Parent Information

High Mistress                     Chair of Governors

Mrs Sarah Fletcher                             The Hon Timothy Palmer

St Paul’s Girls’ School                         The Worshipful Company of Mercers
Brook Green                                     Mercers’ Hall
Hammersmith                                   Ironmonger Lane
London                                            London
W6 7BS                                           EC2V 8HE

Telephone: 020 7603 2288                Clerk telephone: 020 7605 1125
Email: hmpa@spgs.org                        Clerk email: nicki.goodfellow@spgs.org
                                                       A full list of governors is available here

Aims

1. Education
To offer an exceptional education for girls, which is both innovative and challenging and which prepares them as individuals to lead successful and fulfilled lives.

2. Wellbeing and lifestyle
To maintain a supportive and outward-looking community with excellent pastoral care which acknowledges the particular needs of young people in contemporary society.

3. Recruitment and admissions
To recruit students of conspicuous potential, irrespective of background, to achieve an intake which echoes the diversity of London as a capital city.

4. Human resources
To attract and retain staff of the highest calibre, providing excellent continuing professional development.

5. Estate and facilities
To develop the existing site, technical infrastructure and management processes to reflect the character and evolving needs of the school.

6. Relationships and communications
To build strong links with the school and wider communities, enhancing the reputation of St Paul’s as the pre-eminent girls’ day school, influencing educational debate and policymaking

7. Sustainability
Working to the best standards of compliance, regulation and environmental responsibility, to ensure that St Paul’s continues to thrive as a school, a charity and a business.

Ethos Statement

As soon as you walk through the door of St Paul’s you feel its warmth and creative energy.

Founded in 1904, St Paul’s was one of the first schools to believe in the importance of educating women to fulfil their potential, giving them the skills and confidence to take their place with pride in a modernising and fast-moving world. That tradition remains at our core.

The academic heart of St Paul’s is enhanced and lightened by the warm relationships between staff and girls, the sheer joy they have in learning, and the encouragement everyone is given to dig deeper; to explore ideas, to challenge preconceptions and to develop their own ideas. Learning here is not just about passing exams. It is about a love of academic pursuits, inspiration and imagination. It is about the quest for ‘very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore’.

From its very beginning, and in advance of its time, St Paul’s embraced a liberal ideology. We believe that true potential can only be unlocked when given the freedom to grow. Our rules are few and relationships are relaxed, yet respectful. We have no uniform and girls are encouraged to develop their own passions and interests. Our curriculum is broad with plenty of opportunity for individual research, discussion and debate. Music and drama are open to all and are performed to a very high standard. The art studio is an oasis of creative energy. Sport is played with verve and distinction, and opportunities of all sorts are magnified many times over in the clubs and societies on offer. There is never a dull moment at St Paul’s!

Success here is not a collective measure. What matters to us is the happiness and achievements of each girl according to her own lights and ambitions. Our students take ownership of their lives, to embrace opportunity and to grow in resilience and self-reliance.

St Paul’s is a caring and generous community. Laughter is never far from the surface and friendships abound. The girls are encouraged to develop a strong spirit of philanthropy, and to engage with those around them who are less privileged than themselves. The school itself has links with groups at home and abroad who benefit from our support. Our bursary scheme provides us with a wonderful opportunity to offer the full breadth of our education to talented girls whatever their background, and to enrich the school beyond measure with their energy and inspiration.

We are proud of our school, and proud too that over the years our alumnae have contributed significantly on a national and global stage. An education at St Paul’s is an extraordinary preparation for life.