Blessed John Henry Newman
Cardinal Newman believed very strongly when he wrote The Idea of a University that the first step in intellectual training was, ‘to impress upon a boy’s mind the idea of science, method, order, principle and system, of rule and exception, of richness and harmony’.
This is a rule that is still followed today by The Oratory School, South Oxfordshire, the only school to be founded by Blessed John Henry Newman, one of the greatest intellectual and spiritual leaders of the nineteenth century. For the last thirty years of his life he taught and worked in his beloved school and gave it his motto: Cor ad Cor Loquitur (Heart speaks to Heart). The school motto both reveals the strength of purpose and the sensitivity that lies at the centre of this unique foundation. Today, Newman’s school ensures there is a close monitoring of work, with an academic programme designed to provide the widest choice possible. Boys are encouraged to achieve the highest standards in every area of school life and the development of leadership skills play an important part in this grounding. On site facilities include a Sports Centre, with a brand new gym and ergo room, a nine-hole golf course, extensive rugby and cricket pitches, tennis courts, an indoor shooting range and one of only four Real Tennis courts in the country.
An active Sixth Form provides close academic monitoring, interview training, study skills, work experience and individual guidance. This year every Oratory boy has been successful in gaining a University place.
The Oratory School: 'A great place to develop self-confidence and a faith in the nobler things of life.'
(Good Schools Guide)