The pursuit of excellence and a culture of achievement permeate all that happens in this school: it is engrained in our character. League tables and exam results only measure a small part of what makes an outstanding education, and these results have been achieved by students who have not only been focussing on their academic studies, but have been active on the sports field, performing in musical concerts and drama productions, mentoring younger students, leading clubs and societies and engaging in Duke of Edinburgh.
Academic results achieved by students are among the very best in the country, leading to places at top universities, art and music colleges. Individuals and teams achieve success consistently at national level in academic competitions, sports and a broad range of activities. These outstanding levels of performance are part of the ethos of the school and are supported by the Individual Pupil Monitoring Scheme, where challenge grades are set for each student based on their own potential. Excellence is celebrated in assemblies, awards ceremonies and prize days held for each age group.
Teaching is geared to challenging and extending every student to go beyond the acquisition of knowledge and acquire the ability to process complex information and understand advanced concepts.
Both GCSE and A-Level results over the years have been good, with overall ‘pass’ rates at or close to 100% mostly at grades which have secured consistently high places for the school in national league tables. Virtually all students proceed to higher education, usually including several successful applicants in a variety of subjects to Oxford and Cambridge (more than one hundred in the last five years).
A Level results at St. Olave’s Grammar School were once again outstanding, and consistent with performances in previous years. 93% of the grades secured by Olavians were A* to B with almost a third of all qualifications being at A*. In addition to some exceptional individual results, 40 students secured 3 or more A* grades.
At A-Level 94% of grades achieved were at A*/B grades. A total of 72% of all grades were at A*/A, 27 students gained straight A* grades in at least 3 subjects.
86.7% of GCSE grades achieved were 9-7 or A*/A. A total of 72% at grades 9/8 or A*. 19 students achieved ten or more GCSEs at grades 9/8 or A* with seven of those students gaining 9 or A* in every subject.
These results confirmed St. Olave’s Grammar School as one of the nation’s top boys’ state schools, as highlighted in the Sunday Times Parent Power supplement. The whole community can be very proud of these results which are a just reward for the endeavours of the students, the support of their families and the outstanding teaching of the staff.
They are presented below, including previous year's results to ease comparison.
Our Progress 8 Score is 0.93 for 2018
BASS (Boys’ Academically Selective Schools) analysis shows that St. Olave’s ranks as the number 3 for the overall Attainment 8 measure and was the joint highest in Bromley.
Our Attainment 8 score of 81.8 was also the highest in Bromley. We had the highest percentage of pupils entering the EBacc, which is the combination of subjects that the government thinks is important for young people to study at GCSE. It includes English language and literature, mathematics, the sciences, geography or history and a language.
Congratulations to all pupils and staff on these outstanding outcomes.
Progress 8 measures achievement as distinct from attainment.Based on their performance at the end of KS2 (Primary School) the government calculates a target grade that every student should get at GCSE in every subject. If a student gets the target grade in a particular subject, that counts as a progress score of 0. If they get one grade lower than the target, that’s a progress score of -1; one grade higher gets a progress score of +1, and so on. The progress scores in a defined group of the best 8 subjects for every student are then averaged to produce the Progress 8 score for each school. In the case of St Olave’s, this being almost 1 means that, on average, the school is adding value by 1 grade to every GCSE taken, compared to what government data would have predicted. Because a very significant proportion of our students are so bright that their target grades are all A*s, and because it is impossible to do better than this, their progress score is effectively capped at 0. This is a particularly challenging problem for Grammar Schools. However, it also means that the school must be adding particularly good value to students who are not at the very top of our cohort to receive a Progress 8 score of nearly 1 overall.