Oratory School

Specimen Entrance Papers

All students are recommended the ISEB pre-test for potential entry to Oratory School

11+ English Practice Paper

Comprehension

11+ English Practice Paper

Comprehension

11+ English Practice Paper

Comprehension

11+ English Practice Paper

Comprehension

About Oratory School

The Oratory School is a coeducational independent Roman Catholic day and boarding school for pupils aged 11–18 located in Woodcote, 6 miles (9.7 km) north-west of Reading. Founded in 1859 by Saint John Henry Newman, The Oratory has historical ties to the Birmingham Oratory and is the only school founded by Newman. Although a separate entity from the nearby Oratory Preparatory School, it shares a common history. Saint John Henry Newman founded the school with the intention of providing boys with a Roman Catholic alternative to Eton College. According to the Good Schools Guide, the school “enjoys inspirational leadership, has achieved GSG ‘overall best in UK’ for three years running and is consistently at the top of the tree”, with “state-of-the-art” boarding facilities and an ongoing refurbishment programme under way.

The Oratory School was founded in 1859. The first boys arrived before work began on 1 May that year. The objective was to provide a Roman Catholic alternative to other schools, particularly for the sons of converts from Anglicanism who considered existing Catholic schools culturally and socially inferior.

The school was originally located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, attached to the Birmingham Oratory Fathers’ House and the Oratory Church. In 1923, under pressure for additional space, it moved to Caversham Park, a Victorian stately home near Reading. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, that property was requisitioned by the government, initially with the intention of being used as a hospital, but in the event being purchased in 1941 by the BBC as a base for its Monitoring Service. The school acquired a new site not far away in Woodcote, where it has remained ever since.

Address : Reading RG8 0PJ, United Kingdom

Headmaster / Headmistress

Joe Smith

Applying ToOratory School

To register and for information for Oratory School year 9 Entry click here

https://www.oratory.co.uk/admissions/how-to-apply

For 2021 Entry into Oratory School year 9 will use the ISEB Pre-test.

Registration Deadlines & Examination Dates

The deadline for registration is by Tuesday 31 March 2020. The ISEB Pre-test can be taken in their Year 6 or 7 until June 30.

In addition to the ISEB test, candidates will be invited for an interview with the Headmaster after taking the examination. They will offer a place after this interview and you will be asked to commit to this place when the candidates reach their Year 7.

About the ISEB Common Pre-test

The tests take about two-and-a-half hours to complete (English 25 minutes, mathematics 50 minutes, non-verbal reasoning 32 minutes, verbal reasoning 36 minutes) and can be taken together or at separate times, either in the candidate’s own school or at the senior school for which he or she is entered

ISEB Pre-Test Format:  

The test is taken on a computer and consists of multiple-choice questions. It is broken down into four parts: 

  1. English – 25 minutes(reading comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation) 
  2. Mathematics – 50 minutes(in line with Year 5 of the UK National Curriculum) 
  3. Non-Verbal Reasoning – 32 minutes(shape analogies, classes like, horizontal codes) 
  4. Verbal Reasoning – 36 minutes(common words, antonyms, word combinations, letter transfer and number codes)

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