My DS has passed St. Olaves stage-1 and I am looking for some guidance from the parents of current students at St Olaves. I recently read online petition & comments from the parents & teachers about the school. We're baffled
Now my biggest worry is; we shouldn't end up in making a wrong decision for my DS. We live in Kent- Judd & Skinners r at our door steps (DS scored very high, so getting a place should not be a problem!). He has even scored decent marks to get into QE but we're not planning to move that far.
I would appreciate if the parents of current Olavians cud answer my queries:
1. Pastoral care
: I've read that the HT is not approachable & the boys don't like him. Apparently, HT is only bothered about the A level results & university destination.
2. Staff turnover ratio
: Again due to the HT, I've heard from the parents that the staff turnover ratio is quite high. I was shocked to hear from one of the Newstead mum whose girl has joined Olaves in 6th form that the course in Olaves was not completed even a week before exams, on the contrary the teachers in Newstead finished the course 3 months in advance & they were doing revisions last year.
: Is the pressure on child too much at Olaves? Apparently, many boys were kicked out this year at 6th form & bright girls from Newstead were admitted to raise the bars of A levels & university destination. Heard of high pressure and nervous environment.
I want my child to be happy & thrive at the school. He has done so well in all the tests without any tuitions. I wanted him to get into a school according to his potentials because I've seen many heavily tutored children struggling once they're in the grammar school. Just my humble opinion - no offence meant!
I wud be grateful if parents can give their honest opinion about their Ds experience at the school. Many thanks in advance.