SPGS named Independent Secondary School of the Year

We are absolutely delighted to have won The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year 2022, as well as to have topped the national rankings once again.

The top performing schools in the U.K. were today revealed in the 29th edition of the Parent Power, Sunday Times Schools Guide 2022. This year’s rankings were based on a three-year analysis of schools’ outcomes from 2017 to 2019.

In addition to maintaining its top position in all league tables, we are thrilled that our school has been named Independent Secondary School of the Year, which we also won back in 2013.

Congratulating the students and staff on this incredible achievement, High Mistress Sarah Fletcher stated: “I am thrilled that The Sunday Times has recognised the hard work of all concerned and the outstanding education we provide. This is an inspirational community blessed by supportive parents. Much more important than any league table ranking is the emphasis we place on friendship, independent learning, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and curiosity. These are some of the attributes and skills that really matter, fostering a love of learning and the confidence that provides resilience and adaptability in a changing world. I am proud of the diverse ambitions of our students and of the multitude of talents they develop through engagement with the wider co-curriculum too. The alacrity with which they take on charitable endeavours is testament to the wonderful sense of generosity and community mindedness, which characterises our school. There is nothing monochrome about life at St Paul’s.”

Alastair McCall, editor of the Parent Power ranking, said: “St Paul’s Girls’ School has dominated our rankings of independent secondary schools like no other – top of the form in all but one of the past 10 years. In that sense, this win was somewhat overdue. The award is about so much more than academic excellence, however. St Paul’s Girls’ School develops students who go on to achieve highly at their chosen universities and in their careers beyond – confident, independent learners with an intellectual curiosity, problem solvers secure in their talents and abilities.”

You can find The Sunday Times article regarding our school here and the full rankings of the best schools in the U.K. here.