 0PJ
Number of Pupils 250
Pupils Boys 250
Pupils Girls 0. Co-educational from 2020
Number of Boarders 135
International Boarders 65
Age Range 11 to 18
Religious Tradition Catholic
Distance from Airports

London Heathrow 33 miles (45 minute drive); Gatwick 65 miles (1.5 hour drive)

Distance from London

50 miles from Central London (1 hour drive)

School Links

The Oratory Preparatory School

Educational Programmes

GCSE, IGCSE and A Level

Co-Curricular Programmes

There are three dedicated co-curricular sessions within the timetabled week, with a vast array of opportunities to choose from for pupils in Year 9 and above, including The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and The Corps (CCF). These allow pupils the opportunity to develop as a whole person within the language of Head, Heart and Hands (Mens, Cor, Manusque). We not only encourage our pupils to develop their existing talents and interests but also to try new things and get involved with as much as they can. No one is pigeon holed, sportsmen and women can be artists, musicians and academics too. Enthusiastic participation in these activities enriches the whole educational experience at The Oratory School.