St Paul's School

St Paul’s School is one of the UK’s leading independent schools, offering an outstanding all-round education for some of the brightest boys in the country aged 7-18 years. Founded by John Colet, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, in 1509 to educate boys “from all nations and countries indifferently,” regardless of race, creed or social background, St Paul’s School remains committed to this vision today.

Lonsdale Road
SW13 9JT

+44 (0)20 8748 9162

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ISC associations: HMC, IAPS, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: All Faiths

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Boys only

Size: 1502

St Paul's School fees:

Boarding fees per term:

Day fees per term:
£7,910 to £9,895

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
318 / 6066

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 7 to 18 (1470)

Boarding: 13 to 18 (32)

Sixth Form: (405)

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St Paul's School has a famous reputation and a fine tradition for nurturing scholarship and opportunity, with illustrious alumni including Samuel Pepys, Edmond Halley, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery and John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. Erasmus, the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance, advised Colet in the original planning of St Paul’s School and wrote textbooks for the School’s use.

Today, a commitment to all-round excellence and a culture of venturing beyond the syllabus continues to pervade life at St Paul’s, which is known for its inspirational and responsive teaching, and outstanding academic results. Recent statistics show 80% of Paulines enter the top 12 UK Universities in the QS World rankings, with 13% going to North American universities (Ivy League or equivalent).

The School has unrivalled facilities for a London day school. Situated on 45 acres of grounds, by the banks of the River Thames, they have recently completed the development of a stunning new Drama Centre, featuring the Samuel Pepys theatre; constructed an RIBA award-winning Science building and are in the process of completing new dining, library and classroom facilities overlooking the Thames.

Entry points are at 7, 8, 11+ to St Paul’s Juniors and at 13+ and 16+ to the senior school. Generous means-tested bursaries are available for applicants who have successfully completed the admissions process.


St Paul’s School takes great pride in offering an outstanding education to talented boys, irrespective of their family’s financial circumstances. Each year there are funds available for free and subsidised places at all entry points for families with a household income less than £120k per annum.

Bursaries are awarded on the basis of a means-test form which requests full details of income and capital resources.
Our bursary team assesses the merits of each individual application and offers financial support as appropriate.

Bursaries are means-tested each year and may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates.

Any applicant wishing to apply for fee assistance should indicate so on their registration form. Bursary application forms will be sent out by the Finance team.

For 13+ entry to the Senior School, applications should be made in the June in the year prior to entry, i.e. one year
and three months before your son would start at the school.

For 16+ entry, applications should be made in the December prior to entry, i.e nine months before your son would start at the school.

The examples below illustrate the types of families who could benefit from our bursary scheme.

• Both parents employed with low incomes. Living in modest home with mortgage. One child receiving 90% fee remission.
• One parent with moderate income. Living in rented accommodation. Two children receiving 70% fee remission.
• Both parents self-employed on low income. Living in rented accommodation. One child receiving 100% fee remission.
• Parents both working in moderately paid employment. Modest home with mortgage. One child receiving 20%
fee remission.

The parents of any successful candidate for either school may apply for a bursary.

For more information about the bursary application process, please contact our Admissions team at


Academic Scholarships

St Paul’s Juniors Academic Scholarships at 11+
Academic Scholarships, worth £60 per annum, are awarded to a few exceptional internal and external candidates at age 11+. The award is valid until the end of a pupil’s career at St Paul’s, subject to good work and conduct.

St Paul’s School Academic Scholarships at 13+
For external candidates entering at 13+, the scholarship examination is held annually in May. This exam is sat instead of Common Entrance.

Candidates must have successfully completed the 13+ admission process and have been made a conditional Main List offer. Candidates must also be under 14 on 1 September following the examination, and should be registered and entered for the examination by their Head Teacher.

Candidates who do not win an award will have their conditional place confirmed on the basis of their Scholarship papers.

Candidates who do not win an award will have their conditional place confirmed on the basis of their Scholarship papers.

Compulsory papers are set in English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Science and Theology & Philosophy. There is an optional paper in Greek and candidates are encouraged to sit it if they have reached a reasonable standard.

For boys at St Paul’s Juniors, scholarships are awarded at the end of Y8 based on performance over the previous two years and in the Y7 & Y8 end-of-year exams.

About 30 Scholarships are awarded each year in total to boys from St Paul’s Juniors and external candidates. All Academic Scholarships are honorary and worth £60. They are retained until the end of a pupil’s career at St Paul’s, subject to good work and conduct.

A small number of additional Academic Scholarships are awarded at the end of Y10 based on performance throughout the year, including end-of-year examinations.

Senior Academic Scholarships at 17+
Senior Scholarships worth £60 per annum are awarded for the final year (the Upper Eighth) on the basis of work throughout the Lower Eighth year, including end-of-year examinations. All boys are automatically considered for these awards. No new Academic Scholarships are awarded at 16+.

For information on Academic Scholarships please contact

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships at 11+
Once an offer of a place has been accepted for 11+ entry, suitable boys are invited to apply for a Music Scholarship. Potential candidates should have reached at least Grade 5 on their principal instrument and will be required to perform,
sight-read, respond to aural tests and answer general questions relating to their music making.

Each Scholarship is honorary, worth £60 per annum plus free tuition on two instruments.

Exhibitions are also available and consist of free tuition on one instrument only. 

Music Scholarships and Exhibitions at 13+
Once an offer of a place has been accepted for 13+ entry, suitable boys are invited to apply for a Music Award. A number of Music Scholarships and Exhibitions at 13+ are awarded each year. The closing date for entries is mid-
January and shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition, usually very late in January or early in February prior to entry.

Each candidate will be required to perform, sight-read, respond to aural tests, complete a 20 minute written paper and answer general questions relating to their music making.

We expect candidates to have attained at least Grade 6 standard on their principal study, though not necessarily to have taken exams.

Each Scholarship is honorary, worth £60 per annum, plus free tuition on two instruments. Exhibitions consist of free tuition on one instrument. Awards at 13+ are retained for three years and are reviewed for the final two years of school.

Further Awards are available at 16+.

For more details on the examination and entry standards, or to book into the Music department 13+ Open Morning in November, please contact Karenne Mills, Music School Manager, on

Art Scholarships

South Square Art Scholarships 16+
These Scholarships are available as a result of a generous benefaction and are prestigious. The actual value of the scholarship is dependent on the number of scholarships awarded at any time but is usually a substantial amount.

The trustees offer awards to pupils studying AS and A2 Art in the Eighth Form (Years 12 & 13), and a declared intention to continue studying Art after leaving school will strengthen a candidate’s application.

Application (Art Scholarships 16+):
Candidates for both scholarships and prizes must present a portfolio of work to the Director of Art by 15 April in the school year before they hope to win the award. A shortlist will then be called for interview by Professor William Callaway from the University of the Arts at the end of April.

For further information on Art Scholarships and Prizes contact Michael Grant, Director of Art, on



Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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