About

Ethos
and
Aims

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.

A love of learning

At St Paul’s, education is not just about passing exams, but rather about the sheer joy of learning. Individual research, discussion and debate are at the heart of our teaching. Students are encouraged to dig deeper, to explore ideas and to develop their own particular interests.

Our broad and progressive curriculum places emphasis on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is rich in opportunities to learn about new technologies and engage in cross-curricular projects drawing links between the digital world and other subjects.

Students are prepared to navigate an increasingly interconnected world with ease.

At all stages our teaching promotes creativity, active learning, problem-solving and collaborative ways of working, developing confident and engaged learners.

Students studying in the Garden Building.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

We offer a broad range of opportunities outside the classroom to encourage students’ passions and develop their resilience, confidence and teamwork. A vast range of clubs and societies are available, from Improv Club to Dissection Society, from Junior Feminist Society to Gardening Club, many of which are devised and run by the students themselves.

The breadth of activities on offer encourages students of all ages to get involved, whether their interests lie on the stage or on the pitch.

Programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and Young Enterprise competition enable students to take risks and challenge themselves.

Positions of responsibility, from editing magazines to joining the school council, develop their skills as role models of the future.

The aim is to provide students with a full and rounded education, enriched by enjoyable experiences and strong friendships.

High Mistress Sarah Fletcher assists a classroom of students.

A warm and caring community

Our top priority is enabling our students to learn and flourish in a happy and supportive environment. The academic heart of the school is underpinned by warm relationships between staff and students and a keen sense of energy and fun. Strong systems of support mean students always have somewhere to turn when they need a listening ear, from peer supporters to in-house school counsellors. Central to our wellbeing provision is the principle that all members of our school community should feel respected, welcomed and able to be their authentic selves. Our pastoral curriculum aims to expose our students to a diverse range of perspectives and demonstrate the importance of collaboration, diversity and inclusion, empowering them to make a difference in the world beyond school.

An outward-looking focus

We believe that engagement with the communities around us is vital. We are developing an overseas franchise rich in opportunities for exchanges and the sharing of ideas, enabling students to work together across the globe. At home, we are developing 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.

Students with local primary school students, teaching them in the library.

Increasing access

The provision of bursaries is central to our ethos and enriches our community in every way; we currently provide transformational bursaries to 11% of students and seek to grow this over time to 20%. We are also looking to grow our endowment fund so we can sustain our bursary provision over the long term.

Not only have I been given the tools to achieve my goals, but the landscape of possible goals has widened. Justine Archer, Governor, Old Paulina and former bursary recipient

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