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Description: St Olave's Grammar School, OrpingtonSt Olave's Grammar School is a boys’ grammar school in Orpington, Greater London. The school was named the Sunday Times’ State School of the Year in 2008 and in 2 ...

St Olave's Grammar School, Orpington


St Olave's Grammar School is a boys’ grammar school in Orpington, Greater London. The school was named the Sunday Times’ State School of the Year in 2008 and in 2011 it was ranked the fourth best performing state school at A-level by The Financial Times. This page has everything you need to know about St Olave's Grammar School and can help you get started with the admissions process. You can also find helpful information about the 11 plus exam, such as exam practice resources, information about exam boards and key dates in the calendar.  


School details:


Address: St Olave's Grammar School, Goddington Lane, Orpington, London, BR6 9SH

County: Bromley, London

Type of school: Boys’ grammar school, co-educational at Sixth Form

Age range: 11-18

Ofsted rating: Outstanding

Number of pupils: 1093

Admissions to Year 7: 124 (approx)

Open evening (2022 entry): June 2021 (exact date TBC)

11+ exam date (2022 entry): Friday 17th September 2021

Exam board: Set by school - SET (Selective Eligibility Test)

Admissions phone number: 01689 820101

Admissions email address:


A Brief Overview of St Olave's Grammar School and its Performance


St Olave's Grammar School, previously known as St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Church of England Grammar School, was originally founded in 1571. It has a strong academic reputation and admission is incredibly competitive - every year over 1400 students apply for approximately 120 places, meaning that fewer than one in ten applicants are offered a place. In terms of student make up, approximately 26% of pupils speak English as a second language, 4% are on free school meals and 4% have some support for special educational needs.



The schools’ results are consistently excellent: in 2019, 89% of GCSE results were awarded levels 7-9 (old style A*/A), and 93% of A-level results were A*-B. Their Progress 8 scores are in the top 14% of schools in England and 99% of students achieve a Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSE, which is twice as high as both the local authority and national average.


St Olave's Grammar School's Admissions Process: 2022 Entry


If you plan on sending your child to St Olave's Grammar School in September 2022 then it is important to take note of these key dates below. You can also find their official Admissions Policy here.



14th June 2021 - SIF available

The school’s SIF (Supplementary Information Form) will be available to complete online; you can find it here once it has been made available.

5th July 2021 - deadline for the SIF

The school is very clear that applications after this closing date will not be considered.

17th July 2021 - Stage 1 Entrance Test

This is a multiple-choice test made up of English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning questions.

12th November 2021 - Stage 2 Entrance Test

For those who are invited back, students sit two more papers in English and Maths.

1st March 2022 - National Offer Day

This is when your home local authority will inform you as to whether your child has secured a place. If he or she is unsuccessful, it's a good idea to inquire about the waiting list, or look into the appeals process, which normally takes place in April, May or June.




Preparing for St Olave's Grammar School’s 11 Plus Exam


St Olave's Grammar School’s entrance exam is relatively unusual in that there are two rounds of testing, rather than one. In Stage 1, boys sit one hour-long, multiple-choice test made up of four sections: A (English), B (Maths), C (Verbal Reasoning) and D (Non-Verbal Reasoning). You can find a detailed guide to the Stage 1 tests with lots of example questions here.


Boys who pass the Stage 1 test are then invited back to sit the Stage 2 test, which consists of an English paper and a Maths paper. The English paper has a comprehension section and then a creative writing task. The Maths test is standard format, and like the English paper, is made up of multiple-choice and open-answer questions. You can find a guide to both papers and example questions here.


As the school sets its own exam, the questions are likely to be a mixture of CEM and GL-style questions. The GL website is very helpful, and gives example papers and answers for all four sections. You can also purchase practice packs through the GL website or through CGP Books - the ‘10 minute tests’ collection is particularly useful for helping students to practice skills in short, manageable chunks without burning out.


As the test is so competitive, with on average only one place for every ten pupils, it’s good to start preparing early. However, if your child is already in Year 5, don’t panic - this guide can also help your child to become 11 Plus exam ready in just under six months, and there are also intensive revision courses on offer for those who need a last-minute boost.



St Olave's Grammar School Sample Test Papers and Resources


The English and Maths questions for both stages will be based around the National Curriculum, but as Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning is not taught in primary schools, this may be a good place to start with revision. The GL exam board offers these familiarisation booklets for the Non-Verbal Reasoning paper and Verbal Reasoning paper, and you can also use the practice papers below. It’s worth remembering that the school does vary the question format slightly year on year in order to make it less predictable for students.


The school is also running mock tests and a sale of sample test papers later this year - you can find all their details on their website, but these are likely to be held in May and June. The mock test costs £60.





11+ English Multiple Choice Book 1 | Answer 1


11+ English GL Familiarisation Paper | Answers




11+ Maths Multiple Choice Book 1 Answer Sheet 1


11+ Maths Multiple Choice Book 2 | Answer Sheet 2


11+ Maths GL Familiarisation Paper | Answers


Verbal Reasoning


11+ Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Book 1 | Answer Sheet 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Book 2 | Answer Sheet 2


Non-Verbal Reasoning


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Book 1 | Answer Sheet 1


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Book 2 | Answer Sheet 2


Additional Information about St Olave's Grammar School


Unsurprisingly given its academic prowess, the school has a reputation for securing excellent university places. Over the last 4 years 130 students have gone on to study at Oxford and Cambridge, 171 have gone on to study Medicine and 102 went on to study Engineering. In 2020, 90% of leavers received offers from Russell Group universities, 10% received offers from Oxbridge and 20% received offers for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. The school also offers a wide range of clubs and societies, including Computing Clinic, Trading Society, Feminist Society and Greek Club. The school is also a champion for social mobility and has a designated Pupil Premium Champion in their staff to help support the transition of Pupil Premium students to secondary school. There are also places available for choristers - you can find out more about this here, and you can also go on a virtual tour of the school here.



St Olave's Grammar School FAQs


What is St Olave’s Grammar School’s Ofsted rating?

St Olave’s Grammar School’s Ofsted rating is ‘Outstanding’. You can find all the previous reports and ratings here.

Does St Olave's Grammar School have a catchment area?

No, the school does not have a catchment area.


How many boys sit the Stage 1 and Stage 2 entrance tests?

Around 1400 boys sit the Stage 1 tests, and around 450 are invited back to sit the Stage 2 tests.


What happens if St Olave’s Grammar School is oversubscribed?

In the event that more boys pass the entrance exams than there are places, then priority will be given to looked after children and children on Pupil Premium. Places will then be offered by putting the students in rank order. You can find more information in their Admissions Policy.


What is the pass mark for the St Olave’s Grammar School entrance exam?

There is no standard pass mark - it varies each year and this is normally determined after all tests have been marked.


Does St Olave's Grammar School have a uniform?

Yes - you can find all the details about the uniform, as well as the contact details of the suppliers, here.


How does the Chorister scheme work?

Every year, 4 places are made available for boys to join St Olave’s as Wakeham Choristers at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy. You can find out more about this here.

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