FAQ

Does St. Olave’s have a catchment area?

The School does not operate a catchment area.

Do I need to book a place to view the School on Open Morning?

No, there is no requirement for you to book. You and your son are most welcome to attend between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm.

How do I apply? 

Applications are accepted via our online Supplementary Information Form (SIF) only. The usual period of time is approximately mid-June to early July of your son’s Year 5. Specific dates will be advertised well in advance for each application block.

What is the format of the Entrance Tests?

Please see the ‘Entrance Test Information’ tab to the left for information. 

Are past papers available?

Past papers are not available but you can download sample questions via the links in 'Entrance Test Information' tab on the left, or collect hard copies from the School (collection service is currently not possible due to Covid -19 restrictions).

What happens if my son is unwell on the day of the Test?

If your son is unwell on the Test days, to such an extent that you feel his results will be affected, should not let him attend  as no allowance can be made for under performance. You must inform the School no later than the day of the Test, either by email (admissions@saintolaves.net) or telephone (01689 820101). Please note that a doctor’s certificate will be required to confirm illness as the reason for non-attendance. Subject to receiving appropriate documentary evidence, an alternative date will be offered.

My son has Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. When do I inform the School?

Details of any SEND, known medical needs or other circumstances which may require positive action on the day of the Test must be submitted with your Online SIF.  Please see further information under Application Procedure.

My son is Pupil Premium, How do I apply? 

Upon submission of your SIF, you will be asked upload the supporting documentation to verify that your son is in receipt of pupil premium. Assuming you meet the criteria your application will be accepted within this category. Up to 10 places are given to pupil premium applicants who pass our SET - please see the Admissions Policy for further information.

How do I appeal against the Governors decision not to offer my son a place?

Parents/Carers have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. Forms are available from Admissions or via the Clerk to The Appeal Panel care of the School.  Please note that Appeals are seldom successful because places are offered in rank order and admission is on the basis of academic performance in our Entrance Tests.

Can I park at the School on Test day?

Candidates arriving for our Entrance Tests should enter the School site via the Park Avenue pedestrian gate only. There is no access to the School from Goddington Lane.  Anyone driving to the Test is urged to park well away from the School. Please be aware that parking restrictions will be in place in the surrounding areas and we ask you to be considerate and mindful of not causing obstructions or blocking residents' access to their driveways. In addition please note that the London Borough of Bromley impose temporary no waiting restrictions in both roads to maintain emergency access during Test days.

Candidates are strongly advised to use public transport wherever possible. Orpington Station is less than 15 minutes’ walk away and there are a number of local bus routes. Please ensure that you allow sufficient travelling time to enable your son to arrive no later than the time allocated on his Candidate Instruction email.