The Oratory school in South Oxfordshire has announced it will admit girls from September 2020.
Announcing the decision the headmaster, Joe Smith, said: “We are delighted to be making this announcement and excited to be able to offer families of girls and boys alike our unique Oratory education. By extending our vibrant provision we will be providing an outstanding preparation for our pupils in what lies beyond The Oratory.”
In a statement the school said: “The Oratory has a long tradition of providing pupils at the school with a warm and purposeful educational environment and has now decided to offer The Oratory’s excellent educational and pastoral opportunities to both boys and girls. Looking at the needs and demands of future and current pupils and their parents, together with the changing world in which we live, the school is of the view that coeducation will best serve its pupils and their families from 2020 and for generations to come.”
Matthew Stilwell, Chair of Governors, said: “Many of the families who enquire about a place at The Oratory already have children in coeducational schools, including of course The Oratory Prep School, and we have seen that parents are increasingly looking for a family-based school which can serve daughters and sons at one school.”
Between now and 2020 the school will refurbish St Philip House as a boys and girls Junior House, and another existing boarding house for girls in Year 9 and above.