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St Paul's Girls School

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Founded in 1904 as one of the first purpose-built schools for girls, St Paul’s Girls' School (SPGS) embraces both tradition and innovation. The emphasis on liberal learning established by the first High Mistress, Frances Gray, finds expression today in an academically adventurous curriculum, which encourages intellectual freedom, discovery, and the joy of scholarship. School life is underpinned by the kindest and most individual of pastoral care and a strong commitment to partnerships and diversity, with a generous and growing bursary programme.
Admissions.

11+ and 16+ entry to SPGS is by competitive examination and interview. Parents are encouraged to attend an open event to learn more about the school and the wealth of opportunities it has to offer.

Bursaries
Currently 78 students in receipt of a financial award, which equates to 10% of student roll, with the ambition to double this over 10 years.

11+ Bursaries to a value of up to full fee remission, based on proven financial need and subject to annual review, are available. Candidates must be successful in the 11+ entrance examination. The number of junior bursaries available each year will vary.

16+ Bursaries to a value of up to full fee remission, based on proven financial need and subject to annual review, are available for candidates who have been successful in the Senior School entrance examination and are currently in their final GCSE year at another school.

Scholarships
11+ Music Scholarships (11+) to the value of lessons in two instruments/voice, currently worth £1,800 per annum, tenable for five years when scholars will be able to apply for a 16+ scholarship in Y11 for their final two years at SPGS. Music exhibitions may also be awarded following auditions at the discretion of the Director of Music. They are based on the value of lessons in one instrument/voice, currently worth £900 per annum and tenable for five years.

16+ Music Scholarships to the value of lessons in two instruments/voice, currently worth £1,800 per annum, tenable for two years (choral awards up to the value of one lesson in voice may be available). External candidates must be successful in the Senior School entrance examination.
16+ Art Scholarships of the value of £250 per annum are offered to up to two internal and two external candidates who are currently in their final GCSE year and who, if applying from another school, have previously been successful in the Senior School entrance examination. Candidates take part in a workshop and are required to submit a portfolio.

16+ Drama Scholarships of the value of £250 per annum are awarded based on an audition, workshop and interview with our Director of Drama and other drama staff to candidates who show outstanding potential as an actor or director. Please note that scholarship candidates will often study drama at A Level; however, those able to demonstrate a significant commitment to co-curricular drama will also be considered. Drama exhibitions of the value of £50 per annum are also awarded following an audition, workshop and interview with the Director of Drama.

Fees per term (2023-2024)
£9,982, including lunches and personal accident insurance, and excluding textbooks. The fees per term for new entrants entering at 16+ are £10,732.
Registration & Examination Fee: £250.

Results and Destinations
SPGS is committed to providing an outstanding academic education within a highly encouraging environment. Students regularly achieve exceptional results (55% A* at A-Level or Pre-U equivalent and 88% at GCSE in 2023), but the school aims to teach far beyond the prescribed curriculum, endowing students with a lifelong love of learning and the necessary tools of scholarship and enterprise. Our teaching places emphasis on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, while our broad and progressive curriculum is rich in opportunities to learn about new technologies, preparing students to navigate an increasingly interconnected world with ease. Students take GCSE and IGCSE examinations in Y11; alternative school directed courses in art, history of art, computer science, creative technology, drama and music are also offered for this age group. Senior students are offered 23 subjects at A Level and are prepared for university entrance by a personal higher education coordinator and an academic advisor. Students go on to study at major universities in the UK and USA, with over a third going to Oxford or Cambridge annually.

Pastoral Care
Pastoral care is also central to our ethos as evidenced by our Wellbeing Centre, five day a week counselling provision and sympathetic medical staff. Students learn and thrive in a happy and supportive environment. The pastoral curriculum aims to introduce students to a diverse range of perspectives and demonstrates the importance of kindness, inclusion and individuality, empowering them to make a difference in the world beyond school.

Co-curriculum
The creative and performing arts flourish at SPGS. Composer of The Planets, Gustav Holst, was Director of Music at the school for over thirty years and his legacy continues. Since its foundation, music has been a particularly strong feature with well over half the student body taking instrumental lessons; there are also multiple orchestras, choirs and ensembles on offer. Art and design benefit from studio and workshop facilities and there are several major exhibitions of students’ work. Drama enjoys a purpose-built theatre and a drama studio, and any student can direct her own production. Volunteering is also an important feature of wider school life, with students spending time at food rescue and redistribution centres, local primary schools, and residential care homes.

Sport
There are extensive sporting facilities on site and sport is played with verve and distinction. Facilities are some of the best offered by a central London school and include a 50m swimming pool, four outdoor netball courts, two lacrosse pitches, an athletics track including field events and five tennis courts. At our Sports Hall and Pavilion, we also house three dance and fitness studios and a multi-gym. SPGS prides itself on delivering a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum, offering a wide range of traditional and varied sporting opportunities, and aiming for every student to strive to discover a sport they love and in which they can achieve. The three main sports are lacrosse, netball and rowing, but students are able to take part in extracurricular clubs to broaden their participation. Fixtures are played throughout the year, ensuring every student who wants the opportunity is able.

Type
11+ / 13+ Answers
Year Established:
1904
Head:
Mrs Sarah Fletcher
Residential:
Day
Gender:
Girls
School Setting:
Urban
Number of Pupils:
800
Age Range:
Preparatory
Senior
Sixth
Fee Range (Termly):
£9,982 (Year 7-11), £10, 732 (Year 11-12)
Exit exams:
GCSE
A level
Famous Alumni:
Rosalind Franklin, Kate Bingham, Susanna Reid, Zoe de Toledo

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