- Head Sarah Fletcher
St Paul’s Girls’ School is an extraordinary school, offering a classical yet forward-thinking education, which is rooted in a love of academic discovery and enriched by broad co-curricular provision, the kindest and most individual of pastoral care and a commitment to partnerships and service to others.
At St Paul’s, education is not just about passing exams, but rather about a sheer joy of learning. Individual research, discussion and debate are at the heart of our teaching. All students are encouraged to dig deeper, to explore ideas and to develop their own particular interests.
St Paul’s Girls’ School was named The Sunday Times’ Independent Secondary School of the Year 2022 (an accolade it also won in 2013), topping the national league table for the ninth time in ten years.
Our broad and progressive curriculum places emphasis on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and is rich in opportunities to learn about new technologies and engage in cross-curricular projects drawing links between the digital world and other subjects. This aims to give students the skills and confidence to lead the way in a modernising and fast-moving world.
Pastoral care is central to our ethos. Ours is a warm and caring community, underpinned by a keen sense of energy and fun. We embrace a liberal ideology, with no uniform and few rules, and students are given the freedom to develop their individuality. A supportive network, grounded in small tutor groups and bolstered by peer support and an extensive wellbeing team, aims to ensure that all students feel happy and confident as they progress through their education. This sense of security and support enables students to embrace opportunity, to take risks and to develop their resilience.
Our rich and varied co-curricular provision caters to all passions and hobbies. Students find all sorts of things to grab their interest, from Improv Club to Dissection Society, from Junior Feminist Society to Gardening Club. There is always a wealth of music, art, drama and sports taking place at St Paul’s and plenty of opportunity for students of all ages to get involved.
We believe that engagement with the communities around us is vital. We are developing an overseas franchise that will enable students to work together and share ideas across the globe. At home, we are building partnerships to support and benefit the wider communities around us. Volunteering is an important feature of wider school life, with students spending time at homeless shelters, food rescue and redistribution centres, local primary schools and residential care homes. This sits alongside our highly successful bursary programme.
- Age range 11 - 18
- Day / Boarding Day
- Religious affiliation Non-denominational
- 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
- 16+ A Level
- Other exams Pre-U
- Fees (per term) September 2022 - July 2022
- £9,264 per term
- Continuing students: £9,264 per term
- New entrants (Year 12): £9,960 per term
- Find out more about fees >
Bursaries & Scholarships
The provision of bursaries enriches our community in every way; it provides us with a wonderful opportunity to offer the full breadth of our education to talented students whatever their background, and to benefit the school beyond measure with their energy and inspiration.
A bursary is a means-tested award and is determined by the family’s financial circumstances, taking into account income, any realisable assets and other relevant circumstances. The level of assistance provided will depend on individual circumstances and the maximum value awarded is the full published fees. The number of bursaries we award for students who join us in Year 7 and Year 12 is at the discretion of the school and will vary each year.
Scholarships are also awarded to students for exceptional performance in music, drama or art. Scholarships at St Paul’s are honorary and will normally carry a nominal financial award. Scholarships are not means tested.
The following scholarships are available:
Junior Music scholarships (11+) are awarded on the basis of practical audition and interview by the Director of Music and other music staff. They are based on the value of lessons in two instruments/voice and are currently worth £1,680 per annum. Music scholarships at 11+ are tenable for five years when scholars will be able to apply for a 16+ (Year 12) scholarship for their final two years at St Paul’s.
Music exhibitions may also be awarded following the auditions at the discretion of the Director of Music. They are based on the value of lessons in one instrument/voice and are currently worth £840 per annum. As with scholarships, exhibitions are tenable for five years.
Senior Music scholarships (16+) are awarded on the basis of practical audition and interview with our Director of Music and other music staff. They are based on the value of lessons in two instruments/voice and are currently worth £1,680 per annum. Music exhibitions may also be awarded following the auditions at the discretion of the Director of Music. They are based on the value of lessons in one instrument and are currently worth £840 per annum.
Singers of grade 6 or 7 standard who demonstrate a commitment to singing in a choral setting may apply for a music exhibition. They are based on the value of lessons in voice and are currently worth £840 per annum.
Senior Art scholarships (16+) are awarded on the basis of participation at a workshop day, including discussion of a portfolio and a short interview with our Director of Art and other art staff. They are based on the sum of £250 per annum tenable for the two years of Senior School, and scholars will play a full and responsible role in the artistic life of the school. Please note that scholarship candidates will need to be applying to study art at A level.
Senior Drama scholarships (16+) are awarded on the basis of an audition, workshop and interview with our Director of Drama and other drama staff to candidates who show outstanding potential as an actor or director. They are based on the sum of £250 per annum tenable for the two years of Senior School. Please note that scholarship candidates will often study drama at A level, however, those able to demonstrate a significant commitment to co-curricular drama will also be considered.Find out more >
- Art scholarships
- Bursaries for new entrants
- Hardship awards for existing pupils
- Music scholarships
Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.