House Activities

The Houses are a great opportunity for pupils of all ages and interests to work together and get to know each other.

There are four Houses at OLA named after historical, humanist figures who played a key part in the school’s, local or national history.

BOWYER (yellow): Sir George Bowyer was a benefactor of the first Sisters of Mercy in Abingdon.

CHALLONER (red): Bishop Richard Challoner worked as a Catholic priest in Oxfordshire in the eighteenth century when Catholics were still discriminated against.

MORE (green): Sir Thomas More famously proclaimed himself the King’s good servant but God’s first as he refused to abandon his conscientious objection to Henry VIII as Head of the Church.

RICH (blue): Sir Edmund Rich of Abingdon became Archbishop of Canterbury and was canonised as St Edmund.

The Houses are led by House Captains who are elected from among the Lower Sixth students. The running of the Houses enables them to develop leadership and team-building skills and to work together with younger pupils. Members of staff are also attached to Houses.

The wide-ranging programme of House events and activities is co-ordinated by the Heads of Houses who liaise with staff, the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team. House meetings generally take place at least twice a term and are informal assemblies.

House activities include House Music competitions, Sports events including swimming galas and inter House football and hockey matches, quiz-based House Challenges and social events.

Pupils have also supported their Houses with fundraising activities at events such as the annual OLA PA Christmas Fair.  

The House Cup is awarded at the end of the year to the House with the most points, which also includes the tally of commendations and merits earned by pupils for their efforts with their studies and conduct around school.