The Oratory R.C. Primary and Nursery is a popular, oversubscribed, one form entry school centrally located in the City of Birmingham, serving Ladywood and the outskirts of Edgbaston.
We are blessed to have children and families from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds who bring a depth and richness to our school family. At the Oratory everyone is welcome. Everyone belongs.
Our school moved to its current location in November 1976 originally being known as The Oratory Mission Roman Catholic School when it opened in 1856 on Hyde Road. The school has undergone a number of significant changes during the past 162 years from being a Boy’s School to a Secondary Modern School with an Infant and Junior School to the school it is today.
We are proud and respectful of our historical links and strong partnership with our parish church, The Oratory Church of the Immaculate Conception and its community led by Father Ignatius Harrison (Provost). Father Anton Guziel, (Parish Priest) is our School Chaplain and Chairman of the Governing Board.
Our children lead midday Mass on several Sundays throughout the year. Key Stage 2 children lead Mass on a class basis in the Shrine of Blessed John Henry Newman on a Friday morning. Our children are well supported by their families, staff and parishioners through their journey of faith which includes Sacramental preparation, Benediction, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and regular professions of Faith, for example participation in the annual May Procession, and Corpus Christi Procession following First Holy Communion, through the streets of Ladywood and Edgbaston.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit has 30 children in Reception and a Nursery which operates on a morning only basis and can accommodate 26 children. It is usual for at least two thirds of our Nursery children to move into our Reception class. In the main school we have capacity for 180 children from Year 1 to Year 6, 30 children in each year group.
On average 40% of our children are or have been eligible for Free School Meals during the past six years, 23% require SEND support (including Nursery) and 52% of our children’s first language is believed not to be English.
We have developed highly effective working partnerships to ensure continuous and rigorous school improvement whilst enhancing the Oratory’s strong culture of unconditional support for our children, families and staff where all welcome constructive criticism and challenge to fulfil our God given potential. Key partnerships include: Caritas Christi in Urbe, Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP), Centre for the use of Research and Evidence in Education (CURRE) under the direction of Rebecca Raybould and Achievement for All.