Senior School

      Welcome to our Senior School pages

      OLA Senior School welcomes boys and girls from the age of eleven, of all faiths and none. Our pastoral care was described as "outstanding"  in our most recent ISI inspection report.

      GCSE and A Level

      Years 7, 8 and 9 constitute Key Stage 3, where the preparatory work for GCSE is done. In Key Stage 4, consisting of Years 10 and 11, pupils start their GCSE courses and normally study ten subjects.

      Students in the Sixth Form embark upon A Level study and preparation for university entrance. Most students study three subjects at A Level and the vast majority carry their studies on to further education - normally University.

      Pastoral System 

      A major strength of OLA is the pastoral system, which was described as 'outstanding' in our most recent ISI Inspection Report. A Year Tutor (Head of Year) System operates, whereby the Year Tutor follows the academic progress and pastoral care of a pupil from Year 8 through to Year 11, following an initial year spent with an Induction Tutor.

      This system ensures that the tutor comes to know the child and the family extremely well. Our success in pastoral care is due to the fact that we place such an importance on the partnership between home and school. The academic and pastoral needs of the Sixth Form are catered for by a separate Head of Sixth Form.

      House System 

      OLA operates a thriving House System and each pupil on entry to the School is allocated a place in one of the four houses: More, Rich, Bowyer and Challoner. A variety of inter-house, sporting, academic and cultural activities takes place throughout the year.

      Find out more about the House System