St Olave's Grammar School was founded in 1561 and provides a selective education to boys aged 11 to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18. It's one of the UK's highest-achieving state schools, currently ranked within the top 10 grammar schools in the country and within the top 5 grammar schools in London.
The school has a richly diverse student population, inclusive of all faiths and backgrounds, where students have a strong sense of pride and loyalty. Every student's success, be it academic, sporting, cultural or moral, is celebrated and encouraged in an environment which provides excellent co-curricular opportunities.
Olavians consistently achieve outstanding levels of performance and are challenged to reach their full potential through the Individual Pupil Mentoring Scheme. Virtually all students leave the sixth form for higher education, with more than 100 places secured at Oxford and Cambridge universities in the last five years.
The 2023–2024 term dates at St Olave's Grammar School are:
St Olave's Grammar School admits pupils based on their performance in the Selective Eligibility Test (SET). This is a two-round 11 plus process, designed to select children who are working at the very top of the academic ability range for their year group. Before registering for the exam, speak to your child's teacher to see if the 11 plus and a grammar school education is right for them.
To register for the St Olave's Grammar School SET, you will need to complete the school's Supplementary Information Form (SIF). This will be available on the school website from 9am on Monday 12th June 2023. The deadline for submitting the form is midday on Monday 3rd July 2023.
St Olave's Grammar School will write to you with your son's Stage 1 results in mid-October 2023. If your child is one of approximately 450 boys invited back to take the Stage 2 test in November, you will be able to name the school as one of your options on your common application form.
Before listing St Olave's Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. Passing the second stage of the assessment will still not be a guarantee of a place as more boys reach the qualifying standard each year than there are places available.
The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023. The form must be completed for your home local authority – i.e. if you live in Bromley you will need to complete the form on the Bromley Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.
All boys applying for St Olave's Grammar School will take Stage 1 of the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) on Friday 22nd September 2023. This is a one-hour exam, consisting solely of multiple-choice questions in the following subjects:
The 450 boys with the highest results will then be shortlisted for Stage 2. This exam will take place on Friday 17th November 2023 and boys will sit two written papers:
English: one hour, assessing both reading and creative writing. The reading section is multiple-choice
Maths: one hour, based on Year 5 and Year 6 key concepts
Learn about the exam in more detail in our full guide to the Bromley 11 plus:
There is no specific pass mark for either stage of the St Olave's Selective Eligibility Test. Children's scores in Stage 1 will be placed in rank order and the 450 boys with the highest results will be invited back to Stage 2. Following the second stage, scores will be standardised and aggregated, together with the first stage results, to create a final ranking.
Passing both stages of the St Olave's Grammar School 11 plus process doesn't guarantee a place at the school. St Olave's is a popular school and is heavily oversubscribed, with up to 12 applications for every available place. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.
St Olave's Grammar School has a planned admission number (PAN) of 124. Boys who achieve the required standard and who have an Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school will be admitted as a priority. The remaining places will then be allocated to children who have passed both stages of the 11 plus in the following order of priority:
1. Looked after and previously looked after children
2. Boys in receipt of pupil premium, in rank order (up to 10 places available)
3.The remaining places will be allocated in rank order
Places will also be offered in accordance with the parental preference on the common application form (i.e. families who have named St Olave's Grammar School as their most preferred school will be prioritised). If there is a tie for two or more candidates, the final rank order will be determined in this order:
1.Results in the Stage 2 maths paper
2. Results in the Stage 2 English writing paper
3. Results in the Stage 2 English reading paper
4. Results in the Stage 1 SET test
5. If there is a final tie-break, the remaining place(s) will be allocated using a computerised random number generator
There is no catchment area at St Olave's Grammar School. The school welcomes applications from all boys, irrespective of their home address, and does not take location into account when applying oversubscription criteria.
|Type of School
|Goddington Lane Orpington Kent BR6 9SH
|Gender in YEAR 7
|17/11/2023 Stage 2
|Number of Places
|Total Number of Exams
|Number of Rounds
|Document or Link
|stage 1 - question paper
|Stage 1 - answer sheet
|Stage 2 sample questions