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The buildings have been adapted, extended and improved to create a more welcoming space for children and their parents. It’s a very grounded school, not stuffy in any sense. Parents delight in the school’s ‘responsiveness’, answering questions, dealing with any concerns and, importantly, ‘never underestimating children’. Stretch and challenge include sparky discussions on current events in assembly that then continue over supper at home and the ability of staff to ‘see qualities in children that...

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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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Since 2005, Mr Andy Falconer MBA BA (40s). An ISI inspector, recent chair of IAPS as well as a Walter Hines Page Scholar. Previously deputy head at Chafyn Grove School and before that was head of geography at Craigclowan School. Married to Lesley, a nurse, with three young daughters. Enjoys skiing, grew up near a Scottish ski resort and is a qualified instructor, former travel writer and currently into marathon running, otherwise free time is family time. Kind, charming, with a soft Scottish lilt and a delightful manner. Chats very comfortably with pupils, knows who they are and equally they know him - pupils tuck their shirts in when they see him coming. He misses nothing, touring school with a watchful eye, even turning off lights in empty rooms – ‘a Scotsman in Yorkshire,’...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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