Oratory School: Reading, Berkshire, UK

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Oratory School: Reading, Berkshire, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


Oratory School in Reading, Berkshire is the boarding school for boys only in England. Oratory School is famous for great single sex education. Great location near London with good airports links. Through national research the School has been voted Sports School of the Year by Education Business Awards 2011, Best Art & Design at A-Level and Best Results for Art & Design at GCSE in an English School (Good Schools Guide 2012); Top 20 Independent Boarding Schools in the UK (Best Schools 2011);  Top 30 Boys' Independent Senior Schools in the UK (The Times 2008); Top Independent School in the UK for Sport (Daily Telegraph 2007).

We are situated in acres of beautiful English countryside with easy access to both motorways and airports including Heathrow and Gatwick. Most academic staff live on the main site or in school houses in the adjoining village.

As a school of 420 boys we provide small classes and close supervision. The Oratory has an international reputation for a first-class-all-round education and at its heart is the Christian vision of its founder, Blessed John Henry Newman. The school attracts boys from the UK and across the world, from the Catholic community and from other traditions. In 2010, Cardinal Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVl in a special Beatification Mass held at Cofton Park in Birmingham which was a very special day for the School.

Year of foundation: 1859
Some history: Oratory School in Reading is one of top UK co-educational boarding schools. The Oratory School came into being on 1st May 1859. It was founded by Blessed John Henry Newman, at the request of a group of eminent Catholic laymen of the time, in order to provide a boarding school for boys run on English public school principles for the small English Catholic community. It remained attached to the house of the Oratory Fathers in Birmingham until 1922, when it moved to what is now the BBC Monitoring Station at Caversham Park, Reading. The Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory handed over control of the School to a Governing Body in 1931, but links with the London and Oxford Oratories, as well as with the one at Birmingham, remain strong.

The School made a further move in 1942, to settle finally on its present site at Woodcote, South Oxfordshire, some 40 miles west of London. Over the last sixty years the Governing Body has developed a range of modern buildings in which to house Cardinal Newman’s idea of how to educate the young. The School now educates boys from all religious traditions.

In the 1850s Cardinal Newman was invited to establish a Catholic university in Dublin. He committed to paper his vision of education at university level in The Idea of a University. However, in setting up The Oratory School, in the day-to-day running of which he was closely involved for its first 30 years, he wrote no treatise on secondary education. The Oratory School is the organically evolving substitute for his ideas on secondary education. As the Catholic community has been absorbed into the mainstream of English society so the School now educates boys from within and outside the Catholic tradition.
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Website: http://www.oratory.co.uk

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 28 395 GBP

Day school only cost: 20 565 GBP

About the school

Long description: Sixth Form

On an academic front the following link will take you to a short guide to the Sixth Form curriculum where you will find summaries of the subjects available at A Level as well as other options. Below you will find an outline of how we help with study skills, independent learning, careers guidance and university applications. You will find that we also have a wealth of extra-curricular activities and other opportunities on offer, all of which mean that life at The Oratory can be extremely fulfilling.

The pastoral and social aspects of Sixth Form life at a school like The Oratory are an excellent preparation for life in higher education and employment where learning, cooperation and teamwork as well as self-motivation and time management in a busy boarding environment are all vitally important. The opportunity for selected boys to take on the responsibilities of prefectorial roles both within the school as a whole and within their Houses exists for those with a passion for leadership and who show that they are able to act as role models for others.

At this key stage in school life, it is good to know that there is plenty of experienced help at hand. All the staff at The Oratory are committed to giving the best and most personal advice and guidance to every boy, to help each one play to his strengths whilst trying new things, and to use well both his talents and his opportunities. Each student is not only attached to a House and therefore a Housemaster for pastoral well-being, but has an Academic Tutor to look after their development, as well as help them prepare for the next step in their lives; for most boys at The Oratory this will involve further education at university. Academic Tutors, alongside the Head of Sixth Form who oversees the academic side of the process, will work hard to assist students to develop themselves academically as well as socially to ensure as competitive a university application as possible during the first term of the Upper Sixth year.



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