School Ethos

"This school is about happiness and success - in that order"  

Ofsted Outstanding 2019

St. Olave’s and St. Saviour’s Grammar School is a Church of England school, which welcomes students of all faiths and none.

Excellence is celebrated and encouraged. Though there is an emphasis on academic rigour, the school embraces and supports a wide range of activities outside the classroom. This is underpinned by a strong set of values based on trust, dignity and respect.

Integrity and high expectations permeate every aspect of school life and are evident in the behaviour, attitude and appearance of our students. In this ever-changing world, we believe that the wellbeing, confidence and happiness of our community are crucial. We will open up horizons of joy and aspiration and encourage each student to realise the best version of themselves - academically, morally, spiritually and physically.  Our students should not be preoccupied by the fear of failure and have the resilience to cope wisely with adversity.

When Olavians leave us, we hope that they will have developed into confident, independent young adults with intellectual curiosity and imagination, as well as having achieved an outstanding academic record. We will cultivate wisdom, emotional intelligence, and a sense of duty that students practise towards themselves, others, the School, the wider community and the environment. We want our students to be good citizens.

St. Olave’s retains a small school ethos where staff know the students well and address their individual needs, and where there is a sense of pride and loyalty. This enables everyone to flourish together in our multi-cultural community. Important traditions that date back over 450 years provide a framework of distinctive Christian values which reinforce our work and academic spirit. These values include encouraging understanding, respect and dignity for all as well as ensuring that our students are determined, honest and responsible so that they play a full and positive role in society.