Thursday, 18 October 2018

Where pupils are prepared for challenges ahead

AS the long summer days go by and we enjoy seeing England put the Australians to

AS the long summer days go by and we enjoy seeing England put the Australians to the sword in the Ashes, here at the Oratory Preparatory School we reflect on another wonderfully happy and successful school year.

On prize-giving day we celebrated the successes and contributions of our year 8 leavers as they move on to their senior schools.

We were delighted to welcome as our guest of honour Tamara Taylor, England women’s rugby captain (and world cup winner) and former Oratory Prep pupil, to present the prizes.

Our year 8 pupils achieved a total of 14 scholarships and other awards across a range of disciplines to senior schools including The Oratory, Abingdon, Radley College (the top academic scholarship), Wellington, Marlborough, Shiplake and Queen Anne’s. This is befitting our identity as a school which aims to achieve all-round excellence.

Our pupils achieved outstanding results in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge, while in English one of our year 8s was the highest-placed recipient of an award from the United Kingdom in the prestigious Royal Commonwealth Society essay competition.

Once again our year 8 pupils took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival with a superb production of Hamlet (better even than Benedict Cumberbatch’s version!). Next year’s cohort are rehearsing Twelfth Night. Our sport has gone from strength to strength this year, both in our traditional “major” sports and in others such as cross-country and swimming in which three of our pupils finished in the top 10 nationally in their events at the prep schools finals.

Oratory Prep music is incredibly strong as anyone who was at our wonderful summer concert will testify. For many parents it was the highlight of the school calendar.

We will miss our leavers as they move on to their senior schools but I think we can feel satisfied that they have been very well prepared indeed in countless ways by their prep school for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for them.

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