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  • St Olave's Grammar School
    Goddington Lane
    Orpington
    Kent
    BR6 9SH
  • Head: Mr Andrew Rees
  • T 01689 820101
  • F 01689 897943
  • E office@saintolaves.net
  • W www.saintolaves.net
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bromley
  • Pupils: 1,050; sixth formers: 480 (168 girls)
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: October, June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th March 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 2nd November 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

By any measure, St Olave's results are top-notch, and for the bright, motivated boy who is prepared to knuckle down, this school is an excellent fit. As one parent put it, 'Very good, very impressive, very supportive. And we haven't had to pay for it.' Long and proud history of being academically selective, with which the present head is completely in tune: 'I believe this country neglects its brightest youngsters at its peril.' There can't be many state schools where rugby and Eton fives are the main sports. Fives is hugely popular, with many boys playing it every day ('It's quick and easy, and you can play it in your uniform!')...

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What the school says...

Entrance criteria as follows: Age 11 English & Maths tests. At age 16, 8 B grades gained by the start of the sixth form term.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking History at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Acting Headmaster

Andrew Rees, assistant head, has been holding the fort since the resignation of Aydin Önaç. The school hit the headlines in 2017 as parents threatened legal action when their children were told to leave after failing to get three Bs at AS level.

Academic matters

By any measure, St Olave's results are top-notch. In 2017, 90 per cent of GCSE results were at A*-A/7-9, with maths particularly strong. At A level, 75 per cent of grades were at A*/A and 96 per cent were at A*-B. 'We have the very highest aspirations for all our students, and that translates into having the highest expectations. It's a given at St Olave's, as far as I'm concerned,' says head. Parents and boys alike describe the staff as 'dedicated', 'professional' and 'enthusiastic'. Students are encouraged to go well...

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Special Education Needs

There is a teacher with responsibility for the coordination of the special needs and support programme in the school. This Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is involved in the process of identifying and supporting those pupils who have specific learning difficulties. The SENCO oversees support for any statemented pupils and arranges liaison between the pupil, the school, the LA services and parents. A Governor has the allocated role of being the link with the SENCO. There is regular training for all staff on issues of special needs education.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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