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St Pauls School London

In 2018 - 51.0% of A-Level and Pre-U students achieved A*
Address: Lonsdale Rd, London SW13 9JT

Description St Pauls School London

  • Founded: in 1509
  • Location: London, UK
  • Age of students: 13-18 years
  • Total number of students: 1000 people
  • Type of training: separate (boys only)
  • Type of accommodation: residence (board) or full-time
  • Language of instruction: English.

One of the oldest and most prestigious private schools in London - St Pauls School London (School St Pauls School London) - was founded in 1509 by priest John Colet. The school is listed among the 9 oldest and most elite schools in the UK on a par with such giants as Westminster School, Eaton and Harrow: the first accreditations and verifications by the legendary Claredon Commission were passed as far back as 1861.

It was named in honor of the famous St. Paul's Cathedral (St Paul's Cathedral), where the educational institution for boys existed since 1103. Initially, the main goal of education here was "providing education for children of all nations and countries without restrictions," and the main subjects were etiquette and literature. It is noteworthy that for a long time St Pauls School London was the largest school in England, and its director received a salary almost twice as high as the director of the legendary Eton College. However, the children (there were about 155 people at that time) did not pay for the training: they were required to be literate, obedient and only pay for the candles. It is also worth noting that Sir John Colet was a good friend of Sir Thomas More and Erasmus of Rotterdam: the latter even wrote textbooks for the school, including the first in the UK manuals on the ancient Greek language.

In 2009, the number of students reaches 856 people, and now there are about 1000 young men from 13 to 18 years old - the school still adheres to the tradition of split education. There is a separate building for students 7-13 years old - St Paul's Juniors (formerly Colet Court), as well as a friendly school for girls St Paul's Girls' School, opened in 1904 in Hammersmith. In St Pauls School London boys of any nationality, color, religion and religion can study - the school is not one of the church ones, only common, fundamental Christian values ​​are observed.

The students of the school demonstrate outstanding academic success and annually enter the best universities in the UK and the world: St Pauls School London is one of the first places among British schools in terms of the number of graduates enrolled in the most prestigious Oxford and Cambridge. Data for the exams for 2017:

  • GCSE: 95.7% of the students received high scores A * -A, with 77.9% earning the highest score A *
  • A-level: 81% of graduates passed the most difficult exams for A * -A, and 42% managed to reach the highest A * score.

Today, St Paul's School is a member of the Headmasters 'and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), as well as the Eton Group. According to one of the latest inspections (2013), the independent school of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has received the following marks from the school:

  • Evaluation "Great": academic successes of children
  • Excellent score: the quality and organization of the curriculum, working with parents, the level of upbringing and development of children, the organization of extracurricular education, the conditions of education, childcare and safety, the quality of school management, the quality of childcare
  • Evaluation "Good": the quality of teaching, the level of education and living in a boarding house.

The Independent Directory of The Good Schools Guide says that "St Paul's provides the best education and a unique start in life. It is an ideal school for independent, bright, confident boys who want to make their own decisions in life. " The Sunday Times includes a school in the top 20 best private schools in Great Britain (12th in 2013 and 3 in 2012).

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in St Pauls School London

Program name
from 65 860 £ / year


The traditional British program for pupils of 14-16 years, designed for two years, allows you to complete a course of incomplete secondary education and prepare for admission to the Sixth Form (targeted preparation for the university). The curriculum includes the following subjects:

1) Obligatory to visit:

  • English and English Literature
  • mathematics
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • physics.

2) Optional:

  • geography
  • French
  • Greek language
  • art and design
  • medieval history
  • drama and theatrical art
  • art and design
  • Russian language
  • German
  • history
  • music
  • Italian language
  • Spanish
  • religious studies
  • technology: the resistance of materials, systems and control, electronics.

The cost of schooling depends on the selected stage / class and format of residence (prices are for 1 trimester, 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • Junior School (Colet Court) = 5243 £
  • Middle and senior classes, full-time studies = £ 6558
  • Middle and senior classes, board = 9822 £.
from 65 860 £ / term


The British gold standard of education for students of 16-18 years (Sixth Form). A-level is a complex, in-depth and intensive two-year course that helps students to prepare themselves qualitatively and effectively for entering the university for the desired specialty. The thoroughness of the study is such that the A-level certificate with fairly high scores actually frees the holder from additional entrance examinations and tests at British universities!

For two years, students study a small number of subjects - 4-5 in the first year and 3-4 of them on the second - but do it in depth, almost at the university level. There is no compulsory list of directions - each student can choose for himself the classes from the list:

  • English
  • chemistry
  • English literature
  • music
  • Russian language
  • biology
  • German
  • drama and drama
  • higher mathematics
  • Italian language
  • Spanish
  • geography
  • history
  • Greek language
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • informatics and communication technologies
  • political science
  • art and design
  • Technology: resistance of materials, systems and control, electronics
  • medieval history
  • economy.

The cost of schooling depends on the selected stage / class and format of residence (prices are for 1 trimester, 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • Junior School (Colet Court) = 5243 £
  • Middle and senior classes, full-time studies = £ 6558
  • Middle and senior classes, board = 9822 £.

Accommodation and food

The school has several possibilities for living:

  • day form (without accommodation)
  • Flexible boarding school (several days a month students can spend on campus - for example, while their family is away)
  • week boarding school (students leave home for the weekend, and work the whole week in the territory)
  • full board (pupils permanently live and study on the school campus).

Residences of the school are small - they are designed for 35-40 people - but are well equipped and equipped with everything necessary for comfortable living; houses are divided according to the age principle, the boys live with their peers. The most popular full board for high school students (15-18 years): they are already independent enough, can not be distracted from study and do not waste precious time, completely focusing on learning. Weekly boarding school is usually chosen by pupils of middle classes (13-16 years old).

Subjects, specialties

Subjects list: art, biology, chemistry, computer science, Computers and philosophy, drama, economics, engineering, English, geography, history, maths, modern languages, music, physics, politics

Events St Pauls School London

A large number of clubs, circles and sections on interests will help each student to fully demonstrate their skills and talents, find new like-minded people, learn something new. It can be:

  • courses of speaking skills, the art of public speaking
  • music
  • annual art exhibitions
  • regular musical performances and concerts
  • singing (solo and in the choir)
  • various directions of choreography
  • drama and theatrical art
  • journalism and much, much more.

A very important place in the life of schoolchildren is sport - St Paul's School has a huge list of achievements, victories and successes:

  • the organization of a separate 421 football league (2004 is our time)
  • more than 20 championships in the national boxing tournament (lost only twice, and the competitions were held from 1871 to 1960)
  • the rowers of the school won four times in the prestigious Royal Regatta
  • National rugby competitions twice brought silver medals to the school team (2005 and 2007).


In 2018, under the A Level and Pre-U programs:

  • 51.0% of students received A *
  • 82.4% of students received A * or A grades

Equipment St Pauls School London

The school campus in southwest London occupies about 43 acres on the banks of the Thames. The main buildings of St Paul's School are a complicated and long story: their first samples were destroyed during the Great London Fire in 1666, in 1670 and in 1822 were rebuilt - until the end of the XIX century the school did not expand its territory and, accordingly, the scale of each building. St Paul's School became one of the main points of self-defense in London during the Second World War (the government transferred the building back to the institution immediately in 1945) - and in 1961 new buildings were built, the territory was again expanded. In 1968, there appeared a huge new building of St Paul's Juniors (former Colet Court).

Today the school's territory includes everything necessary for full-fledged studies, comfortable life and extra-curricular activities:

  • indoor swimming pool (track length 25 meters)
  • spacious and bright common dining room
  • 6 Rugby Fields
  • 10 tennis courts
  • special fencing hall
  • 3 squash courts
  • multifunctional, huge gym and fitness center
  • track for running and track and field athletics
  • 11 large fields for football and cricket (different variants of marking and modification are possible)
  • a large scientific building with modern scientific and practical laboratories (especially useful for practical workshops in the natural sciences) - the equipment meets the highest university standards! A separate floor is provided for physicists, chemists, biologists, physicians, etc.

Term dates and fees

The cost of schooling depends on the selected stage / class and format of residence (prices are for 1 trimester, 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • Junior School (Colet Court) = 5243 £
  • Middle and senior classes, full-time studies = £ 6558
  • Middle and senior classes, board = 9822 £.

The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee
  • Deposit confirming the place on the course
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for tuition (= 1 trimester cost)
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

The St Paul's School belongs to the category of strictly selective and very attentive to the selection of its students. Most come in the upper grades (from 9 and above) from St Paul's Juniors.

First, the young people take the ISEB online pre-test (no later than the 6th grade, conducted in October-November), and the offline test can also be taken at the nearest British Council office. A full report and description are provided from the director of the previous school, and not only academic and extra-curricular achievements, but also personal interests, characteristics of character and strengths should be mentioned in it. Successfully passed the first test, students are invited to a personal interview (January-July next year): during the interview they are waiting for two mini-exams for 15 minutes each - English and mathematics. The rest of the time students talk with a representative of the teaching staff.

In addition to the admission committee the following documents are provided:

  • the school registration form
  • The extracts and score sheets from the previous place of study
  • characteristics from teachers, class teacher, director, head teacher
  • a motivation letter written by the student himself on the topic: "Why do I want to study at St Paul's School, what goals do I plan to achieve here in the future?"
  • a short essay (also written by the student himself) from 250 words: what subjects were studied earlier, what scientific interests interest the student most, about personal interests, abilities, inclinations and strengths of personality.

On average, the school takes a decision within 3 weeks: it can be a basic composition or a waiting list. But even the main page implies that the student will have to successfully pass the basic entrance tests of Common Entrance (at least 70% of correct answers).

Please note that foreign boys must confirm a sufficiently high level of English: take IELTS exams (from 7.5) or UKiset tests.


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