Welcome to Our Lady’s Abingdon, Oxfordshire’s leading co-educational Catholic day school.
I joined OLA in 2012, a few years after the school started admitting boys to the Senior School.
OLA was founded in 1860 by the Sisters of Mercy and has been a beacon of Oxfordshire education ever since. We are marked out from other schools by our genuinely nurturing and supportive environment. True to the spirit of our founders and our Catholic ethos, we care very much for the individual child, drawing out the talents each one has. This leads our students to achieve some exceptional academic results, guided as they are throughout their time at the school by our caring and dedicated teachers.
We believe in forming the whole person, stretching pupils academically but also fostering their enthusiasms, whether these are sporting, musical, dramatic or any of the many other possibilities available at OLA. The motto of our school, age quod agis – ‘whatever you do, do it well’ – sums up this approach. Students leave the school as well-rounded, thoughtful individuals, imbued with the key quality of emotional intelligence so valued in today’s employment world.
OLA has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence combined with outstanding pastoral care. Integral to our approach here are small class sizes, along with many and varied opportunities for our pupils to shine in a range of activities.
Our 2018 GCSE results were some of the best we have ever achieved. 50% of Grades were A* and A (Grades 9 - 7). 14% of these were Grade 9, compared with 4.5% for the country as a whole, with 31% at Grades 8 and 9. This is an outstanding achievement, given that our pupils start OLA with a wide range of abilities, and shows the outstanding ‘Value Added’ that we give them.
Our Upper Sixth leavers regularly go on to a wide range of universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and many leading Russell group institutions. Among them we have medics, vets, scientists and artists, the range of subjects here reflecting the breadth of interests encouraged at OLA. Our co-curricular programme is equally broad and is an integral part of the education that students receive at OLA, not just an add-on to what happens in the classroom.
In short, OLA is a school where your child will achieve more than you would ever have imagined possible. Come and visit us soon to find out more: I look forward to welcoming you.
Stephen Oliver, Principal