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School Performance

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).


2019/20

We know it has been a really unsettling few months for students and we are pleased to be able to reassure you that A Level results at St. Olave’s Grammar School are once again outstanding, and slightly higher than previous years. 95.3% of the grades secured by Olavians were A* to B with over a third of all qualifications being at A*, and three quarters being at A*/A. There are some exceptional individual results, which include 40 students securing 3 A* grades or more.

Andrew Rees, Headteacher, said: “The overall results for St. Olave’s are excellent. These are a fitting tribute to everyone’s hard work and dedication over the course of the last two years. Students have experienced a unique disruption to their academic studies. I hope the grades they have been awarded by the exam boards will enable them to move on in their lives with a sense of pride in their hard work and accomplishments, whatever they choose to do. It should also be noted that these results have been achieved by students who have focussed on more than just their examinations during their time in the sixth form. They have been active on the sports field, performing in musical concerts and drama productions, supporting the local community, mentoring younger students, leading clubs and societies, writing journals, entering national and international competitions and engaging in Duke of Edinburgh. We wish them all the very best in the next stage of their education.”

2018/19

Congratulations to all our students on another excellent set of results this year. These superb results are testament to our talented students, dedicated teachers and supportive parents.

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, 42 students secured 3 or more A* grades. 

At GCSE Level 89% GCSEs at grades 9 – 7 and 71% at grades 9/8. Students have risen magnificently to the challenge of GCSEs, and this hardworking group have improved on the outstanding results of last year. 23 students obtained ten or more GCSEs at grades 9 or 8. Six students gained grades 9 in every subject, as well as top grades in the Higher Project Qualification and Free Standing Maths Unit. 99.2% of students achieved Grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics and the English Baccalaureate average point score (EBacc APS) was 8.17. 

2017/18

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.

Historic Examinations Statistics 

GCE A-Level Results 2019 and 2018

GCSE Level Results 2019  and 2018


Our Progress 8 Score is 0.86 for 2019

We are thrilled to announce that we recently had our overall provisional performance at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2019 confirmed. Our Progress 8 score of 0.86 and our Attainment 8 score of 82.9 were the highest in Bromley.

We also had the highest percentage of students entering the EBacc, 96.8%, which is the combination of subjects that the government think is important for young people to study at GCSE. It includes English Language and Literature, Maths, the Sciences, Geography or History and a Language.

Congratulations to all students 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.