About St Paul’s

St Paul’s School has been leading the way academically for over 500 years.

St Paul’s is an independent school offering an outstanding, all-round education for gifted boys aged 7 to 18 years.

Our founder John Colet opened the doors to St Paul’s School in 1509 to educate boys “from all nacions and countres indifferently”. We offer financial support for any boy who is successful in gaining a place at the school on academic merit and fulfils the means-tested bursary criteria.

We wish to admit highly able, committed and curious boys. We care for them in an academic environment tailored to their specific needs and to equip them with the skills to contribute to wider society long after they have left St Paul’s. Our entry points are at 7+ (Year 3), 8+ (Year 4), 11+ (Year 7), 13+ (Year 9) and 16+ (Year 12) and admission is following a successful examination process and interview.

St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors are located on 45 acres of green open space on the banks of the River Thames in Barnes, London. Our campus is unique amongst London schools for the on-site facilities it offers – from boat club to theatre, art gallery to cricket pitch, concert hall to engineering workshop.  This is a particularly exciting time to join the school as over the last few years we have refurbished the majority of the senior school site including a new astro-turf pitch, a stunning Drama Centre, featuring the Dorfman theatre, and an RIBA award-winning Science building. In March 2020, we completed the redevelopment of the Senior School. Our two General Teaching Buildings offer a central Atrium, Colet Hall and Chapel, contemporary dining, the Kayton Library and many light airy classrooms overlooking the Thames and playing fields.

We hope you find all the information you need as you browse through this website and look forward to welcoming you at one of our tours in the near future.

Our Vision and Values

In 1509 John Colet founded St Paul’s School to educate 153 boys “from all nacions and countres indifferently”

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Pupils grow into confident young adults as a direct result of the autonomy the school provides them and the highest levels of pastoral support.
Academic results are phenomenal: over 50% of A levels and Pre Us and 86% of GCSEs achieved A*s with 18% of leavers heading to Ivy League universities.
Tatler Schools Guide 2021 - 鶹
For very bright, confident, motivated boys who like to think for themselves, St Paul's provides a truly unrivalled education. A unique start in life.
Good Schools Guide 2021
This is a school that suits boys of all types: ‘we love bookworks and rugby players’. All they ask is that pupils have a real enthusiasm for learning and an agile, enquiring mind.
Tatler Schools Guide 2021 - St Paul's Juniors
The St Paul's recipe for academic stardom remains the same: cream off the very brightest, recruit the very best, light the blue touch paper and stand clear. The resulting sparks illuminate the sky.
Good Schools Guide 2021
18th May 2023

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