Search

St Olave’s students return to A-levels after initial ban over low grades

PUBLISHED: 09:42 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 05 September 2017

St Olave's Grammar School

St Olave's Grammar School

Archant

Students will return to the school today

A-level students who had their places at an Orpington grammar school withdrawn after failing to achieve certain grades will now be allowed to return.

The decision was welcomed by Orpington MP Jo Johnson, the Science and Universities Minister, who called it a “sensible move” by a “great school” on Twitter.

After the U-turn, St Olave’s, said its goal has always been to “nurture boys who flourish” and help them fulfil “their full potential academically and in life generally”.

Legal action was taken against the governing body of the high-achieving school after two students were told they could not continue their A-level studies into Year 13.

The pupils, who cannot be named for legal reasons, failed to achieve Bs in any of their subjects taken in the first year of sixth form, lawyers said.

Dan Rosenberg, from Simpson Millar solicitors, who has been acting for the families, said he was “pleased the school has agreed to readmit the children and withdraw their policy”.

He added: “We would now expect all other schools with similar policies to do the same”.

The school said in a statement: “Following a review of the school’s policy on entry to Year 13, the headmaster and governors of St Olave’s Grammar School have taken the decision to remove this requirement and we have today written to all parents of pupils affected to explain this and offer them the opportunity to return to the school and continue their studies.

“Our aim as a school has been and continues to be to nurture boys who flourish and achieve their full potential academically and in life generally.

“Our students can grow and flourish, making the very best of their talents to achieve success.”

The school, which will start its new term today (Tuesday), is said to operate a three-pronged policy to “maintain its exceptional A-level results”.

Year 12 pupils will normally have gained three Bs or higher if they wish to complete their studies in Year 13, the school’s sixth form rules and regulations state.

An email sent to the school’s Year 12 tutors in June said that pupils who scored a C would not be able to pursue that subject through to A-level.

If a student scored a C, they must sign an agreement that the school reserves the right not to enter them for A-level examinations in any subject in which it is considered they will not score a B or above.

Latest news

Want to know what’s going on for the family this half term? Look no further:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this bank holiday weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Five men who were arrested on Tuesday, May 22 as part of a dawn raid carried out by officers in Bromley have been charged with burglary and theft offences.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A man has today, Thursday, May 24, been arrested in connection with the death of Sophie Cavanagh from Bromley.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bromley twins from Cobham Hall Independent School have created their very own escape room in the school’s dungeon, which was described by a member of staff as “the best I’ve done.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the death of a woman who was discovered in a flat in Bromley was deemed suspicious.

Most read

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder