Why Choose The OPS?

Why Choose The OPS?

There are so many factors to consider when choosing a school for your child and for you as a family. We hope that the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) set out further below help answer some of the questions you might have.

A fundamental reason parents choose The Oratory Prep School is the extent of the warmth and reassurance that we offer throughout the admissions process.

The key reasons set out below convey not just what we think sets our school apart but what our parents and prospective parents have told us were deciding factors in selecting The Oratory Prep School:

  • Co-ed with an almost even ratio of boys and girls across all year groups
  • Guaranteed small class sizes
  • Day with flexi-boarding, weekly and full boarding options – boarding
  • Catholic ethos and values underpinning school life despite almost 70% of OPS families having different faiths or none
  • Wraparound care provision for our youngest pupils
  • Highly reputed senior schools in close proximity to the school
  • Preparation for a wide range of day and boarding senior schools – leavers destinations
  • The range of senior school scholarships and exhibitions awarded to our pupils – awards and scholarships  
  • Outstanding weekday extra-curricular programme and optional Saturday provision through The Newman Programme
  • A commitment to individual all-round development and personal achievement as much as academic rigour and results
  • Extensive grounds and school facilities including science labs, a 300 seater Theatre and indoor swimming pools
  • Calibre of sports staff and commitment to competitive sport for all ages and abilities
  • Unrivalled outdoor space with 65 acres for all of our pupils to explore and enjoy, including woodlands, natural ponds, fire pits and bee hives
  • Dedicated Forest School with weekly lessons for every age group
  • Less than an hour to central London and major airports



What is the first step in the admissions process?

Our Registrar, Hannah Thomas, on 0118 976 6924 would love to chat to you so that we can offer you a personalised visit, or you can email her at h.thomas@oratoryprep.co.uk. Alternatively, you can complete our web enquiry form to arrange a visit.


Do we have to register our child before we visit?

You are not obliged to register your child at the school before visiting, but in advance of your child coming for their ‘taster’ experience at the school.

There is a non-refundable registration fee and an Admission form to be completed to formally register your child.

Registration is offered on a ‘first come first served’ basis and does not guarantee a place at the school. Please refer to our Admissions Booklet as well as our Equal Opportunities Policy for more information on our admissions process by clicking here.

Are you a selective school?

We are not a selective school and do not have entrance requirements, as such. However, we want to be sure that your child can access the curriculum fully, truly thrive and meet their full potential, in all aspects of their education  at the school. In instances where we consider that we are not the right school, we do our utmost to support parents in identifying an alternative school.

Can children join your school before they are two years old?

Children can join our Little Oaks Nursery from the half term after they turn two.

How long is the school day?

It depends on the age of your child. The school days starts at the same time for all pupils, at 8.20am. From Nursery to Year 2, the school day finishes at 3.30pm with an extra-curricular programme running from 4.00pm – 5.00pm and after school provision until 6.00pm.

From Years 3 – 8, the school day ends at 5.00pm with an extra-curricular programme running from 5.00pm – 6.00pm every day except Wednesday.

Do you offer wraparound care?

We offer wraparound care to children in Nursery and Kindergarten, from 7.30am to 6.00pm, and breakfast club from 7.30am to class registration at 8.15am.

Please follow this link which will give you a cost and also a breakdown of all other fees, from morning sessions to long day sessions (7.30am to 6.00pm) – School Fees

Is your school registered with the Government's tax-free childcare scheme?

Yes it is, and for more details please contact our Registrar, Hannah Thomas, on 0118 976 6924 or email h.thomas@oratoryprep.co.uk

Are pupils eligible to receive the Government's universal 15 hours of Early Education Funding?

Yes, from the term after a child turns three until they enter into Reception.

The Local Authority provides some funding to the school to enable us to offer a maximum of 570 hours per year of free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds. This can be taken either as 15 hours per week over 38 weeks (“Term-Time Only” (TTO) or can be “stretched” over the 50 weeks that Little Oaks is open as 11.82 hours per week.

Please note that this funding does not cover any additional extras or services, such as specialist teachers and classes, educational visitor(s), swimming, music, dance, Forest School, lunches, snacks, milk, consumables etc. These costs are averaged and charged as “Additional Charge” at £3.70 per funded hour.

For more details please contact our Registrar, Hannah Thomas, on 0118 976 6924 or email at h.thomas@oratoryprep.co.uk

Do you run a Breakfast Club?

Yes, we run a Breakfast Club every weekday from 7.30am to 8.15am for children in all year groups.

Where can I purchase school uniform?

Schoolblazer www.schoolblazer.com is our uniform provider. For a full listing of uniform requirements depending on the year group your child is entering, follow this link to our Parent Handbooks – Early Years and Year 1 – 8 Handbook, which are available on our website. Members of our parent body also run an on-site second hand uniform shop.

Does the school offer a transport service?

Yes and you can find the information about our transport service by clicking here

Does the school offer holiday camps and are they only for pupils at the school?

A company called Star Hotshots run an array of activities at the school including sport and arts and crafts. Lots of children from other schools also attend. You can book a place for your child via the Hot Shots website www.star-hotshots.co.uk

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