How to apply

How to apply

Entry to St Olave’s School

If you are ready to apply for entry to St Olave’s School, you can download an Application Form here.

All information for the admissions process will automatically be sent to you once your application form has been received.

Points of entry to St Olave’s School

The standard points of entry are at ages 8, 10 and 11, (Year 4, Year 6 and Year 7) by which it is meant that girls and boys should have passed their 8th, 10th or 11th birthday before 1 September in the year of starting St Olave’s. Each year we are usually able to offer up to six Year 4 places, ten Year 6 places and eighteen Year 7 places.

Occasionally places are available at age 9 and 12 and can be considered on request. The school welcomes a discussion where your child’s birth date falls outside the recommended dates.

The majority of our places are offered at the end of January. Applicants applying after this time may well find that there are only Waiting List places available. Please phone us on 01904 527 391 to find out the current position.

Entrance Assessments

All prospective pupils must pass the school’s entrance assessment. Boarders are normally tested prior to the entrance assessment date to give parents as much planning time as possible.

The entrance assessment dates for January 2018 are:
Monday 29 January (J1-J3)
Thursday 1 February (J4-J5) 

The assessments take place at St Olave’s School. For families living some distance away, arrangements can be made for the assessments to be administered at the child’s current school with the permission of their Head Teacher.

The entrance assessments will include computer-based maths, English and reasoning tests, a creative writing paper and a group task. We do not expect pupils to prepare or revise for the tests as they are designed to show us how a pupil thinks, rather than what they have covered in the curriculum.

Visiting the Master and Boarding House

Before your entrance assessments, you will have the opportunity to meet and tour the School with the Master (Head), Mr Andy Falconer. Prospective full time boarding pupils, flexi-boarding pupils or weekly boarding pupils will also have an opportunity to visit Wentworth House, our family-run boarding house, with Rev and Mrs Wright, the House parents. The meeting and tour with Mr Falconer normally lasts for 90 minutes and the boarding tour for 30 minutes.

Offer of a place

Successful candidates are informed of an offer of a place within a week to ten days of taking the assessments. Should a year be oversubscribed, some pupils may be invited to join a waiting list, from which offers can be made at any time up to the beginning of the new school year.

Confidential Head’s report

Although the assessment papers are a major element in selection, the offer will be subject to a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current Head Teacher. You will be sent this report to give to your child’s Head Teacher before the assessments take place. It is important that the report is returned before the assessments, to ensure all information is available to Mr Falconer, for offers to be considered.

Tell us about your child

You will be sent a letter with details of the assessment day in the second half term of the Christmas term. You will also be sent a form to complete, where you can tell us about your child’s interests and achievements.

Help with Fees

Fee assistance is means-tested and some funds are made available for entry to J4 (Year 7). Applications should reach the school by 31 December for a place in the following September. Please contact Mrs Gillian Daniells, Admissions Officer, for further information at g.daniells@stpetersyork.org.uk

Policy for Entry

Please click to see the Policy for entry to St Olave's and progression to St Peter's.

Contacts

We look forward to welcoming you and taking you through the application process. We will ensure that all visits and meetings are arranged for you prior to assessments.

The Master’s PA
Mrs Clare Murgatroyd
01904 527391 or email c.murgatroyd@stolavesyork.org.uk

The School Secretary
Mrs Judith Williams
01904 527416 or email j.williams@stolavesyork.org.uk