Our Lady’s Abingdon

Abingdon, Oxford

OLA is a thriving and highly-regarded independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-18 years. The school, which was founded in 1860, is set in pleasant grounds within walking distance of the centre of Abingdon and a few miles from Oxford. We welcome boys and girls of every faith and none and our ethos is inclusive. OLA aims to develop the individual talents of each pupil, believing that every human being is created to become a unique person with gifts that need to be recognised and valued. We first welcomed boys into the senior school in September 2009, when they were admitted to Year 7 and the Lower Sixth. The school is now completely co-educational.

The facilities on offer are extensive. Building programmes over recent years have provided excellent teaching facilities for subjects across the curriculum, including a spacious Sixth Form Centre. A major building programme was completed a number of years ago which included a new auditorium, drama studio, science laboratory, exhibition and reception area, teaching spaces and a library/resource centre. We have since extended our Sixth Form Centre, created and Design & Technology Suite and extended our dining area.

Key Facts

Location  Abingdon
School Status  Co-educational
Headteacher  Stephen Oliver
Available Courses  GCSE, iGCSE, A Level
Accommodation  Host Family
Facilities Swimming pool, tennis courts, playing fields for rugby and football, netball courts, sports hall, Multi-use Games area, Chapel
Unique Features Advanced Musician’s group, chamber choir, Rock group, Orchestra, Art, cookery, creative writing, Duke of Edinburgh’s, young enterprise
Academic achievements 94% of GCSE students gained 5 subjects at grade A*-C
68% of A-level students gained A*-B grades, 28% gained A*-A grades
Other achievements 2016: British Council International School Award
2016: The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) awarded OLA its Bronze Certificate in Music and ranked OLA among the top schools nationally for the subject, after more than 10% of pupils scored grades A* – C in Music at GCSE.
University Destinations Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter, Kent, Lincoln, Loughborough, Leicester, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Reading, Sheffield, London Queen Marys, Southampton, UCL, Warwick



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Educational Courses Covered

Subjects offered at GCSE are:

English, English Literature, Drama & Theatre Studies, Home Economics, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Art and Design, Design & Technology, Latin, French, German, Spanish, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PE, Religious Studies, Textiles

Students study 3 subjects to A Level. In addition, a student may be invited at the school’s discretion to study for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Subjects offered at A-level are:

English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Geography, History, French, German, Spanish, Music, PE, Business Studies, Food, Textiles, Design & Technology, Latin, Psychology

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