Admissions

Entry at 16

Life in the Senior School is exciting, offering intellectual freedom and engaging discussion as well as a rich and rewarding co-curricular programme. A warm, relaxed and inclusive environment enables you to forge firm friendships and embrace intellectual risk, developing a personal and academic confidence that will take you far beyond school. As you look towards the future, personalised higher education and careers support will help you achieve your aspirations, whatever they may be.

Every year we welcome new students from a range of backgrounds, including both independent and maintained schools, in the UK and abroad. All become an integral part of our lively and dynamic Senior School. If you are currently studying for GCSEs and would like to take your A level courses in a stimulating, academically challenging environment, then we hope you will consider joining us. Our entrance process consists of examinations in November, followed by an interview; please read on for further details.

The best way to discover St Paul’s and decide if it would be a good fit for you is to visit us. Information about open days can be found here. For more information about life in the Senior School, please click here.

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Through our bursary programme, we aim to make it possible for any student with the ability to thrive at St Paul’s to take up her place, regardless of her family’s financial background. Further details can be found on our bursaries page.

Contact us

We know that selecting a school is an important decision and the Admissions Office is always happy to answer any queries.

Ms Melinda Armitage, Director of Admissions

admissions@spgs.org

020 7605 4882

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Admissions forms

For entry in September 2023

Applications for entry in September 2023 have now closed.

For entry in September 2024 and beyond

Applications for entry beyond 2023 will be accepted from the autumn term a year prior to the proposed year of entry.

The registration forms for entry to St Paul’s in September 2024 will be available here from August 2023.

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Entry timeline 2023

The dates for our entrance process are subject to change dependent on governmental guidance at the time. We will endeavour to give parents and guardians as much notice of any changes as possible.

By the deadline of Friday 14 October 2022 (6pm)

Submit the completed registration forms together with a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, her personal statement and the registration fee of £250 (not applicable for those families applying for a bursary only place).

Please indicate on the form if you would like to apply for a bursary on the grounds of financial need, an art scholarship, a drama scholarship or a music scholarship.

Late applications will not be accepted.


Tuesday 1 November 2022

All students come to St Paul’s to sit entrance examinations (which take place in the morning only) in the subjects they wish to study. We will shortlist students for interview based on these examination results.

Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer alternative dates for the written examinations.

Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 November 2022

Following success in the entrance examinations, students are invited back to St Paul’s for interviews. These interviews cover their subject academic performance and their wider interests.


Early December 2022

The final decisions will be sent out to parents.


Mid-December 2022

Acceptances to offers of a place need to be with the school by this deadline, together with a deposit of 50% of a term’s fees, although reduced deposits apply for successful bursary candidates. An additional overseas deposit is required if one or more of the persons who are jointly and severally responsible for paying the fees is resident outside the United Kingdom.

Spring and summer terms 2023

We will send out a pack of information early in the summer term, together with invitations to various summer term events. Once students have finished their GCSEs, we will invite them to an induction day to meet our staff and some of the current year group.

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Entrance examination guidance

This information is designed to give candidates an idea of what to expect in the entrance examinations. Candidates will sit an entrance examination in each of the four subjects they wish to be considered for. Each examination will last 45 minutes.

Art and Design

There is no examination for art. Candidates are instead requested to bring along working sketchbooks and a portfolio of work which will be viewed by the Director of Art and Design.


Biology

This examination is based on GCSE level knowledge and we understand that candidates will not have necessarily studied all topics as they are only part way through Year 11. The examination tests the ability of candidates to analyse and evaluate practical work (in a biological context) and then answer key biological questions in detail by writing an essay. Candidates are able to choose questions based on their interests or expertise.

Chemistry

This examination is based on GCSE level knowledge and we understand that candidates will not have necessarily studied all topics as they are only part way through Year 11. Approximately one third of the entrance paper will involve a choice of questions and candidates may choose to answer the question that tests material with which they are most familiar.


Drama and Theatre

This examination is based on GCSE level knowledge and is split into two parts. Section one will assess your skills in analysing performance, technical elements and stage conventions. Section two asks you to consider the theatre director’s role and analyses your ability to interpret text for performance.

Economics

The entrance examination for economics will not require any specialist knowledge, though a general awareness of current economic affairs may be helpful in terms of argument construction. We will be testing basic verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills via a short multiple-choice test, as well as the ability to write logically and clearly, to explain ideas and arguments fully, and to be able to interpret data.

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English Literature

This examination is based on GCSE level skills. We will be testing the ability to analyse poetry or a piece of prose, to develop ideas and arguments with maturity and clarity and to demonstrate a capacity engage with language sensitively and in detail. Candidates will be expected to have read beyond their set texts.


Geography

This examination is based on GCSE level knowledge. We understand that candidates will not have necessarily studied all topics as they are only part way through Year 11 and therefore there will be a choice of questions within the paper. We will be testing the ability of candidates to apply their geographical knowledge and skills with confidence to different resources. In addition, we are looking for clear and logical explanations of geographical processes with case study material incorporated to support arguments.

Greek (Classical)

The entrance paper will follow a similar format to the OCR GCSE paper, consisting of unseen translation and comprehension of one or two passages of Greek, alongside a choice between grammar questions on one of the passages and some English into Greek sentences. We understand that candidates may well not have studied all GCSE topics by this stage of the academic year and will assess papers on that basis. We will expect a working knowledge of the more common words in the vocabulary list published for the OCR Unit J292/01 language paper; less common words will be glossed.


History of Art

The entrance examination for History of Art will not require any specialist knowledge. We will be testing the ability to write logically and clearly, to explain ideas and arguments fully, and to carefully record visual analysis.


History

There is no set syllabus for this examination. The paper will consist of two questions, each on a separate passage, which will test skills of comprehension, inference, and analysis.

Latin

The entrance paper will test GCSE-level knowledge of language and will follow a similar format to the OCR GCSE paper, consisting of unseen translation and comprehension of one or two passages of Latin, alongside a choice between grammar questions on one of the passages and some English into Latin sentences. We understand that candidates will not necessarily have studied all GCSE topics by this stage of the academic year. We will, however, expect a working knowledge of the vocabulary required for the OCR Unit J282/01 language paper.


Mathematics

Mathematics and Further Mathematics

This examination is based on GCSE level knowledge and we understand that candidates will not have necessarily studied all topics as they are only part way through Year 11. A formulae sheet is provided and calculators may be used in this examination. However, you should bear in mind that a significant amount of credit is given for your workings. You will be expected to demonstrate excellent skills in algebraic manipulation and to apply sound logical deductions in constructing equations and solving problems.

Modern Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

These papers are based on GCSE level knowledge and we understand that candidates will not have necessarily studied all topics as they are only part way through Year 11. The examination will test reading comprehension, grammar and writing skills. Dictionaries are not permitted. If called for interview, candidates should expect to have part of their interview conducted in the language.


Music

This examination is based on GCSE level knowledge although some questions will allow candidates to go beyond this. The paper consists of listening questions testing recognition of musical periods, genre, metre, texture, cadences, tonality, harmony, melody and rhythm using multiple choice, short and longer written answers. Candidates will not be asked to perform or compose.

Philosophy

Philosophy and Theology

The entrance examination for Philosophy will not require any specialist knowledge. We will be testing the ability to think logically and to write clearly, as well as the ability to explain ideas and arguments fully.


Physics

This examination is based on Level 2 (GCSE or IGCSE) knowledge and skills, although we are aware that most candidates will not yet have covered all the topics in their specification. Approximately one third of the entrance paper will involve a choice of question and candidates may choose to answer the question that tests material with which they are most familiar.

Politics

There is no set syllabus for this examination. It will consist of a passage to test comprehension and deduction, followed by an open-ended question that enables candidates to draw on any political knowledge they have.

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FAQs

Q: What bursaries and scholarships are available?

We offer a number of means-tested bursaries per year; the maximum value awarded is the full published fees. Detailed information is available on our bursaries page. We also offer 16+ scholarships in music, drama and art; further details on fees and scholarships are available here.


Q: Is there a limit on how far students can travel to school each day?

Students are required to live within a reasonable distance of the school and we may decline to pursue an application where, in our opinion, it may require an unrealistically demanding journey for the student. Further details are available in our Admissions Policy.

Admissions Policy

Q: Are boarding facilities available?

St Paul’s is a day school with no boarding facilities available, which means we are unfortunately unable to accommodate overseas students. It is our school policy that all students must live in London with their parents for the duration of their education. We would expect students to be covered as a dependent on a parent’s visa status as we do not sponsor Tier 4 visas for entrants.


Q: Are school buses available?

View the school bus schedule here

Q: Does the school accept overseas applications?

Several pupils join us each year from overseas and your application is most welcome.

For 16+ entry, we can arrange for applicants to sit their assessment overseas at a local British Council office. You simply need to make contact with your local British Council office to confirm that they will invigilate the assessment, and provide us with their contact details. We will then email the papers and instructions to them in order for them to conduct the assessment. The completed papers will then be returned to us for marking.

All interviews will be conducted remotely, and we will try to schedule them to a convenient time for your time zone.  Please note that you will not be able to sit the examinations at your current school.

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