Our Lady's Abingdon - Open Mornings

Open Mornings

Face to Face Open Mornings


Whole School Open Mornings: 

  • Wednesday 24 April 2024  – 09:30am – 11:30am
  • Saturday 21 September 2024 – Check in and refreshments at 09:30am, Head’s talk at 10:00am, Tours until 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 20 November 2024 –  09:30am – 11:30am

These are whole school Open Mornings – a great opportunity to tour the school and speak to pupils and teachers to hear why they love working and learning at OLA, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Pre-event registration is required for all events. Please click the button below to register your details. If you have any questions about our Open Mornings please email openmorning@ola.org.uk

Why come to an OLA Open Morning?

If you are considering independent education for your child, OLA offers a highly successful fun and innovative learning experience in a happy and friendly community for pupils aged 7 to 18.

Located close to Abingdon town centre, we provide transport to school for pupils from locations across South Oxfordshire making it easy to be part of our family.

Entrance Examination

There are no written entrance examinations for entry to OLA Senior School.  Assessment is on an admissions interview, CEM assessment, school report and school reference.

OLA results speak for themselves

GCSE Results:

An outstanding 95% of results graded 9-4, 48% graded 9-7 and 46% achieving at least one grade 9 in 2023.  GCSE pupils achieved higher than the last set of GCSE public exams in 2019. An outstanding 95% of results are graded 9-4, with 48% graded 9-7.  The fact that 46% achieved at least one grade 9 reinforces our ethos of meeting the individual pupil’s needs. Pupils achieved well in core subjects, with 47% of pupils achieving a 9-8 grade in English Language and 48% achieving a 9-7 grade in Mathematics.

A-Level Results:

Almost half of all students achieving at least one A-Level at grade A or above and 5% of pupils achieving A*-A across all their chosen subjects.  Students performed well in all 22 Sixth Form courses, including 19 A-levels, EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) and BTEC Media. Students continue to perform at a very high level in Creative Arts, with, for example, all A-Level Art students achieving A*.

These are outstanding achievements, given that our pupils start OLA with a wide range of abilities, and shows the excellent ‘Value Added’ that we give them.

The OLA community of parents and pupils are always keen to share their enthusiasm of why they chose OLA.  Below you can read all of our current short stories.

Virtual Open Morning

The OLA Virtual Open Morning is available 24/7 and provides an introduction to all aspects of our school including access to recorded tours of the school filmed just before the School moved to remote learning at the end of March this year. To access our Virtual Open Morning please register below.

Register for the OLA 24/7 Virtual Open Morning

What makes OLA different?

OLA’s success comes from a combination of six factors which create the unique OLA learning adventure. Each child embarks on a journey that uncovers their full potential and nurtures them to achieve, enabling them to thrive both academically and as a person.

Small school:

With under 400 pupils in total, OLA offers everyone the possibility of representing the school or just simply enjoying a wide range of confidence-developing activities, including sport, drama, music, academic competitions and other chances to thrive, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Small classes:

We have a very high teacher to pupil ratio, meaning our class sizes are smaller than you will find elsewhere. OLA provides a more individual learning experience that fully nurtures academic potential.

Fun and innovative learning:

Helps pupils to be fully engaged in the academic life of the school leading to exam results that regularly exceed baseline predications. Read about our GCSE and A-level exam success.

Highly praised pastoral care:

Our staff work closely alongside our pupils to encourage, motivate and support each child, helping them to grow as confident, successful and happy individuals.

Family community:

OLA encourages an open dialogue between home and school through a range of effective channels.

Catholic Christian ethos:

This is the foundation of everything we do, creating the family community so valued by OLA parents. The school accepts children of all faiths and none and helps them aspire to such values as integrity, compassion, openness, forgiveness, reconciliation, co-operation and courage.

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