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Children see lessons as fun as well as educational – 'inspirational,' enthused one, aged 10...Takes growth mindset theory very seriously – children are encouraged to see trying hard, learning from mistakes and taking risks as more valuable than coming top, to develop an 'I can't do it yet' attitude....

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What the school says...

St Olave's is the prep school to St Peters, with small classes, wonderful facilities and a vast array of academic and co-curricular opportunities, St Olaves is a caring school where we encourage each other to show compassion and self respect. We strive to achieve this by being welcoming and inclusive so that we can all feel valued and grow in confidence.

A fantastic team of teachers provide the inspiration to achieve, through creative teaching and a breadth of opportunities outside of the classroom. This does mean that we expect everyone to work hard and participate with whole-hearted commitment and resilience, reflecting on any disappointments and short-comings with honesty. Humility underpins all that we do, praising effort and fair play while celebrating our successes with modesty. Competitive sport allows all our pupils to compete against other schools at an appropriate level. There are over 200 individual music lessons taught each week and the love of music permeates throughout the school. Ultimately, we are preparing children for their future so that they always seek to improve and approach each challenge and opportunity with energy and optimism.

Located in the heart of the city, St Olaves is easily accessed by road, rail and air. London and Manchester Airport are just two hours away by train, and the School is ten minutes from York station. We provide transport to Leeds/Bradford International Airport, less than an hour away.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Rowing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Master

Since 2005, Andy Falconer MBA BA (late 40s). Read education and professional studies at University of Lancaster, MBA at University of Leicester. Previously head of geography and outdoor education at Terrington Hall Prep; same plus IT at Craigclowan Prep; deputy head at Chafyn Grove Prep - always also teaching sport. Covers lessons here. Has been chair of Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and on boards of Independent Schools Council and Independent Schools Inspectorate. Co-opted member of University of York St John's People Committee.

Wife is school nurse; three daughters, all at St Olave's/St Peter's. Interests: running marathons and ultra marathons – aiming to run all the Olympic city marathons - and photography (films matches with drone to provide analysis material).

Very pleasant and approachable, financially savvy, believes...

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Special Education Needs

St Olave's is an academically selective school with Entrance Tests in late January. The vast majority of pupils move on to St Peter's School, York. We have close links with Dyslexic Action in York. We provide in-class support and some one-to-one tuition if required.

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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