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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:36 pm 
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Hi, I understand that QE boys is number 1 state grammar school in UK Academic wise, but just wanted to know about the Oxbridge intake vs the St. Olaves . Few questions below -

1) which of these has higher intake of Oxbridge
2) which of these has Better extracurricular activities and sports ?
3) which of these has a Tougher exam ? i.e which one is more difficult to get into ?

Is it true that St.Olaves is the favourite school of choice for most of the British Politicians ?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:45 pm 
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Hi, I don’t have answers but DD has friends with brothers at Olaves who have thrived. Some came over to Newstead for sixth form and vice versa. Some moved from private schools or comprehensives or other grammars to the sixth form. Bear in mind there is a lot of switching at sixth form so both select highly capable students at 16, not necessarily their own Y7 intake.

Olaves were criticised in a recent review of their admissions as they have an exam for external sixth form students so if that changes and how any change might affect their selection of capable students is anyone’s guess.

Also Oxbridge isn’t always the best indicator, as they don’t do all courses and it may not be the best fit for all students.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:30 pm 
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Is it true that St.Olaves is the favourite school of choice for most of the British Politicians ?


I have never heard that, but I really think that it is irrelevant to choosing a school.
There is unlikely to be any difference in outcomes for a bright child between 2 very good schools. The results from selective schools are largely down to the fact that they select in the first place - if you choose the top 1%, or whatever of children who are good at exams at 10 years old, they are likely to do well in GCSEs & A levels.
I would choose the school based on ease of travel, minimum disruption to the family (what if you moved and the child was unhappy at the chosen school & felt guilty because the whole family had been uprooted?), and possibly the child's interests, either academic, sporting or other extra curricular.
The Oxbridge intakes could switch in the next 7 years, or your child might not be interested in going to one of those universities.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 11:36 pm 
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In all honesty these questions are very odd: they do not matter.

What you should be asking is:

1) can my child get to this school easily and quickly, ideally without needing a parent to drive them?
2) Will this school and its facilities suit my child’s personality and interests?
3) will my child be happy and settled here?

if those three are “yes” then you should put the school at number 1 on your CAF form.

Oxbridge passes just tell you about different children in the past.
Politicians’ children attending are not a marker of status!
what matters is YOUR child and whether this is the right school for them.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 8:41 pm 
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VKG wrote:
Is it true that St.Olaves is the favourite school of choice for most of the British Politicians ?


For what its worth, here is a recent analysis from the Sutton Trust on the schools and universities that the current Cabinet comes from.

https://www.suttontrust.com/our-researc ... ysis-2021/


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:30 pm 
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Upset Dad wrote:
VKG wrote:
Is it true that St.Olaves is the favourite school of choice for most of the British Politicians ?


For what its worth, here is a recent analysis from the Sutton Trust on the schools and universities that the current Cabinet comes from.

https://www.suttontrust.com/our-researc ... ysis-2021/


Tbf, that's where they went themselves, not where they send their own DC. (It would be a bit creepy if the Sutton Trust, or any other organisation, decided to publish a list of the schools attended by the children of Cabinet members, I think?).

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