The attraction of OLA

OLA offers a distinctive combination of factors that enables our pupils to thrive: 

1. OLA is a small, friendly co-educational school for 3-18’s, providing students with a wide range of opportunities to shine and represent the school. These opportunities – not so readily available in larger schools where there is greater competition – build confidence through the chances they offer for personal growth and leadership. 

2. Our small class sizes significantly increase academic progression and attainment through personalised teaching in small groups. 

3. Our highly praised pastoral care supports and encourages pupils’ development, both personally and academically. 

4. The high personal values we instil, informed by our Catholic Christian ethos, develop in our students the values of integrity, compassion, openness, forgiveness and courage. 

These benefits are attractive to many parents who want to give their child the best start in life. But what do you do if your financial situation means that you cannot afford OLA’s fees?

Bursary Availability

We are always keen to welcome into the OLA community boys and girls with potential to contribute to the ethos and life of the School.

To assist families who are interested in joining but are unable to afford full fees, we have available a range of bursaries that provide financial assistance.

How to apply for a Bursary

To apply for a bursary at either our Junior or Senior School please complete the bursary application form. 

Completed forms should be returned to:

Mr Prav Karian – Director of Finance and Operations
Email: DFO@olab.org.uk
Post: Our Lady’s Abingdon School, Radley Road, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX14 3PS

Junior and Senior School Bursary Application Deadlines

The closing date for Senior School Bursary Applications for pupils requesting to start in September 2020 is Friday 29 November 2019. 

Applicants for Year 7 and Year 9 will be required to take an entrance examination on Monday 6 January 2020. The Bursary Committee will then meet to make its final decision. For successful candidates, offer letters will be available from Friday 24 January 2020. 

Funds and places permitting, applications for Senior School bursaries received later than 29 November 2019 will receive a decision as quickly as possible following the scheduling of an examination, interview and submission of a bursary application form. 

Applications for Junior School bursaries can be made at any time in the school year. Once your child has been invited to the school for an assessment, a decision will be made as to whether a place and financial assistance can be offered.

Granted Bursaries

The value of a bursary will be re-assessed annually and may go up or down depending on current family circumstances. 

The continuation of a bursary is dependent upon good school reports for effort, participation and behaviour.

Existing Pupils

The school will at any time consider a Bursary application in respect of an existing pupil if their future education is jeopardised by unforeseen financial problems. Preference will be given to any pupil who is at a sensitive stage in his/her school career.


If you have any questions regarding our bursary procedure please contact:

Mr Prav Karian
Director of Finance and Operations
Tel: 01235 524658
Email: DFO@olab.org.uk