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Supporting The Oratory School

Heart Speaks to Heart Campaign

With growing pupil numbers; academic and sporting success; and a continued reputation for excellence, we launch the Heart Speaks To Heart campaign from a position of strength. We recognise and embrace the changing world around us and look forward to continuing to enrich the lives of current and future pupils.

However we need the support of the affectionately named ‘Oratory family’. With your help we can leave a legacy which we can enjoy and of which everyone can be proud, ensuring that The Oratory remains a beacon for truly outstanding education for generations to come.

Joe Smith, Head Master

Ways to donate

Bursaries Fund

Kindest Hearts, Brightest Minds - increasing opportunities for young people

Increasing our bursary provision is the right thing to do morally and spiritually. Bursaries are an investment in the life of a child and we aim to focus our support on children for whom the chance of an Oratory education would be a transformative prospect. Those children who will flourish individually but also whose presence will broaden diversity within the school and have a positive impact on the experience of others at The Oratory. In fact, the benefits ripple far beyond the school grounds as bursary recipients often inspire family members and young people in their home communities to follow in their footsteps. 

Shrine to St John Henry Newman in memory of Fr Antony Francis Maximilian Conlon, Priest

In October 2019 St John Henry Newman was raised to the altar when he was canonised in Rome by Pope Francis. This was the first English saint not to be a martyr since the Fourteenth Century, and made The Oratory School the first English school to be founded by a saint in a thousand years. Our celebrations turned to sadness when, six months later, we learned of the death of Fr Antony Conlon, our former Chaplain, 2001-14. Fr Antony had for those thirteen years led the spiritual life of The Oratory School and in the process forged close relationships with pupils, staff, and parents. In his early years he re-established the old chapel (St Joseph's) as a place of worship, renovating it to become the beautiful place of prayer it is today. He also, in his later years, set about improving the aesthetics of the main chapel, commissioning a new high altar to assist the dignity of worship in our whole school masses and vespers. The Oratory School would like to establish a permanent shrine to St John Henry Newman in our main chapel on the north side of the sanctuary (left as you look at the altar), which we hope will be followed by a shrine on the south side to our Patron, St Philip Neri. This was part of the vision Fr Antony had for the chapel but was unable to complete before he left to become the local parish priest in 2014. We would like to be able to dedicate this shrine to the memory of Fr Antony, thus appropriately commemorating our founder in memory of a much loved chaplain. Each shrine would cost in the region of £10,000. We have secured some funding to make a start but would welcome donations in memory of Fr Antony in order to complete the first phase of this project which, we hope, will bring students, staff, and parents closer to devotion to both our founder and our patron. Should you have any questions about the project please contact Fr David Elliott at

Case for Support Brochure

Greatest Need Fund

Gifts towards the school's greatest current need not only provides a much more secure footing for us to plan ahead, it enables the school to respond swiftly and flexibly to changing circumstances. Your donation, combined with those of others, will make a significant and immediate impact upon the quality of the school experience for our pupils.

The Oratory Endowment Fund

This fund has been established with the intention to grow the fund to the size where it can generate substantial interest and provide sustainable unrestricted funding for many future generations. By choosing this fund you will truly be helping to secure the future of The Oratory. 

Legacy Giving

Making your contribution

We understand that many people cannot give to The Oratory during their lifetime. Leaving a gift in your Will allows you to make a charitable contribution at no cost to yourself today.

For those who have already given or plan to give in your lifetime, a gift in your Will can be the opportunity to make a more substantial final donation.

Your legacy in perpetuity

Those who choose to leave a bequest to The Oratory – or indeed give a major contribution in their lifetime, may specify that this is put into the school’s newly created Endowment Fund. This has been established with the intention to grow the fund to the size where it can generate substantial interest and provide sustainable unrestricted funding for many future generations.

A specific fund

Alternatively, you can choose for your bequest to be spent immediately. Our Greatest Need Fund allows us to respond to the greatest need of the school by directing funds towards priority areas.

Why I am supporting The Oratory School, by John Connelly (OS 1962-64) 

"Choosing to leave a legacy to The Oratory was a very easy decision for me to make; I thoroughly enjoyed my time at school and wanted to give back. The fact that my gift will be put into the newly created endowment fund was very important to me. This means that my gift is helping to secure the future of the school long after I have died. 

In years to come, legacies and voluntary income will grow the fund to a size where it will provide sustainable funding for future generations. Future generations of young people who will benefit from the opportunities I received, who can excel in rugby and cricket like I did, who can fulfil their potential and make lifelong friends. 

Leaving a bequest is a highly personalised decision and I have chosen to leave a lump sum (a pecuniary legacy) and a residuary legacy, which ensures that my beneficiaries have been taken care of. I would encourage you to leave a bequest to The Oratory, at no cost to yourself today, so you can help future generations of young people thrive and ensure that The Oratory will remain at the forefront of outstanding education."

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