Welcome to OLA

Thank you for visiting our website. On this page you will find an introduction to all we provide to help children become confident, well-mannered, well-rounded and well-qualified young people ready to face the challenges of the adult world.


Our Lady’s Abingdon School (OLA) has a well-deserved reputation for providing academic excellence for boys and girls aged 7 to 18. Most of our students go on to continue their studies at the university of their choice.


Our Lower School, Senior School and Sixth Form are located on a single site with adjacent sports playing field, within easy walking distance of Abingdon Town Centre.

School Transport

We provide transport to school for pupils from locations across South Oxfordshire making it easy to be part of our community. 

What makes us different?

We are a small school with a friendly culture which provides many opportunities for children to represent the school in sport, music, drama and more.

Our class sizes are small providing more personalised tuition which delivers higher individual academic growth.

We are well known for our high levels of pastoral care which support the growth and development of every child.

We focus on high personal values which enable children to increase in confidence, integrity and compassion.

And we welcome boys and girls of every faith and none. 

Visit Us 

Why not come and see us in action by arranging a private visit or attending one of our regular Open Days.

Request a Prospectus

Our prospectus provides an introduction to our Lower School, Senior School and Sixth Form. 

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Contact Us 

Please enjoy browsing through our website. If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be very happy to help.

We hope to see you very soon. 


OLA is a member of The Society of Heads and the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference (CISC).


OLA was founded in 1860 by the Sisters of Mercy, a religious order which begun in Dublin in the early nineteenth century led 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.