Independent Schools Show - The Oratory Prep School

The Oratory Prep School

  260 Boys
  140 Girls
  400 Pupils
  Boarding & Day 
  Rural setting
  Dedicated to SpLD


Our school provides an enriched education to boys and girls aged 2 to 13. Set within 65 acres of Oxfordshire countryside with outstanding facilities, we nurture happy, balanced, confident and inquisitive children.

Our commitment to the pastoral care, wellbeing and all-round development of each child, combined with an ethos of broad-minded and inclusive learning lies at the heart of the school. This is reflected in our creation of a Deputy Head of Pastoral Care. The school strives to strike a balance between encouraging children to step out of their comfort zone, seek adventure and develop resilience, while ensuring that they feel fulfilled, secure and supported.

A focus on outdoor learning and expression through sport, music, art and drama are central to the self-confidence and self-discovery of our children. This includes Forest School from the age of two, science experiments in our Woodlands, art classes in our gardens and outdoor musical productions. Performing Arts flourishes through LAMDA, and the Distinctions across the board tell the story of further personal growth and character building among our pupils.

The school boasts an Astroturf for an array of sporting fixtures, including hockey, lacrosse and rounders. The 25 metre indoor swimming pool for Year 3 onwards is the venue for galas and a starting point for Mini-Triathlons. The smaller pool for children from Kindergarten upwards allows for weekly lessons. 

The children have so many opportunities to discover themselves and their talents through our after school activities programmes, including fencing, archery and dance, alongside clubs for art, science and decoding.  

Our popular Saturday Enrichment Programme focuses on the broader development of each individual and their horizons, offering a wealth of modules from interview practice and presentation skills, to outdoor living skills and history on their doorstep, alongside Bee keeping and cycle proficiency courses. The newly introduced Leadership Programme specifically for Year 8’s extends the range of physical and mental challenges we offer our youngsters.

The school’s Boarding House is made all the richer for its mix of nationalities with pupils in Year 4 upwards from China, Spain, France and Nigeria.

Charitable status. The Oratory Schools Association is a Registered Charity, number 309112. It exists to provide general, physical, moral and religious education for boys and girls.



Contact Information

  Goring Heath, Reading, , England, RG8 7SF

  0118 9766900




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Fees: Boarders: £7,051 (weekly boarders), £8,174 (full boarders); Day £5,481; Pre-Prep: £3,422


% to Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science: 10-20

% who go on to Art, Music, Drama, Performance colleges:  Less than 5

Pupils sent to universities outside the UK: Never/rarely

The Head:
Mr Rob Stewart

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