St Olave's Grammar School
Infobox UK school
name = St Olave's and St Saviour's Grammar School
size = 100px
latitude = 51.3675
longitude = 0.104
motto = "Olaf to Right the Wrong"
established = 1571
Voluntary aidedgrammar school
Church of England
free_label_1 = Chaplain
free_1 = Hugh Broadbent
head_label = Headmaster
head = Anthony Jarvis
chair_label = Chair
chair = Malcolm Edwards
specialist = Maths and Computing (Operational), Science
street = Goddington Lane
postcode = BR6 9SH
London Borough of Bromley
ofsted = 101676
enrollment = 934
gender = Boys (Mixed in the sixth form)
lower_age = 11
upper_age = 18
houses = Bingham, Cure, Harvard, Leeke
colours = Main: Purple, Black, White
Houses, respectively: Yellow, Red, Green, Blue
free_label_2 = Affiliation
free_2 = Member of the Woodard Foundation
free_label_3 = Beneficiary of
free_3 = Alleyn's College of God's Gift in Dulwich Estate
free_label_4 = Former Pupils
free_4 = Old Olavians
website = http://www.saintolaves.net/
website_name = www.saintolaves.net
St Olave's and St Saviour's Grammar School for Boys (also known as St Olave's, St Olave's Grammar School, or simply Olaves) is a selective boys'
secondary schoolin Orpington, England. The name is either pronEng|ˈoʊlævz, or IPA|/ˈɒlɪvz/ (homonymous with "olives"). The school is consistently one of the top achieving state schools in the UK.
The school in its current state was formed from an agreement in 1896 between two schools, St Olave's Grammar School (founded 1571), and
St Saviour's Grammar School(founded 1562). (Its sister school, St Saviour's and St Olave's Church of England School, [ [http://www.stsaviours.inter-base.net/index_text.php?_id=2 St Saviour's and St Olave's Church of England School] ] was re-established as a girls' school in 1903). The school, was founded for the parish of St Olave in Southwark (1096-1926) which was named after Saint Olaf. In the seventeenth century St Olave's Headmaster Robert Brownewas imprisoned for his religious non-conformism.
Originally situated on the south bank of the
Thamesin Southwarkin Tooley Street(the street name is a corruption of St Olave's), the school moved to suburbanOrpington in 1968.
The school is heavily oversubscribed (more than 7 applicants per place in 2004). Entry is determined by competitive tests in English and Mathematics. Since 1998, the school has admitted girls to its
sixth form. It is currently designated as a science, mathematics and computing specialist school.
Members of the school are known as Olavians, and alumni as Old Olavians. There are four houses: Bingham, Cure, Harvard and Leeke. These exist for the purposes of the classes and house competitions in the Lower School (Year 7 to 9) and for games competition in Year 10.
St Olave's exclusively provides Choristers for the Choir of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, London, which is the Chapel of the
Royal Victorian Orderand of the Duchy of Lancaster.
The school was at the centre of controversy in 1996 when Labour Party Shadow Cabinet minister
Harriet Harmansent her son to the school, despite it being some considerable distance from where she lived. Many considered her sending her son to a selective school to be contrary to Labour's supposedly egalitarianprinciples.
Its historic sister school is
St Saviour's and St Olave's Church of England Schoolin New Kent Road. Established in 1903, this is a non-selective school in an economically deprived area that is very different in nature from its brother school. Both schools are beneficiaries of the charity St Olave's and St Saviour's Schools Foundation, [UK charity|312987|St Olave's and St Saviour's Schools Foundation] which in turn is a beneficiary of The Dulwich Estate, successor to the historic Alleyn's Collegecharity. [UK charity|312751|The Dulwich Estate]
St Olave's now also has a strong relationship with
Newstead Wood School for Girls, a selective all girls' school situated a mile away.
The school is notable for being one of only a few state schools to play the game of
Eton Fives(housing the only indoor Eton Fives courts in the country). In the 2004 Rugby Fives National Championships at the Year 8 level, St.Olaves had four players (Martin Bassot, Jamie Moore, Luke Wooldridge and James Goodman) in the semi-finals of the main competition (therefore having the top 4 players in the country), something that no school had ever done before. Jamie Toop won the English Schools Senior Fives title three years running.The school fields successful Rugby teams from U-12 to the first and second XVs. The second XV have now been unbeaten at home for 3 years. Former School Captain David Akinluyiplayed for Northampton Saintsin the Guinness Premiershipuntil 2007.
The school has been successful in
basketball, winning the Kent Cup between 2002, 2005, and in 2007. Cricketis another sport which st. Olaves has found considerable success in. In Cricket: James Goodman is in the Kent academy and has trained at the World Cricket Academy in Mumbai, India. He has also captained the U16 England International Team.
Chess: The St Olave's chess team have continued to impress over a decade by winning the prestigious Millfield International Chess tournament. Notable players are Callum Kilpatrick, Richard Lobo and Jia Shen Lee who have all represented the UK, and Constantine Philippou, Pedrum Hashemi, Vishnuu Nithiyananthan, Sunil Parthiban and Sanjeev Math who have all represented Kent and some of which, have represented their county at a national level.
2008 was a record year in the
A-Levelresults with St. Olaves having 95.8% of all grades received at A or B level placing them 3rd Overall in the country. The school also got 100% A*-A maths GCSE grades.
"This is a partial list. For a more comprehensive one see:
List of notable Old Olavians"
H. B. Acton(1908–1974), philosopher
Sir William Ashley(1860-1927), economic historian
Samuel Laman Blanchard, (1804–1845) author and journalist
Lawrence Durrell, (1912–1990) novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer
Abba Eban, (1915–2002) Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations; Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs; Israeli Deputy Prime Minister
Mark EllisRecord Producer ( U2, Depeche Mode, The Killers)
Henry Hartley Fowler, 1st Viscount Wolverhampton, (1830–1911) politician †
Andy Green, (1962– ) past team leader of RAF Red Arrows Display Team; current holder of the world land speed record
*John Harvard, (1607–1638) first benefactor of
The Board, Secret Society ( Eminence Grise)
William Heberden, (1710–1801) physician, coined the term " Angina pectoris" †
Charles Hill, Baron Hill of Luton, (1904-1989) Chairman of the BBCand ITA
William Sherlock, (1641–1707) English church leader
Thomas Frederick Tout, (1855–1929) historian
William Van Mildert, (1765–1836) Bishopof Durham; founder of the University of Durham†
Som Wardner, Lead Singer of My Vitriol
*Colby O Donis, Singer† Alumni of St Saviour's Grammar School prior to the merger
*Carrington, R.C. "Two Schools: A History of the St Olave's and St Saviour's Grammar School Foundation and its Schools". McCorquodale Printers Ltd., London, 1971.
* [http://www.saintolaves.net St Olave's Grammar School website]
* [http://www.oldolavians.net The Old Olavians network]
* [http://www.oorfc.co.uk The Old Olavians Rugby Club]
* [http://oldolavianslodge.org.uk/ The Old Olavians Masonic Lodge]
* [http://www.duchyoflancaster.co.uk/output/page42.asp Queen's Chapel of the Savoy]
* [http://www.ssso.southwark.sch.uk/ St Saviour's and St Olave's Church of England School website]
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