Our Lady’s Abingdon

What makes Our Lady’s Abingdon different? We are a small school, big enough to offer a wide range of subjects and activities, but at the same time small enough to mean that is known, valued and cared for from the moment they join us to when they finish their school education.

The size of the school also means pupils have every chance of being given regular opportunities to represent OLA in a wide range of activities. The co-curricular experience we offer is not just an “add on”, but an essential part of day to day school life. All pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of confidence-developing activities, including sport, drama, art, music, academic competitions and more.

There is a large number of clubs and many academic and extra-curricular trips. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is very popular, drama and art particularly strong and our musical productions are legendary.

Our class sizes are deliberately kept small, reflecting our excellent pupil/teacher ratio. This applies to all year groups, ensuring that children receive individual attention throughout their time at the school. Our teachers ignite pupils with fun and innovative learning, ensuring that they are fully engaged in the academic life of the school.

Particularly important is the “Value Added” OLA gives. “Value Added” assesses what pupils achieve against baseline expectations. The Department for Education ranks OLA in the top five per cent of the country for Value Added, an exceptional achievement. What OLA is most famous for is our outstanding system of highly praised pastoral care. At our last full inspection, our pupils said “the school is a safe environment physically and emotionally due to the excellent pastoral care system in place where safeguarding pupils is given the highest priority”

As a Catholic school with a strong Christian ethos, we welcome pupils of all faiths and none, creating a sense of an extended family. We see each child as a unique person, with gifts and talents to be nurtured, developing in our pupils such key qualities as integrity, compassion and courage.

We also offer you the chance to transform your child’s future by starting your gifted and talented child’s education journey with a bursary or a scholarship.

If you would like to find out more, please contact our Admissions team.

01235 544808