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"Welcome to OLA! Founded in 1860, we are a leading Catholic, co-educational day school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18.
Mr Stephen Oliver

OLA is a member of the The Society of Heads , the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and the Catholic Independent Schools' Conference  (CISC). It is a thriving and highly-regarded independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-18 years. The school is set in pleasant grounds within walking distance of the centre of Abingdon and within a few miles of Oxford.

We were founded in 1860 by the Sisters of Mercy, a religious order begun in Dublin in the early nineteenth century by Catherine McAuley. Until recent times the Sisters resident in Abingdon played a major role in the life of the School, helping to strengthen the ethos of integrity and warmth that are two of its special characteristics. Governance of the school is now devolved to a body of lay trustees and there has been a lay head for many years.

Christian principles and teaching are at the heart of all that we do. 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.

OLA Junior School, which takes boys and girls from the age of three, is on the same site as the Senior School and also shares many of its facilities. Almost all Junior School pupils move on to the Senior School at the age of eleven. The rest of the Senior School's intake is drawn from a wide range of state and preparatory schools, some a considerable distance away from Abingdon. Many children make use of the comprehensive school bus service on offer.

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 and a purpose built Nursery. 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 the Sixth Form Centre, created a Design and Technology suite and extended our dining facilities. Provision for IT is excellent and interactive whiteboards have been installed across the School.

"Welcome to OLA! Founded in 1860, we are a leading Catholic, co-educational day school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18.
Mr Stephen Oliver
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