Maths and science

Outreach Work

Dr A. Abbattista - Outreach Co-Ordinator

One of the strands of the School Vision is Community and this year we have further developed our outreach provision at local primary schools in two ways: we have expanded the network of the primary schools to deliver our programme and broadened our provision thanks to the collaboration of various departments.

We are currently working with Darrick Wood Junior, Manor Oak, Chelsfield Primary, Tubbenden Primary, Midfield Primary, St. Mary Cray Primary and St. Paul's Cray Primary Schools. These are the schools where our outreach team run fortnightly sessions to particularly support Year 5 pupil premium pupils (boys and girls) that may not otherwise consider Grammar School entry.

The pupils are challenged through a variety of activities in Maths (including Non-Verbal Reasoning), Languages (ancient and modern), Science, English and History. Further enrichment exercises and solutions are provided for the pupils to complete at home and keep their academic curiosity alive.

Thus, our programme aims at boosting the pupils’ confidence and resilience when solving a mathematical problem, enhancing their literacy skills when expressing themselves in different subject languages, and improving their exam techniques ahead of the school entrance tests.

"It really is such a valuable programme for the pupils... they make so many connections between the lessons that I teach and the St. Olave's sessions."
Year 5 Teacher, Manor Oak Primary School 

Community Outreach logoThis programme runs fortnightly, from September to early summer term, with both boys and girls and is designed to:

  • improve problem solving and build non-verbal reasoning skills
  • build the students’ confidence to express themselves in appropriate subject language
  • develop stamina and resilience when problem solving

St. Olave's School Entrance Test for prospective Year 7s

The following links may prove helpful for pupils preparing for our Stage 1 & Stage 2 Entrance tests:

General details relating to the St. Olave's Grammar School Entrance tests (Yr 7 Entry)

An overview of topics included in the Stage 2 Mathematics Entrance test (Yr 7 Entry)

The St. Olave's Stage 1 Entrance Test (SET) and the Stage 2 Entrance Test Sample Questions are available via our website:


Teachers and more recently year 7 boys from St. Olave’s visit local Primary Schools to deliver the programme, and we are investigating ways of providing online support to our partnered Primary Schools.