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The Oratory School

Address: Reading RG8 0PJ, United Kingdom

Description The Oratory School

  • Established: in 1859
  • Location: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Students age: 11 to 18 years
  • Total number of students: 430 people (240 at the guesthouse)
  • Accommodation type: boarding house
  • Type of study: separate (boys only)
  • Educational programs: GCSE, A-level.

Private Oratory School offers separate education (for boys only) from 11 to 18 years on GCSE and A-level programs. This educational institution has repeatedly confirmed the quality of its academic programs and the professionalism of teachers:

  • 20th place in the national ranking of Best Schools (2009)
  • The best school in England for the teaching of design and arts (according to the Good Schools Guide for 2009)
  • The best private school in the country for physical development and athletic achievements of pupils (Daily Telegraph from 2007).

The school was founded as a Catholic school - and to this day remains committed to traditional Christian values: for example, every night before the hibernation (weekdays end at 21:30) the boys gather for a common prayer.

The total number of students reaches 420 people: they are boys (at school it is accepted separate education) from 11 to 18 years. The small size and chamberiness, compactness of the school form a favorable, friendly environment: each student is valued as an independent and unique personality with its valuable characteristics and character. Most of the students are boarders permanently residing on campus.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in The Oratory School

Program name
Date
Age
Cost
Annual
14-16
from 11 833 £ / term

GCSE

The GCSE course is designed for two academic years and for schoolchildren from 14 to 16 years (the students start preparing for the program from the age of 12). Studied as compulsory subjects (4-5), and elective disciplines, which the student can choose independently (usually 5-7 directions).

According to the statistics of the school, about 60% of students take exams for the highest scores ("excellent" and "very good"). For parents each trimester forms a full report on the academic progress, extra-curricular and academic successes of the child, as well as recommendations for further education and development. Each teacher constantly keeps in touch with parents: thanks to the individual approach (the ratio of teachers to students - 1:10), you can track the successes and difficulties of each, if necessary, quickly adjust the course and fill the gaps in knowledge.

The program includes numerous leisure, recreational activities, creative and sports faculties, various exciting excursions.

List of academic disciplines available for study at GCSE:

  • English
  • Geography
  • Theater and drama
  • Design and technology
  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages
  • Computer science
  • Personal and social development
  • Music
  • Natural science
  • English as a foreign language (for foreign students)
  • Critical thinking
  • History
  • Economics and business
  • Physical culture and sports
  • Foundations of religions (theology)
  • Computer techologies
  • Politics and political science
  • Art.
Annual
16-18
from 11 833 £ / term

A-level

The A-level program lasts 2 academic years and is designed for high school students from 16 to 18 years. This is an academically complex, intensive program with an in-depth study of a small number of subjects: usually pupils choose 5-6 disciplines (in the second year, only 3-4 remain often). Self-selection of subjects and the definition of academic profile helps to prepare as efficiently as possible for admission to the chosen specialty and faculty, giving maximum attention to priority areas of knowledge.

All students also actively develop academic skills, learn to write an expanded academic essay, to attend classes on the general theory of knowledge. The program includes numerous leisure, recreational activities, creative and sports faculties, various exciting excursions.

For parents each trimester forms a full report on the academic progress, extra-curricular and academic successes of the child, as well as recommendations for further education and development. Each teacher constantly keeps in touch with parents: thanks to the individual approach (the ratio of teachers to students - 1:10), you can track the successes and difficulties of each, if necessary, quickly adjust the course and fill the gaps in knowledge.

The school is proud that its graduates continue their studies in the best universities in the world, including the universities of the Ivy League, Cambridge and Oxford.

Disciplines are available for selection on the course:

  • Computer technologies and computer science
  • Critical thinking
  • English as a second language (for foreign students)
  • English
  • English literature
  • Economics and business
  • Physical culture and sports
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer science
  • Chemistry
  • Theater and drama
  • Design and technology
  • Modern foreign languages
  • History
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Theology (history of world religions)
  • Personal and social development
  • Art
  • Politics and political science
  • Latin.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Art and design, biology, business, chemistry, Classical civilization, design and technology, drama, economics, English, French, geography, history, Information Technology, Italian language, maths, modern languages, music, physical Culture, physics, Religious studies, Spanish

Events The Oratory School

Excellent sports infrastructure provides ample opportunities for sports development and active recreation - many students take part in school teams, perform in regional, national and even international competitions. Among the most popular  sports are the following:

  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Sporting (bench) shooting
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Horseback riding
  • Badminton
  • Netball
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Squash
  • Track and field athletics
  • Golf
  • Climbing.

There are numerous creative clubs and academic communities:

  • Rock band
  • Editorial staff of the school magazine and the newspaper
  • Choreography
  • Painting and visual arts
  • Theater and drama skills
  • Photography
  • Jazz
  • Discussion Club.

Equipment The Oratory School

The Oratory Private School is located next to the small town of Henley-on-Thames: it takes only half an hour to get to Heathrow International Airport and an hour to the center of London. In total there are 6 well-equipped buildings on the territory: the infrastructure of the institution fully meets the modern high standards.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The course price already includes:

  • Tuition on the chosen course (1 academic year - 3 terms)
  • Teaching aids, books and materials
  • Leisure and entertainment activities, excursions
  • Accommodation and meals (residence, full board).

The following components are paid additionally:

  • Registration fee
  • Studying fee
  • Examination fees
  • Additional excursions, trips and activities (optional)
  • Individual academic / language lessons (optional)
  • Roundtrips
  • Transfer to both sides
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy)
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Compulsory medical insurance.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 10000 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
university
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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