JLA Tops the League Tables for the Oratory Schools Association

The Oratory Schools Association consists of a prep school and an independent boys’ boarding school in Woodcote, Reading. With six boarding houses, the laundry room can get quite busy – and that’s before factoring in the towels and sports kit generated by the school’s state-of-the-art sports centre!

Watch a video testimonial from Martin Halsall, the Bursar of the Oratory Schools Association. He explains why he chose JLA to provide the school with a complete laundry solution.



When Martin first approached JLA, he was immediately impressed with the company’s professional approach, as well as their ability to quickly develop solutions that fit the school’s unique needs. “Their professionalism was demonstrated in the ability to completely redesign a system…and to come up with something that was far more innovative and radical,” he says.

With 750 pupils, 180 of whom are boarding at the school, there is a real need for fresh, clean bedding, towels, sports kit and other linens. Halsall and the staff at the Oratory Schools Association chose to install a JLA washer and an SD3535 SMART Stack Dryer.

The washer is also equipped with JLA’s ground-breaking OTEX ozone disinfection system, which gives Martin and the school staff peace of mind as they know that the laundry is thoroughly cleaned. “It’s important to us that we get the highest standards of hygiene we can get,” he says. “We have to be able to rely on the cleanliness of the bedding and other aspects of boarding life that the children use. OTEX gives me that confidence.”

Martin is impressed with the performance and reliability of the laundry equipment, but he’s also pleased with the reassurance provided by JLA’s ground-breaking Total Care solution, which promises an eight working-hour engineer response as well as seven-day call-out cover.

The peace of mind he and the staff receive from knowing that downtime will be kept to a minimum played a major role in choosing to work with JLA. “I can guarantee that the machines can continue to provide excellent service, or if there is a hiccup, that hiccup will be sorted rapidly, so that we only lose the minimum amount of time,” he says. “The last thing you need is a laundry that breaks down every five minutes, and with JLA equipment, I have the confidence that the laundry will not let me down.”

Martin would wholeheartedly recommend JLA to other boarding schools: “I’ve been really pleased with their [JLA’s] professional approach and the equipment they’ve supplied. I’ve used them twice and I would use them again!”