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The Oratory Prep School is a Catholic day and boarding school for boys and girls from 2 to 13 which welcomes children of all denominations and faiths. Set in extensive grounds between Reading and Oxford, with exceptional sports facilities, the School offers an extensive academic curriculum, a wide-ranging activity programme and a high quality of pastoral care.

Co-educational day and boarding

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Head's welcome

Welcome from the Headmaster

I am delighted to welcome you to The Oratory Prep School. It is certainly a very special place, which holds the children at its core. They all benefit from an excellent education enriched by our outstanding facilities, set within 65 acres of Oxfordshire countryside.

“How can you say, ‘The sky’s the limit’ when there are footsteps on the moon?”

The quote above epitomises education for me and for our school. All children are unique, special, and have their own talents and gifts. Here at The Oratory Prep School, we look forward to working with you and your child to ensure that his or her learning journey continues – not only in a way that challenges them intellectually, but in a manner that inspires their curiosity and enables them to dream.

Our impressive scholarship record provides testament to the hard work of the whole school family and, whilst our vision is to provide outstanding learning opportunities for all, we are conscious of the importance to strike the right educational balance, so that our children are prepared for their future endeavours, whilst very much enjoying the journey that they are embarking on. This is crucial in our ever-changing global climate.

At The Oratory Prep School, we are proud of the work of all our children and are passionate about ensuring their emotional and social wellbeing, so that they can thrive in the classroom and in a variety of other fields – whether in Orchestra, Choir or on the Rugby field. Our Co-Curricular offer will, I’m sure, continue our drive for excellence and curiosity.

The privilege of the dedicated staff team is to inspire all our children to dream. Through our positive relationships and collective hard work, we strive for these dreams to become a reality.

I look forward to welcoming you all into the OPS family.

Mr Andrew De Silva


The School aims:

  • To respect each child as an individual and give each child the confidence and self esteem to develop his or her talents to the full.
  • To develop the whole child: Intellectually, morally, socially, spiritually, aesthetically and physically.
  • To develop and effective three-way partnership between children, parents and school.