St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School


Name St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School
Website http://www.saintolaves.net/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 06 March 2014
Address Goddington Lane, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9SH
Phone Number 01689820101
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 1068 (83% boys 17% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.3
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 1.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 24.6%

Information about this school

The school is an average sized secondary school with a large sixth form. It is an Anglican foundation, selective grammar school which attracts students from a wide range of feeder schools. In Years 7 to 11 it is a boys’ only school; girls join the school in the sixth form. The school has a specialism in mathematics and computing, and in science. About half the students are White British with an above average percentage of students from minority ethnic backgrounds. Asian heritage students make up about a fifth of the student population with small percentages from other groups. An above average proportion of students speak English as an additional language but all are fluent in English. A very small, and well below average proportion of students is eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for specific groups, including looked after children, students known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families. The school has no looked after children or children from service families and only about two or three students eligible for free school meals in any year. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is well below the national average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of educational needs is also well below average. The most common needs relate to the autistic spectrum disorder. No students are eligible for Year 7 catch-up funding as all students enter the school with at least Level 5 in English and mathematics. The school does not use any off-site, alternative education provision. The headteacher was appointed since the previous inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. All students make outstanding progress, in all years, in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics. Their GCSE, AS and A level results are very high. The very small proportion of students entitled to extra educational funding, such as those who are disabled or with special educational needs, also make outstanding progress and achieve as well as other students. Students develop a wide range of literacy, numeracy and other skills to great effect and use these widely in lessons so that they make outstanding progress in all years. Teachers have very high expectations of all students. They help students to have high levels of self-confidence and to be enthusiastic about learning. Teachers gauge the quality of students’ work very well, set them challenging targets and show students clearly how to improve their work. Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. They work hard and concentrate very well in lessons. The sixth form is outstanding. Outstanding teaching and learning is reflected in well above national AS and A level results. Many students gain places at the top universities and medical schools. Sixth formers are very well prepared for higher education. The curriculum is outstanding. It promotes and sustains students’ academic achievement generating students’ scholarship, curiosity and intellectual endeavour. The school encourages excellence beyond the classroom by providing an enormous range of extra-curricular activities, trips, visits and distinguished outside speakers. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted exceptionally well. They mature into considerate, thoughtful young adults who are determined to pursue stimulating professions and careers. The headteacher’s, governors’ and other senior and middle leaders’ leadership is outstanding. They provide the successful drive and ambition to keep improving the quality of teaching, students’ achievement and the use of modern technology.