2591 QS Oratory Prep 122 Min
Boarding House
2591 QS Oratory Prep 124 Min
2591 QS Oratory Prep 120 Min

Boarding at the OPS

Boarding is an integral part of school life for children in Year 3 upwards

We provide full, weekly and flexi boarding to children from the time that they enter our Prep School (from Year 3 onwards). Interestingly, now more than ever before, there is growing popularity for boarding among our youngest Prep day pupils, aged 7 and 8 years old, who are taking full advantage of our weekly flexi-boarding programmes.

All of our weekly and full boarders, in Year 3 upwards, participate in The Enrichment Programme on a Saturday morning. Resident staff organise activities for younger children on Saturday afternoons while older children are involved with matches on a Saturday afternoon. At least twice a term, Boarding Juniors (in Years 3, 4 and 5) also have sports fixtures

On Sundays, typically boarders have a welcome sleep-in followed by an organised outing, as described further below. Mass is celebrated in the morning or evening.

During weekends, boarders also make the most of our facilities, such as the sports hall to play a range of sports and our indoor 25m pool to have fun swims. The School has 65 acres of land and boarders love spending time outdoors, exploring our woodlands, playing outside on our numerous fields, on-site adventure playgrounds and cycling around the grounds. Catch-up calls and face-time with family and friends are built into the weekday evenings and of course at weekends.

Sample Weekday Timetable

Time Activity
7.00am Wake up call by resident staff
7.30am Breakfast
8.15am Registration in class then the academic day begins
5.00pm End of the academic day.  Activities for Years 3 to 8
6.00pm Supper
6.40pm Study for Seniors; Free time and activities for Juniors
7.30pm Free time for all, or an activity
8.00pm Showers
8.15pm- 9.00pm Bedtime (time varies according to age)


Sample Weekend Routine – Saturday

Time Activity
8.00am Wake up call by resident staff
8.30am Breakfast
9.00am In-class Prep session, Enrichment Talk and Enrichment activities ranging from Bee-keeping, Science Club, and Cookery to Debating,Rowing and Gymnastics
12 noon Lunch
1.00pm- 6.00pm Sports, Activities and free time
6.00pm Supper, followed by free time and Activities
7.30pm Showers and free time
8.15pm – 9.00pm Bedtime  (time varies according to age)


Sample Weekend Routine – Sunday

Time Activity
8.30am Wake up call by resident staff
9.00am Breakfast
9.30am Free time, including emailing home and playing outside
11.30am – 4.00pm Outings e.g. to Oxford and Reading, National Parks, cinema, bowling, go-karting, ice-skating, trampolining – including lunch out
6.00pm Mass (this sometimes takes place in the morning after breakfast)
7.00pm Supper
8.15pm – 9.00pm Bedtime (time varies according to age)


Meet Our Boarding Housemaster

Ed BinhamMr Ed Binham is the Boarding Housemaster at the Oratory Prep School. He has been a teacher at the OPS for five years and as well as Boarding Housemaster is also Master-in-Charge of Rugby. He has been married to Melanie for over 7 years who has recently returned to Air Cabin Crew duties with British Airways. They have three children all loving life at the OPS Boe, Minnah and Sullivan.

Mr Binham is a Politics graduate from Loughborough and after acquiring his Master in Contemporary European Politics embarked upon a professional rugby union career spanning over a decade. Mr Binham loves being outdoors and has a wide range of sporting pastimes. Unlike his Bulldog Rocksi who is quite happy to ignore walks and sleep all day. Mr Binham has an aim of competing in the British Masters for weightlifting. Mr Binham grew up in the Midlands and is a former pupil of Blue Coat School Birmingham and Bromsgrove.

The Boarding Houseparent is supported by a large number of resident staff as well as by a full-time matron and her two assistants. The matrons look after the day-to-day needs of the children, including health matters, and oversee the organisation of the children’s clothes. The school doctor visits the school once a week, and all boarders are registered with the local surgery.