St Paul’s is an independent school offering an outstanding, all-round education for gifted boys aged 7 to 18 years. The School has been educating young scholars for over 500 years and its entry points are at 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+ and 16+. Admission is following a successful examination process and interview.
St Paul's founder John Colet opened the doors to the School in 1509 to educate boys “from all nacions and countres indifferently”, regardless of race, creed or social background. The School is committed to the founder’s vision and offer financial support for a variety of boys who are successful in the entry procedure and fulfil the bursary criteria.
First-of-its-kind peer learning app, Colet Mentoring, launches nationwide today allowing students to help other students catch up and get ahead. Through Colet Mentoring, students are learning safely from each other right from their smartphones.
20th January 2021 — Pupils take control!
Unique peer learning app, Colet Mentoring, launches nationwide today allowing students to help other students catch up and get ahead
Amid chaos in the education system, students are stepping up and showing each other the way forward, turning to one of the most valuable resources they still have: each other.
Colet Mentoring, a first-of-its-kind peer learning app that allows students to learn from and support one another, launches today. Through Colet Mentoring, students are learning safely from each other right from their smartphones. Pioneered by St Paul’s School and London-based EdTech start-up, EasyA founded by two alumni of St Paul’s School, the app allows students to snap a photo of their question and get instant STEM help from a peer mentor.
Students learn via a combination of messages, pictures and virtual whiteboard with the lightweight, low-data format making the help accessible to most students, including those who have limited internet connections that don’t permit video sessions. The app is completely free for all students involved, with the innovative platform paving the way for a new model of highly scalable, 1:1 mentoring that promises to help students catch up and get ahead this lockdown and beyond.
Over 700 pilot sessions have already taken place prior to the official launch in London, Birmingham and Oxfordshire. Mentors are Year 12 and 13 students from any school who have achieved the top grades in their subject at GCSE, supporting younger mentee students from Years 5 to 11. With mentees connecting with mentors in under 60 seconds on average, the programme has proved a winning formula so far.
Stuart Block, Director of Partnerships at St Paul’s School, believes: ‘schools are stronger by working together. In this way, we can harness the collective knowledge of students involved and help those most in need of support.’
Students have enjoyed learning from others similar to them in age. One student at Christ’s School in London said ‘students are often easier to ask and answer questions than teachers’ and another believes that ‘it's helped me when I get stuck. Because of coronavirus, I don't have the opportunity to go to mentor programmes in person at school.’
Phil Kwok, co-founder of EasyA and former St Paul’s pupil along with brother and fellow founder, Dominic Kwok, adds: ‘We all know the comforting feeling of sitting next to the smartest kid in class. Through Colet Mentoring, we want all students to have that comfort, even when they’re socially distancing at home.’
Teachers have noted the power of the platform too, with Alun Ebenezer, Head Teacher, Fulham Boys School, London stating: ‘Covid-19 has created obvious gaps, particularly with some of our socially and economically disadvantaged pupils. Using technology and collaboration with other schools, such as in the West London Partnership, is going to be vital to help fill that gap.’
John Sparks, Director of Partnerships at Radley College, agrees: ‘The ease of use and scalability of the Colet Mentoring platform allows students – both mentors and mentees – to quickly engage in a purposeful manner… Students have benefited enormously from being part of the programme; mentees have had access to regular individual online support, while mentors have gained confidence, self-esteem and greater empathy through their tutoring.’
Sally-Anne Huang, High Master of St Paul’s School and Chair of HMC says: ‘I am really proud that the St Paul’s community has been behind this innovative way to get support to pupils during this challenging period. Something this simple and effective provides another tool in closing educational gaps at this time in particular but will also be of benefit to mentors and mentees into the future.’
Colet Mentoring is actively encouraging all schools across the UK, whether they are looking to provide volunteer mentors or get their students extra support, to join the movement. To find out more, simply email Stuart Block, Director of Partnerships, St Paul’s School - SB@stpaulsschool.org.uk or Phil Kwok at EasyA - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pupils supporting each other to bridge learning gap with virtual maths mentoring
40 Year 12/13 pupils from St Paul's School and St Paul's Girls’ School volunteered their time to support pupils from local state schools in the West London Partnership. They provided over 150 hours of maths mentoring using innovative technology.
7th October 2020 — Over the summer holidays, 40 6th form (Year 12/13) pupils from St Paul's School and St Paul's Girls’ School volunteered their time to support pupils from local state schools in the West London Partnership. Together they provided over 150 hours of maths mentoring using innovative technology.
The mentors used both google meets and EasyA, an app developed by two EdTech entrepreneurs, Phil and Dom Kwok, who are alumni of St Paul’s School (both having left in the last seven years). Specifically tailored for the programme, the app allowed mentors to help students on-demand, right when they had their questions.
In total, nearly 8,000 minutes of mentoring were completed and all involved hoped that the programme would be extended to cover additional subjects in the future. St Paul’s School continues to work closely with EasyA this term to train Year 12 students across the partnership (an association of secondary schools from both the independent and state sectors in west and south west London) to work as mentors for younger students, initially in West London but ultimately across the country.
Stuart Block, Director of Partnerships and Public Service at St Paul’s School, said: ‘We look forward to building on their work over the course of this term, integrating it into our wider partnership programme, and hopefully helping many thousands of pupils, both in the West London Partnership and around the rest of the country, catch up lost ground due to Covid-19.’
The founders of the programme are delighted with the take up. ‘Our unique app connects students with mentors in minutes, all via their smartphone, so they can get 1:1 help by simply taking a photo of their question. Our goal is to ensure students always have someone to help them, even when they’re not in the classroom.’ Phil Kwok, Founder, EasyA
The pupils involved in the project agreed with over 92% of the mentees finding it very helpful and recommending it others.
‘They helped me at the moment I got stuck, which was really helpful when school was closed!’– Pupil mentee, age 15, Christ’s School Richmond.
'It was great to be able to help students who have obviously been set back hard in their studies due to the impact of school closure. I really enjoyed it too' - Emmanuel, pupil mentor, age 17, St Paul’s School.
‘Thank you for all the support and help you have given to my daughter. All the mentors have made so much effort to make her understand difficult questions. I just wish this would extend throughout the year.’ – Parent, Christ’s School Richmond.
‘Thank you very much for offering (my child) and everyone else who is taking part in this project, a chance to learn and share knowledge. As a parent, I am very grateful.’ – Parent, St Paul’s Girls’ School.
The programme also received positive feedback from the schools involved including Christ’s School (Richmond), Fulham Boys School and Hammersmith Academy.
‘COVID-19 has created obvious gaps, particularly with some of our disadvantaged socially and economically pupils. Using technology and collaboration with other schools, such as in the West London Partnership, is going to be vital to help fill that gap. We saw a significant impact on pupils over the summer and are delighted to be working on this partnership with St Paul’s and EasyA to help scale up the programme over the course of the academic year.’
Alun Ebenezer - Headteacher at Fulham Boys School (FBS)
The West London Partnership is an association of secondary schools from both the independent and state sectors in west and south west London. Its aim is to create a genuine partnership built on sustainable, collaborative projects, social inclusivity and diversity, and the sharing of resources and expertise, in order to address educational needs and to enrich learning for everyone. The partnership consists of St Paul’s School, St Paul’s Girls’ School, Latymer Upper School, Putney High School (GDST), Wimbledon High School (GDST), Hammersmith Academy, Fulham Boys School, Christ’s School Richmond and West London Free School.
St Paul’s School is delighted to announce it has appointed Sally-Anne Huang to be the next High Master of the school from September 2020. Sally-Anne will be the first female Head in the school’s 510-year history.
27th June 2019 — St Paul’s School is delighted to announce it has appointed Sally-Anne Huang to be the next High Master of the school from September 2020. Sally-Anne will be the first female Head in the school’s 510-year history. She will replace Professor Mark Bailey who has been on indefinite leave of absence from the University of East Anglia since 2011, to which he will now return as Professor of Later Medieval History.
Sally-Anne has been Head of James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich since 2015. Prior to that she was Headmistress of Kent College, Pembury and Deputy Head at Roedean School, Brighton. During her first year at St Paul’s, she will also serve as Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), the professional association representing the UK’s leading independent schools. She is currently a governor of Tonbridge School and Bolton School (where she was educated). Sally-Anne read Classics and English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Sally-Anne will join St Paul’s at an exciting time in the school’s history and will take up the reins of an ambitious development campaign, which will see the number of pupils in receipt of bursary support increasing as well as significant investment in the school’s partnership work with state schools and other community partners.
Johnny Robertson, Chairman of Governors, St Paul’s School said: “The St Paul’s governing body takes very seriously its duty to preserve the unique qualities of St Paul’s and to ensure the school has strong leadership. We are extremely grateful to Mark Bailey for his exemplary service, over what will have been nine pivotal years in the history of our school. We are now pleased to have secured the services of an experienced and highly regarded Head and we look forward to welcoming Sally-Anne to the school as the 35th High Master”.
Sally-Anne Huang: ‘I feel enormously privileged to have been selected as the next High Master of St Paul’s and to have the opportunity to continue the outstanding work of Professor Mark Bailey. It is clearly an exceptional school with the highest standards in all areas. I am very mindful of its individual qualities and traditions as well as excited to have the chance to strengthen and widen its work and influence into the future, including through the provision of bursaries and community outreach.’
Remembering the 490 pupils from St Paul’s School who lost their lives in WWI
St Paul's School commemorates the 490 pupils who fell in the Great War through a cross-departmental project incorporating History, Art and Geography. Every pupil has helped plant ceramic crosses around the school’s war memorial for Remembrance Sunday
8th November 2018 — This Sunday 11 November marks the centenary of the end of World War I. Of the 800,246 British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives in that war, 490 were local boys who attended St Paul’s School. In honour of these young men who paid the ultimate sacrifice, around 100 pupils and staff in both the senior and junior schools have been researching their forgotten stories.
The ‘St Paul’s School WWI Research Project’ has involved many subject areas across the school. Beginning with the History Department, the pupils have been using online resources including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, as well as newly digitised copies of the school magazine from the early 20th Century and sports team photographs from that time, to create an online archive of the young men. Men like Indrulal Roy, who was killed in action aged just 19 when his plane went down in flames over Carvin, France and who posthumously was awarded the D.F.C. (Distinguished Flying Cross) or Cecil Lambert, an exceptional rower, who awarded the Military Cross after he was killed by a shell aged just 21.
Mr Seel said: ‘A number of pupils reported to me how moving they found the research process and how exciting it has been to work with original sources. It has been a privilege to help our current pupils research the history of these brave young men who were just at the cusp of extraordinary futures’.
The pupils then worked with the Geography Department to use GIS software to map the location of the place of internment or commemoration of each of the 490. Most fell throughout Europe but some of the young men were fought in battle as far afield as Egypt, Iraq and Tanzania.
The final element of the project was with the Art Department where all Year 9 pupils have hand-made 490 ceramic crosses. Each cross bears the name of a pupil who fell in the Great War. Every tutor group in the senior and junior schools has helped plant these crosses around the school’s war memorial in the fortnight leading up to Remembrance Sunday, creating a living reminder of the sacrifice made by a lost generation. On Friday 9 November, all the pupils will attend a service of commemoration where the names of the 490 young men will be read out followed by a two minute silence and the Last Post.
Mr Grant, Director of Art, said ‘The 490 crosses now surrounding the school’s cenotaph are such a visual and poignant tribute to the generation of pupils who lost their lives in the Great War’.
After Remembrance Sunday, the crosses will be sold to support the Thomas Gresham Bursary, a pupil-led bursary fund which aims to provide a 100% bursary to the highest performing boy at 11+ who is in need of financial support to attend St Paul’s.
St Paul’s won the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in spectacular style on Sunday, breaking more records along the way.
11th July 2018 — The 1st VIII has been strong all season, having won the Championship Eights' event at the National Schools' Regatta earlier in May and setting a new record for the Schools' Head of the River.
Over a blistering hot weekend, the team overcame Abingdon, Latymer Upper and Radley on their way to the final and had generated huge excitement on the bank throughout their journey. The results spoke for themselves when the St Paul's 1st VIII broke the course record by 11 seconds, beating Eton 'Easily'.
Henley Royal Regatta reported on the final: "Simply Awesome. For the crowds on the bank today they have witnessed a truly amazing part of history. Bobby Thatcher’s St. Paul’s School have been favourites for this event all season and their performance today did not disappoint. On the day, Eton College were completely outclassed. The crew equalled the Barrier record, beat their own Fawley record and then destroyed the course record by 11 seconds to win in a time of 6:06. The best schoolboy crew. Ever."
SPS named Best Overall Company two years running at the Young Enterprise Awards
Team SureLight win the national HSBC Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award, sponsored by HSBC, at the Young Enterprise national final, following in the footsteps of last year’s winners, VenturePad, also from St Paul’s School.
10th July 2018 — SureLight, a YE Richmond-Kingston team, from St Paul’s School, scooped the top prize of the evening. The team created a smart brake light for bicycles and the judges were blown away by the team’s creative and entrepreneurial flair. The overall winning team is judged against a strict set of criteria including innovation, sales, marketing, financial performance, social impact and teamwork.
The final was held at County Hall, London, on Friday 6 July, and celebrated the top 14 student companies set up and run over one academic year as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme. Young Enterprise works with over 250,000 students every year and this year 20,000 young people set up and ran a real business with the Company Programme, which is supported by HSBC.
The young entrepreneurs from St Paul’s School had already been crowned best company at the London regional final, but will now go on to represent the UK in Belgrade at the European final.
Luke, Operations Director from ‘SureLight’ said: “Fantastic. Incredible. Amazing. It is not what we expected at all. It’s been an amazing experience and we’re just so thankful to the judges and the sponsors for everything.”
Ian Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC UK said: “We’re delighted to support the Company Programme with HSBC volunteers working with students across the country. It’s fantastic to see students deal with real life business decisions and develop employability skills such as creativity, resilience and communication. The Young Enterprise scheme is a great way for young people to gain invaluable entrepreneurship skills preparing them for the future world of business.”
Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, said: “I’d like to congratulate the students from ‘SureLight’ for winning HSBC Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award. The award has been generously supported by HSBC who, like Young Enterprise, firmly believe developing creativity and employability skills can have a real impact on young people’s futures.
You don’t get this stuff from a text book and we are greatly encouraged by our research which shows that 94% of Company alumni go on to education, employment or training – 7% higher than the national average.”