About Us

      What sets OLA apart from other schools is the strength of our Christian values, which are at the heart of all we do. We are incredibly proud of our distinctive family ethos and friendly atmosphere.


      Our Lady’s Abingdon is a thriving and highly-regarded independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-18 years. The school is set in pleasant grounds within walking distance of the centre of Abingdon and within a few miles of Oxford.


      Many of those who visit us remark on the happy staff/pupil relationships and the sense of community this fosters. Our ethos is inclusive and we welcome boys and girls of every faith and none. With our belief that every human being is created to become a unique person with gifts that need to be recognised and valued, OLA aims to develop the individual talents of each pupil.


      At OLA, pupils have a positive and purposeful approach to learning. Teachers inspire pupils to learn, behaviour is excellent and our small class sizes mean we are able to challenge and support according to each individual’s needs to achieve their full learning potential.


      Academically, pupils are encouraged to have high aspirations. They develop a strong sense of belonging - they are expected to contribute to school life and participate in a wide range of enrichment opportunities. Pupils leave OLA as confident, well-mannered, well-rounded and well-qualified young people ready to face the challenges of the adult world. Most of them continue their studies at the University of their choice.


      OLA is a school where success is celebrated, whether this is academic, sporting, or creative. Pupils encourage each other and take pleasure in one another’s achievements. Ours is a warm and welcoming community.


      OLA Junior School, which takes boys and girls from the age of three, is located on the same campus as the Senior School and also shares many of its facilities. Pupils make progress in a warm, safe, environment. Class sizes are small, ensuring pupils develop socially while achieving their very best academically. Almost all Junior School pupils move on to the Senior School at the age of eleven and many onto our Sixth Form thereafter, thus maximising the benefits of OLA as the only day school in Oxfordshire offering continuous education for girls and boys from 3 to 18 years old.


      OLA is a member of The Society of Heads , the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and the Catholic Independent Schools' Conference  (CISC).


      We were founded in 1860 by the Sisters of Mercy, a religious order begun in Dublin in the early nineteenth century by Catherine McAuley. Until recent times the Sisters resident in Abingdon played a major role in the life of the School, helping to strengthen the ethos of integrity and warmth that are two of its special characteristics. Governance of the school is now devolved to a body of lay trustees and there has been a lay head for many years.

      We extend an invitation to you to come and experience our unique atmosphere for yourself!


      We owe it to our pupils to help them recognise and achieve the best of which they are capable, to obtain the qualifications they need and to develop a sense of personal fulfilment.