Welcome to St Olave's Grammar School
St. Olave’s is a wonderful school where you will find staff who know their pupils well and serve their individual needs, and where there is a strong sense of pride and loyalty throughout the school. We welcome pupils of all faiths and backgrounds, championing dignity and respect for all. This brings diversity and richness, which is a real strength of the school. These qualities were amongst many noted by SIAMS when they gave the school an ‘Outstanding’ report across the board in 2017.
There is an emphasis on nurturing young people to have the wisdom, honesty and strength of character to make the right choices and have the very highest aspirations. With an outstanding record of academic excellence our A‑Level results show consistently around 95% A*/B grades, placing St. Olave’s amongst the very top schools nationally. Over 200 pupils have gained Oxbridge places over the last 7 years; last year we had 39 offers for Oxbridge and 35 for Medicine, both more than many schools in the country can replicate. This is testament to the talents of our staff and pupils alike.
Academic, sporting, cultural and moral excellence is celebrated and encouraged, within and beyond the classroom. Our co-curricular programme is outstanding; sport, music, drama, DofE, clubs and societies are very strong. We want our pupils to participate fully in the life of the school so they become independent and creative young people who will make their mark in the world. Olavians will be encouraged not to be preoccupied by the fear of failure, but be prepared to give things a go even if there is a risk of not succeeding.
Our rugby squad recently toured South Africa; Biology students spent three weeks in Fiji doing scientific research with Operation Wallacea; our Economists visited the World Bank and United Nations in New York and Washington; Art students spent a week in Copenhagen; others visited the sites of Ancient Greece or trekked the jungles, mountains or volcanoes of Ecuador or Nepal on World Challenge. Our top Chess and Fives teams comprise a number of national champions whilst our budding playwrights have had scripts performed at the National Theatre.
St Olave's is variously described as "One of the state schools' elite" (The Independent) and as “A school which aims for excellence in everything it does... and succeeds." (The Daily Telegraph)
We are a Voluntary Aided selective school which admits 4 forms of entry of boys at age 11, from a wide variety of backgrounds across a broad area of South London, and takes both boys and girls into the Sixth Form. Each year 4 choral scholars are admitted, providing the trebles for The Queen’s Chapel at The Savoy – part of the school’s rich cultural heritage and a link with its historic origins near London Bridge where it was originally founded in 1561 and later given a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1571.
St Olave’s provides a secure, happy and stimulating environment, with a strong ethos of care and courtesy and a warm community feel. In this atmosphere our students can grow and flourish, making the very best of their talents to achieve success and not being afraid to chase their dreams.
The Sixth Form curriculum is centred on A-Levels and supplemented by a varied elective programme. In Year 12, all students study 4 subjects and many opt to study Further Mathematics as well. Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12. In Year 13, students take 3 A-Level subjects (or 4, if studying A-Level Further Mathematics) and many apply to take the Extended Project Qualification. No restrictions are placed on subject combinations and the school tries hard to accommodate every student's preference. Every student benefits from individual mentoring, with tutors available to support and guide each student through their Sixth Form experience.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Olave's Grammar School directly.