St. Saviour’s & St. Olave’s School was founded as a grammar school for girls in 1903. It belongs to the St. Olave’s & St. Saviour’s Schools Foundation, which can trace its history back through four centuries to the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Two ancient grammar schools, the St.Saviour’s Grammar School, which was granted a Charter by Queen Elizabeth in 1562, and St. Olave’s Grammar School, which received its Charter in 1571, were among several educational institutions supported and financed by the voluntary efforts of the citizens of Southwark and finally amalgamated in 1899 into the present Foundation.
St. Saviour’s & St Olave’s is a Voluntary Aided School. The Governors own the buildings and are responsible for their general repair and maintenance.