We are a one form entry Roman Catholic primary school located in the heart of Chelsea, just a short distance from the Kings Road. Ours is a very close community; our ‘Oratory School Family’ is made up of wonderful children, enthusiastic parents, a dedicated staff and supportive governors and trustees. We work in a spirit of trust and collaboration to ensure our pupils achieve the very best they can academically, and to equip them to become faithful Catholics, loving and considerate with others, and keen to make the most of the years which stretch before them to do good.
We opened just over 150 years ago as the first free Catholic primary school in London. The school is in the Trusteeship of the Oratory Fathers and Catholicism infuses its life, from Reception to Year 6. Our chaplain visits several times a week and holds regular Masses in school. First Communion and the Leavers’ Mass are two of our biggest annual events. Above all, Christ’s message is expressed in the kindness children are taught to show each other; not only in the particular importance we put on Juniors looking after Infants in our Owl and Owlet programme, but in everyday behaviour. This makes for a welcoming, happy school with children and families of many different kinds. Many different nationalities are represented on our school roll, and International Week is a carnival of national costumes, stories and food.
There is an enthusiastic Parents’ Association, workshops about developments in education for parents, termly meetings for them with class teachers and a Parent Forum for parents to air any concerns. We are very proud of our academic record, bringing the best from children of all abilities, while at the same time placing tremendous importance on the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of our pupils.
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you, and thank you for taking an interest in our small, but very special school.
Jane Griffiths, Headteacher