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Founded in 1904 as one of the first purpose built schools for girls, St Paul’s is a piquant mixture of tradition and innovation. The emphasis on liberal learning established by the first High Mistress Frances Gray and Director of Music Gustav Holst, finds expression today in an academically challenging curriculum, which emphasises intellectual freedom and discovery.
Paulinas enjoy the difficult subjects: ancient Greek and Physics are popular, as are German and Maths. A broad co curricular programme includes sport, exceptional music and drama as well as over 100 clubs, from political discussion group to dissection society, often led by girls.
An education at St Paul’s is a quest for “that special illumination and largeness of mind” which comes from a pure pleasure in learning. Paulinas pursue ideas for their own sake and not simply in order to pass examinations.
The school is committed to equal opportunities for all, and welcomes students with special educational needs or physical disabilities, provided that they meet our academic entry requirements. Be aware that as an historic building, the school has limited facilities for the disabled. We plan provision to allow for the academic, social and physical inclusion of SEN students very much on a case by case basis, in consultation with students and their parents. The Learning Support department shares information with, and supports, staff to help them adapt their teaching in the classroom. Students can also have one-to-one sessions with the Learning Support department to address particular needs and to ensure regular involvement in future planning.
Please see our Learning Support Policy on our school website for further details.
Bursaries & Scholarships
A bursary is a means-tested award and its value is determined by the family’s financial circumstances. The maximum value of the bursary can be the full published fees. Awards will be offered on entry to pupils who meet the school’s normal academic and residence requirements and whose parents have demonstrated their inability to afford a full fee-paying place. The number of bursaries we award for pupils who join us in Year 7 and Year 12 is at the discretion of the school and will vary each year.
A scholarship is awarded to a pupil for exceptional performance either in a musical or artistic sphere. 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+) to the value of lessons in two instruments/voice, tenable for five years when scholars will be able to apply for a 16+ scholarship in Year 11 for their final two years at St Paul’s. Music exhibitions may also be awarded following auditions at the discretion of the Director of Music. They are based on the value of lessons in one instrument/voice.
Senior Music Scholarships (16+) to the value of lessons in two instruments/voice and tenable for two years. External candidates must be successful in the Senior School entrance examination. Music exhibitions may also be awarded following auditions at the discretion of the Director of Music. They are based on the value of lessons in one instrument/voice.
Senior Art Scholarships (16+) of the value of £250 per annum are offered to up to two internal and two external candidates who are currently in their final GCSE year and who, if applying from another school, have previously been successful in the Senior School entrance examination. Candidates take part in a workshop and are also required to submit a portfolio.
Senior Drama Scholarships (16+) of the value of £250 per annum are awarded on the basis of an audition, workshop and interview with our Director of Drama to candidates who show outstanding potential as an actor or director. 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.