The SPGS journey

Alumnae

The school takes pride in its Old Paulina community, welcoming and embracing a group of alumnae wide and far reaching, who contribute significantly on a national and global stage.

The school aims to help Old Paulinas keep in touch with each other via regular communications and publications and with a unique, vibrant and varied events calendar. Events include reunions, career networking events, cultural experiences, school concerts, and a variety of other social gatherings. Our dedicated alumnae platform, OP Connect, enables Old Paulinas to stay connected to the school community, from reminiscing with old classmates to acting as mentors for graduating students. Wherever they are in the world, alumnae can use OP Connect to make the most of our global, social and professional network.

The history of the Old Paulina community originates from a group of alumnae forming the League, founded on 7 February 1908. The term ‘Old Paulinas’, as opposed to ‘old girls’, emerged during the First World War. The first recorded use of the phrase is in the school magazine of December 1916, in which the editorial addressed ‘Old Paulinas’.

The St Paul’s Development Office oversees and fosters the relationships with Old Paulinas. If you have any questions about our events, activities or fundraising programmes, please do get in touch.

Emma Porter
Alumnae Relations Manager

spgsalumnae@spgs.org

020 7605 4815

A group of SPGS Alumnae in the school library, with the High Mistress.

1900s

1906

Angela Thirkell (née Mickail)

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1906. Prolific novelist from 1921 until the late 1950s.

Old Paulina Angela Thirkell.

1908

Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Godfree

SPORT

OP 1908. British tennis and badminton player who won five Olympic golds and two Wimbledon Championships during her career.

Old Paulina Kitty Godfree.

1910

Mavis Tate

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1910. Conservative MP and campaigner for women’s rights.

Old Paulina Mavis Tate.

1910s

1911

Gluck (formerly Hannah Gluckstein)

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1911. Famous British painter best known for the ‘Gluck Frame’ and for painting stylised flowerpieces.

Image is a self-portrait of Gluck in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Old Paulina Gluck.

1914

Dodie Smith

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1914. Novelist and playwright best known for writing The Hundred and One Dalmatians and I Capture the Castle.

Old Paulina Dodie Smith.

1916

Joan Cross

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1916. Operatic soprano.

Old Paulina Joan Cross.

1916

Joan Beauchamp Procter

SCIENCE

OP 1916. Zoologist and first female Curator of Reptiles at the London Zoo.

Old Paulina Joan Beauchamp-Procter.

1918

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

SCIENCE

OP 1918. Famous astronomer and astrophysicist.

Old Paulina Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.

1919

Lucy Mair

ACADEMIC

OP 1919. Social anthropologist.

Old Paulina Lucy Mair.

1920s

1921

Irene Manton

SCIENCE

OP 1921. A botanist known for her work on algae and Professor of Botany at the University of Leeds.

Old Paulina Irene Manton.

1922

Evelyn, Baroness Sharp

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1922. Civil servant and first woman to hold the position of a Permanent Secretary.

Old Paulina Evelyn Sharp, Baroness Sharp.

1923

Sidnie Manton

SCIENCE

OP 1923. Sister of Irene Manton. Became an entomologist and one of the most renowned zoologists of the twentieth century. 

Old Paulina Sidnie Manton.

1925

Imogen Holst

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1925. Composer and conductor. Daughter of Gustav Holst.

Dame Kathleen Kenyon

ACADEMIC

OP 1925. One of the most famous archaeologists of Libya, Jericho and Jerusalem.

Rosalind Norman (Lady Burke)

OTHER

OP 1925. Aviatrix and aircraft factory manager during World War II.

Old Paulina Imogen Holst.

1926

Dame Celia Johnson

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1926. Actress. The school theatre is named in her honour.

Old Paulina Celia Johnson.

1930s

1931

Anne Scott-James (Lady Lancaster)

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1931. One of Britain’s first female career journalists writing for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and the Daily Mail. Mother of the famous historian and journalist Sir Max Hastings.

Beatrice de Cardi

ACADEMIC

OP 1931. The eminent archaeologist passed away in 2016 at the age of 102. To our knowledge, she has been the most long-lived Paulina.

Old Paulina Anne Scott-James.

1932

Jocelyn Herbert

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1932. Highly influential stage designer and seminal figure in post-war twentieth-century theatre.

Dr Barbara Reynolds

ACADEMIC

OP 1932. Noted Italian scholar, editor of the Cambridge Italian Dictionary and biographer of Dante. Also an expert on Dorothy Sayers.

Old Paulina Jocelyn Herbert.

1933

Monica Dickens

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1933. Novelist and great grand-daughter of Charles Dickens. A creative writing prize at St Paul’s is named in her honour.

Old Paulina Monica Dickens.

1933

Dame Alison Munro (née Donald)

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1933. Civil servant and High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School from 1964 to 1974.

Old Paulina Dame Alison Munroe.

1938

Rosalind Franklin

SCIENCE

OP 1938. A scientist who made major contributions to the discovery of DNA. She was portrayed by Nicole Kidman in the 2015 West End production of Photograph 51.

Old Paulina Rosalind Franklin.

1939

Ursula Howells

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1939. Actress and daughter of Herbert Howells, Director of Music at St Paul’s.

Old Paulina Ursula Howells.

1940s

1941

Suzanne Miers Oliver

ACADEMIC

OP 1941. Historian of Africa and slavery and taught at many universities, including University of London, University of Malay and Ohio University.

Old Paulina Suzanne Miers-Oliver.

1943

Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick (née Moore)

ACADEMIC

OP 1943. First female president of the Royal College of Physicians.

Helen Wallis

ACADEMIC

OP 1943. Considered the nation’s first Map Librarian for her work at the British Library. Perhaps the most published Paulina.

Old Paulina Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick.

1944

Brigid Brophy (Lady Levey)

ACADEMIC

Novelist, freethinker and evangelical vegetarian. 12 June 1929-7 August 1995.

Old Paulina Brigid Brophy.

1946

Gillian Ayres CBE

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1946. Painter.

Old Paulina Gillian Ayres.

1947

Shirley, Baroness Williams

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1947. Labour MP and Cabinet Minister who helped found the Social Democratic Party.

Shirley Conran (née Pearce)

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1947. Novelist and journalist perhaps best known for writing Superwoman.

Elspeth Napier

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1947. Former Editor of the Royal Horticultural Society publication.

Old Paulina Baroness Shirley William.

1949

Barbara Moore

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1949. Singer, pianist, and composer and arranger for film, BBC, television and radio.

Old Paulina Barbara Moore.

1950s

1951

Margaret Marker

SCIENCE

OP 1951. Geographer and environmentalist.

Old Paulina Margaret Marker.

1953

Margaret Calvert

ART

OP 1953. Designed and created signage for all British roads. Appointed OBE for services to typography and road safety.

Old Paulina Margaret Calvert.

1955

Professor Catherine Peckham

SCIENCE

OP 1955. First Professor of Pediatric Epidemiology in the UK.

Patricia Rothman

ACADEMIC

OP 1955. Mathematician and historian of women in mathematics.

Old Paulina Catherine Peckham.

1956

Judy Jackson

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1956. Author of seven cookbooks, including The Essential Jewish Cookbook and Lookit Cookit: Kitchen Games for Curious Children. Her novel The Camel Trail won an award in 2007.

Old Paulina Judy Jackson.

1958

Onora, Baroness O’Neill

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1958. Distinguished philosopher and cross bench member of the House of Lords. Previous roles include Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the tenth Principle of Newnham College, Cambridge.

Old Paulina Baroness Onora O'Neill.

1960s

1960

Jessica and Nicola Mann

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1955, OP 1962. Jessica is an internationally known crime novelist, while Nicola Beauman is a literary critic, biographer, and founder and director of Persephone Books.

Rosalind Wright

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1960. Chairman of Britain’s independent Fraud Advisory Panel.

Old Paulina Jessica Mann.

1970s

1971

Adoley Odunton Proser

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1971. TV and film actress.

Carol Thatcher

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1971. Author and media personality. Daughter of Margaret Thatcher.

Old Paulina Adoley Proser.

1972

Amanda Levete

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1972. Distinguished architect. Awarded CBE in 2017 for services to architecture.

Tessa Hunkin

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1972. Well-known mosaicist.

Old Paulina Amanda Levete.

1974

Dame Helen Alexander

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1974. Distinguished businesswoman. Chief Executive of The Economist until 2008.
First female president of the CBI.

Old Paulina Dame Helen Alexander.

1976

Jane, Baroness Bonham-Carter

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1976. Television producer and Liberal Democrat peer.

Old Paulina Jane Bonham Carter.

1977

Alexandra and Nicola Shulman

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1976, OP 1978. Alexandra is best known for being the Editor of the British edition of Vogue, while Nicola (Marchioness of Normanby) is a writer and literary critic.

Jo, Baroness Valentine

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1977. Member of the House of Lords and Chief Executive of London First.

Old Paulina Alexandra Shulman.

1977

Imogen Stubbs

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1977. Actress and playwright.

Annabel Arden

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1977. Theatre Director and founding member of Theatre de Complicite.

Old Paulina Imogen Stubbs.

1978

Bronwen Maddox

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1978. Chief Executive of Prospect magazine and former Chief Foreign Commentator of The Times.

Old Paulina Bronwen Maddox.

1979

Natasha and Joely Richardson

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1979. Well-known actresses.

Old Paulina Natasha Richardson.

1980s

1983

Kate Bingham

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 1983. Scientist and businesswoman.

Karen Jones

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1983. Flautist and principal flute with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and many other ensembles.

Old Paulina Kate Bingham.

1984

Jane da Mosto

SCIENCE

OP 1984. Co-founder of charity organisation We Are Here Venice, an active charitable organisation with the aim of protecting the future of Venice for Venetians and the world.

Old Paulina Jane da Mosto.

1986

Naiza Khan

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1986. Internationally known sculptor.

Old Paulina Naiza Khan.

1986

Sophie Raworth and Stephanie Flanders

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OPs 1986. BBC News journalists and broadcasters.

Old Paulina Sophie Raworth.

1987

Justine Frischmann

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1987. An abstract painter and musician best known for being the lead singer of the band Elastica. Photograph credited to FLibra.

Old Paulina Justine Frischmann.

1988

Rachel Weisz

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1988. Well-known actress and recipient of several accolades including an Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Gold Globe Award.

Old Paulina Rachel Weisz.

1989

Susanna Reid

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1989. Broadcaster and current presenter on Good Morning Britain.

Heather Monro

OTHER

OP 1989. The second British female orienteer to win a medal at the World Orienteering Championships.

Old Paulina Susanna Reid.

1989

Emily Mortimer

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1989. Well-known actress.

Old Paulina Emily Mortimer.

1990s

1990

Allegra McEvedy

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1990. The Guardian food writer, famous chef and founder of Leon restaurant.

Victoria Coren

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1990. Weekly columnist for The Observer and The Guardian while also the first woman to win an event on the European Poker Tour.

Old Paulina Allegra McEvedy.

1991

Nell Gifford (née Stroud)

OTHER

OP 1991. Founder and owner of Giffords Circus.

Kate Dimbleby

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1991. Well-known jazz and blues singer.

Old Paulina Nell Gifford.

1993

Blanche Girouard

ACADEMIC

OP 1993. Teacher at SPGS, author, and lyricist.

Old Paulina Blanche Girouard.

1994

Thomasina ‘Tommi’ Miers

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1994. Author and chef who won the BBC television show Master Chef. Owner of Wahaca.

Helen and Ruth Goodridge

SCIENCE

OP 1994. Both scientists, Ruth is a biochemist while Helen focuses on microbes in the immune system.

Old Paulina Thomasina Miers.

1995

Kit Whitfield

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 1995. Recent author, best known for writing Bareback (Benighted in the United States).

Old Paulina Kit Whitfield.

1997

Em Marshall-Luck

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1997. Director of EM Records, the recording arm of the English Music Festival. Photograph credited to Frances Marshall.

Old Paulina Em Marshall Luck.

1999

Blanche McIntyre

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 1999. Theatre Director. Recipient of numerous awards, including that of Best Director at the 2013 Theatre Awards.

Dr Elizabeth Hunt

OTHER

OP 1999. Medical Officer and current psychiatry core trainee in the British Armed Forces.

Old Paulina Blanche McIntyre.

2000s

2000

Miranda Kaufmann

ACADEMIC

OP 2000. Historian and journalist. Recent author of Black Tudors: The Untold Story.

Anna Stothard

WRITER, JOURNALIST

OP 2000. Novelist and journalist who published her first novel Isabel and Rocco when she was 19.

Emily Wise

SCIENCE
OP 2000. Specialist Registrar in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. Working on tuberculosis projects in Uzbekistan.

Old Paulina Miranda Kaufmann.

2001

Emily Morgan

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 2001. Independent British film producer. Awarded a BAFTA for her film I Am Not a Witch in 2017.

Old Paulina Emily Morgan.

2002

Sasha Siem

ART, MUSIC, FILM

OP 2002. Up and coming singer-songwriter and composer who was one of the youngest to win the British Composer Award in 2010. Her début album, Most of the Boys, was released in 2015.

Louise Hopper

POLITICS, LAW, CIVIL SERVICE, BUSINESS

OP 2002. Received an MBE for for services to furthering British interests in Libya.

Old Paulina Sasha Siem.

2005

Zoe de Toledo

SPORT

OP 2005. Coxswain and winner of a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with the coxed 8+. This marks the first Olympic medal won by a British women’s eight. She coxed the eight that won the gold medal at the 2016 European Rowing Championships and for the 2012 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Old Paulina Zoe de Toledo.

2009

Edie Campbell

OTHER

OP 2009. Well-known professional model.

Old Paulina Edie Campbell.

2010s

2012

Maxie Scheske

SPORT

OP 2012. Rower in the victorious Oxford crew at the 2015 Women’s Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Old Paulina Maxie Scheske.

2013

Jennifer Ehr

SPORT

OP 2013. Coxswain in the victorious Oxford crew at the 2015 Women’s Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Has since worked as a site engineer for Morgan Sindall.

Old Paulina Jennifer Ehr.

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