We are fortunate to have use of some excellent local facilities to further enrich the learning experiences of the children at St Olave’s.

Whether it be the local librarian, our vicar, or local volunteers in our allotment, St Olave’s children benefit from a wide range of facilities and support for their education. And they give back to the community too; running stalls at The New Eltham Festival, supporting local events, organising litter picks and carol singing at the switching on of Christmas lights.

The strong foundation of social awareness and social skills means that pupils are very ready to extend their experience beyond the immediate school community and they very effectively support charities locally and internationally

ISI June 2019

Eric Liddell

Children attend the Eric Liddell Centre for swimming lessons from Year 2, where they are taught by qualified instructors.  Children of all abilities are catered for within our swimming lessons, from the non-swimmer to the club swimmer. The lessons are structured and are split into groups as necessary. All groups are taught about safety within the pool environment and water confidence.  We hold two galas every year and the children compete in their Houses to win House Points and the coveted St Olave’s swimming Trophy.

Rose Bruford Theatre

Our annual Presentation Evening is held at The Rose Theatre. It is arranged as a theatre-in-the-round with seating surrounding the performance space. The children finish their time at St Olave's Prep fully equipped for a happy transition to the next stage of their educational journey. This is celebrated by a formal presentation evening in the Rose Theatre, including a full Upper School performance of a well known musical followed by personalised citations from their class teachers. This is always a night to remember.

Footscray Rugby Club

We use extensive sports facilities on Footscray Road, which is a short walk from the school.  We take sport seriously at St Olave’s Prep School and compete with remarkable success at the highest levels.  We have competitive teams in football, hockey, cricket, rugby, basketball, swimming, cross country and triathlon.  Children also enjoy rounders, tennis, dance, skateboarding, athletics and golf.

Forest School

Dressed in weatherproof clothing, our Early Years children attend regular sessions with our qualified Forest School Leaders.  Forest School sets learning in a different context for children where they can undertake a range of practical activities and carry out small achievable tasks. At Forest School, children can develop their team working skills and also learn to become more independent. Those who are unfamiliar with woodlands and green spaces can become confident in using them and this can form the basis of a life-long relationship with natural spaces.


Our dedicated teacher gives all children the opportunity to plant, grow and harvest vegetables, fruit and herbs, always hoping for a bumper harvest.  All children play a key role in developing and maintaining our allotments, alongside our gardeners, in daily, lunch time gardening sessions, after school gardening clubs, during class time and Saturday and School holiday family gardening sessions. Our allotment provides an outdoor opportunity for everyone to get their hands dirty, to grow their own and understand where food comes from.  The produce is then used in the School Kitchen so the children can sample the fruits of their labours.

All Saints' Church

We are privileged to use All Saints’ Church, a friendly church at the heart of New Eltham’s community.  Many celebrations are held here, as well as RE lessons and talks from Reverend Rose. The church provides the perfect setting for our Christmas and Easter concerts, as well as our annual Harvest Festival and Evening of Music.