St Paul’s is an independent school offering an outstanding, all-round education for gifted boys aged 7 to 18 years.
Our founder John Colet opened the doors to St Paul’s School in 1509 to educate boys “from all nacions and countres indifferently”. We offer financial support for any boy who is successful in gaining a place at the school on academic merit and fulfils the means-tested bursary criteria.
We wish to admit highly able, committed and curious boys. We 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. Our entry points are at 7+ (Year 3), 8+ (Year 4), 11+ (Year 7), 13+ (Year 9) and 16+ (Year 12) and admission is following a successful examination process and interview.
St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors are located on 45 acres of green open space on the banks of the River Thames in Barnes, London. Our campus is unique amongst London schools for the on-site facilities it offers – from boat club to theatre, art gallery to cricket pitch, concert hall to engineering workshop. This is a particularly exciting time to join the school as over the last few years we have refurbished the majority of the senior school site including a new astro-turf pitch, a stunning Drama Centre, featuring the Dorfman theatre, and an RIBA award-winning Science building. In March 2020, we completed the redevelopment of the Senior School. Our two General Teaching Buildings offer a central Atrium, Colet Hall and Chapel, contemporary dining, the Kayton Library and many light airy classrooms overlooking the Thames and playing fields.
We hope you find all the information you need as you browse through this website and look forward to welcoming you at one of our tours in the near future.
The admissions process uses the online ISEB Common Pre Test (sometimes referred to as the Common Entrance Exam). This exam has a specific format and structure, includes a range of predictable questions types and is taken in an online/computer environment. Students should pay particular attention to the Non-Verbal and Verbal-Reasoning modules, as these sections may include question types they have never encountered before.
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The ISEB Common Pre Test is a combination of 4 individual exams, all of which are set in a multiple choice, online environment. The exams vary every year, but you can expect to find all or most of the below in this year's test.