|The London Oratory School|
This is a Grant Maintained RC school that, as you are no doubt aware, educated the Prime Minister's sons.
The fantastic academic record of the school has made it extremely popular. According to an Ofsted report 39% of boys come from homes where English may not be the first language.
They have over 1300 pupils, boys until 16 and then mixed in the sixth form. About 10 per annum go to Oxbridge. The discipline at the school is strict. The school recently spent £2.2mn on an arts centre which includes a 340 seat theatre.
How do you get in?
The school isn't allowed to select on the basis of ability but parents and children are interviewed with attitude and parental commitment important. The school must be your first choice. They take boys from all over London with only 10% of the in-take from the school's home borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.