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Welcome to The London Oratory School

Founded in 1863 by the Fathers of the Oratory, The London Oratory School is one of England's oldest and most distinguished Catholic state-funded boys’ schools. Girls are admitted into the sixth form. Importantly, in partnership with parents, the School aims through a Christ-centred curriculum, to develop young men and women of faith, good character, strong intellect and generous spirit, who will be able to move confidently into the world and who will use their talents and gifts to lead and serve others. Our four tenets of scholarly attainment, spiritual awareness, personal growth and service remain at the core of day-to-day activities.

The London Oratory School is a strong academic school. We ensure that all pupils who attend the school have the opportunity to maximise their academic potential and their talents and abilities in a vast range of activities outside of the curriculum, in local, national and international settings. Our performance in public examinations is consistently outstanding and our pupils excel academically in comparison to all other pupils nationally, both in terms of progress and attainment.

We are proud of our pupils’ successes. We are dedicated to celebrating achievement, creativity and effort across a vast range of academic and co-curricular pursuits. Our appeal as a school rests in our strong sense of faith community, the values we strive to maintain, our commitment to realising the potential of each and every young man and woman in our care, and in providing a balanced education that addresses the academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of our pupils' lives.

We have the highest expectations of all of our pupils and expect each to demonstrate outstanding levels of attendance, appearance, courtesy, respect and work ethic throughout their time at the school.

Located in the heart of Fulham, with excellent transport connections, we are a London-wide school for Catholic families. As you browse through this site, and I hope that you will take the time to do so, you will discover that The London Oratory School is more than simply a school.

Mr D McFadden

About us

In the sixth form, most pupils taking advanced courses are expected to take four subjects, three of which will be at A level and one at Advanced Subsidiary level, although some pupils may take four subjects to A level. Full details of the minimum GCSE qualifications required of the pupils taking an advanced course are published separately.

The A level courses normally include: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, ICT, Design and Technology, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Spanish and Theology.

All sixth formers, other than those taking Theology at A level or AS level, follow a general religious education programme in the sixth form.

All able pupils are expected to aim for university places. The school has well established links with several Oxford and Cambridge colleges

Facilities available

The main school buildings were designed by David Stokes, RIBA. Between 1989 and 1996 a new chapel, arts centre and Junior House, designed by Richard Hazle, RIBA, were added, much of the original building remodelled and a passenger lift installed near the main entrance to enable pupils with mobility problems to have access to all floors in the main school.

The main block is on four floors in the form of a square. On the ground floor, the gymnasium and a large sixth-form study room are surrounded by classrooms, swimming pool, changing rooms, multigym, individual tuition rooms and the staff common-room.

On the first floor are the sixth-form common room, classrooms and a computer laboratory. The normal teaching rooms are on the second floor and on the third floor there are ten science laboratories, completely refitted to provide more accessible bench space, which are ideal for teaching and supervising pupils working individually or in groups.

Covered bridges join the first and second floors to the house block where the housemasters' rooms and the six house rooms, one for each house, are located. The house rooms are used as dining rooms, each having its own servery, with lifts to the kitchens on the lower ground floor.

To the south of the other two blocks is the Chapel and a block housing the technology rooms, which includes the main computer laboratory, two other computer laboratories, the careers room and the library. Between this and the enclosed swimming pool lies a landscaped courtyard and a wide covered way. The swimming pool has facilities for diving and sub-aqua swimming.

The main entrance is at the north east corner of the main block and it leads also to the administrative rooms. The school is fortunate in having many fine trees and in being able to keep these while also having a good play area marked for ball games and tennis courts. Recently an area of astro turf has been laid in conjunction with three fold away cricket nets.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The London Oratory School directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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