St. Saviours and St. Olave's School, Southwark

Following a 1996 initiative by Sir Francis McWilliams, a former Lord Mayor, Contact was made with St Saviours and St. Olaves School for Girls in Southwark. Headmistress Mrs. Irene Bishop welcomed the approach and immediately sought to identify ways by which the Company could assist. The relationship has moved from strength to strength.

St. Saviours is a Church of England foundation in the Southwark Diocese, a fact reflected in the importance of religious education taught as a core subject to GCSE level to all girls. The School's website is well worth a visit to gain an understanding not only of their plans but also of the challenges which face all inner-city schools.

The School crest. Click for larger image in a new window


There are many other distinguishing features which set the school apart. For example, the school was granted 'Beacon' status by the Government in 1999. More recently the school has gained special status as a science and technology centre.

The success of Irene Bishop's leadership has been recognised in many ways including an Honorary Doctorate from Exeter University and being appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Dr Bishop retires at Easter 2013 and a new headteacher, Ms Catherine May, has been appointed.

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