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St Paul’s School

London, London

Boys Only

Full Boarding Weekly Boarding Day Boarding Occasional Boarding

St Paul’s School has been educating young scholars for over 500 years. Our entry points are at 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+ and 16+ and admission is following a successful examination process and interview.

Our founder John Colet opened the doors to St Paul’s School in 1509 to educate boys “from all nacions and countres indifferently”, regardless of race, creed or social background. We are committed to our founder’s vision and offer financial support for any boy who is successful in the entry procedure and fulfils the bursary criteria.

We wish to admit highly able, committed and curious boys; then to 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.

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What are UK 'Independent Schools'?

A UK Independent School is independent of its finances and governance and typically charges fees for attendance instead of being funded by the UK Government. Pupils at Independent Schools (synonymous with ‘Private Schools') don’t have to follow the national curriculum.

Ofsted inspects half of all UK Independent Schools. The Independent Schools Inspectorate inspects schools that are members of the associations that form the Independent Schools Council. The School Inspection Service inspects some other schools.

Independent Schools are typically governed by a board of governors that is elected independently of government and has a system of governance that ensures its independent operation.

Independent Schools in the United Kingdom play a central role in education both UK & International students contribute over £9.5 Billion to the UK economy.