OLA Senior School caters for boys and girls from the age of eleven. The main intake is in Year 7, but we also welcome pupils at 13+ and
Sixth Form. It is our aim to help every pupil to “be the best,” as recognised by our School Motto, “Age Quod Agis.”
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 embark on GCSE courses some of which are compulsory and others of which are chosen by the individual. Pupils normally study ten subjects at GCSE. Students in the Sixth Form embark upon A level study and preparation for university entrance. Most students study four subjects at AS and three at A2 and it is the norm for all to continue their studies at university.
A major strength of OLA is the pastoral system which was described as “outstanding” in our 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 7 through to Year 11. 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.
There are many opportunities for spiritual growth, including a programme of retreats and confirmation classes. As a Catholic School, Christian principles are at the heart of all we do, although we warmly welcome boys and girls of all faiths or none.
OLA operates a thriving House System and each pupil on entry to the School is allocated a place in one of the four houses namely; More, Rich, Bowyer and Challoner. A variety of inter-house sporting, academic and cultural activities take place throughout the year.
The Sixth Form are fully involved in the life of the School holding prefect positions including House Captains and Head and Deputy Positions. Extra-curricular activities complement the curriculum. A wide range of clubs and societies is on offer and pupils participate with success in both the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Young Enterprise Scheme, supporting the inspectors’ findings that extra-curricular provision is excellent.
For prospective pupils we offer ‘taster’ days, whereby they spend a day at OLA participating in normal school activities. We would very much like to meet you so why not come and visit us soon.