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Education

Our Lady's Abingdon

In the modern world, most schools have embraced co-education as the natural environment for educating children
We believe that co-education makes for a civilised, balanced environment where all pupils can flourish

At Our Lady’s Abingdon we believe strongly in the value of co-education. In the modern world, most schools have embraced this model as the natural environment for educating children. There are some very good reasons for this.

The aim of any good school is to prepare its students for the world beyond the classroom and in that world men and women work and study together. In our view, the sooner that process starts the better. Educating boys and girls in the same school advances their emotional well-being. It ensures that, when they leave school, they are happy and well-adjusted members of society, able to live and work with all kinds of people.

Studies have shown that on academic grounds there are no reasons for preferring a single-sex school over co-education. There are also good social reasons for making this choice. Friendships have the chance to develop very naturally at OLA, providing an excellent foundation for the development of meaningful and lasting relationships in later life. We believe that co-education makes for a civilised, balanced environment where all pupils can flourish and be well prepared for university and the world beyond. As such, it offers considerable advantages and should be a key consideration for any parent considering a school for their child.

We invite you to come and see what OLA has to offer. Excellent transport links and a network of school buses mean that we are easy to reach from across Oxfordshire. We pride ourselves on the warm welcome we extend to all who visit us here in Abingdon. You will have the opportunity to meet pupils and staff and see why OLA is such a purposeful and happy place. Our nurturing ethos means that pupils flourish and achieve over and above their potential. Having achieved so much at school, they can move on confidently to the universities and careers they have chosen. Our March Open Morning provides an ideal opportunity to see at first hand the exciting educational opportunities OLA has to offer. We look forward to seeing you there!