Throughout the school year a wide range of house competitions take place which test the sporting, cultural and intellectual brilliance of students of all year groups, fostering collaboration within - and healthy competition between - the different houses. The winning house in any given competition receives 400 points, second place receives 300, third place receives 200 and fourth place, 100. Points may also be won by personal endeavour in a wide range of other areas. The totals which you see here represent the ongoing and regularly updated aggregate of the house points for this academic year.
The latest totals are currently:
St. Olave’s is divided up into four different houses. On entry to the school in Year 7 or Year 12 all pupils will be allocated to a house.
John Bingham was a governor of the school in 1607. His elaborate memorial in Southwark cathedral includes an ornate dragon; it is this golden dragon, included in the logo, that serves as a reminder of John Bingham and connotes feelings of power and determination for members of Bingham house.
Thomas Cure, MP for Southwark, lived in a house adjoining Saint Saviour’s church in the late Sixteenth century and his rent helped to fund our fledgling grammar school. He used as a personal symbol the East Grinstead coat of arms which includes a prominent sword; this element is included in the house logo to represent the honourable nature and deep history of Cure house.
The Harvard logo serves as a reminder to students of the strong connection with Harvard University and of our shared interest in advanced scholarly endeavour. John Harvard, after whom the prestigious American university was named, attended St. Saviour’s Grammar School at Southwark in the early Seventeenth Century, and his father Robert Harvard was one of our School's earliest governors.
Henry Leeke, a Southwark brewer, left a will in 1561 which gave £8 a year towards the founding and maintenance of a new free school. His original benefaction enabled the establishment of St. Olave's. His brewery and inn was called "The Dolphin" and this symbol of Leeke house connotes the care and intelligence of the house's members.