Our Successes

Together we have achieved great things

Thanks to your generosity, previous fundraising appeals have been transformative, helping us to attract and retain the very best teachers and pupils and provide an inspirational environment for world-class teaching and learning. We showcase the results of two of these appeals below.

St Paul’s Christmas Appeal 2021

We are delighted to report that we have raised a phenomenal £443,091 towards the 2021 Christmas appeal: a total that exceeds both the school’s and our match donor’s expectations and allows us to support two 100% bursaries enabling two able boys to attend St Paul’s.

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Bursary Appeal

Our bursary provision is expanding alongside our funding capability; we now have 143 boys on bursaries, and we are making great strides towards fulfilling the target of funding 153 bursary pupils by 2023. In total, we have raised £17.3m towards our bursary appeal. The bursary programme aims to offer an outstanding education to those pupils who have the potential to thrive at St Paul’s, but not the financial means to attend.

We are so grateful for all that has been achieved in these challenging times, made possible by the support of our community, to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude.

Giving Day

We are delighted to report that over 36 hours, our community raised £380,000 from 636 donors.

These funds will go directly towards supporting our current and future bursary pupils and expanding our partnerships work within our local community and further afield.

The enthusiastic response of the Pauline community to the virtual and on-site challenges exceeded all of our expectations. Gifts were made from members of our community across 12 different countries, including 31 donors from the USA. Overall, over 400 parents and 150 Old Paulines donated to the Giving Day, with additional support from current pupils, staff and family members.

The Thomas Gresham Committee organised the on-site challenges for pupils, including a ‘Beat the Teacher Penalty Shoot-out’, a rowing challenge and a virtual chess tournament. The excitement continued at St Paul’s Juniors with a photo challenge as well as a whole school ‘burpees’ challenge, sponsored by a generous St Paul’s Juniors parent.

We are very grateful to all the members of our community who supported the St Paul’s Development team in their delivery of this project. Our special thanks go to our Challenge Donors, whose sponsorship enabled us to run 30 challenges.

Renewal Campaign


In 2011, St Paul’s started an ambitious programme of redeveloping the school buildings. With much of the work now completed, we are already reaping the benefits of the enhanced facilities. In 2013, the award-winning Science building was opened. At the end of 2014, our new Drama Centre and state-of-the-art Samuel Pepys Theatre was unveiled, followed by the new general teaching building containing the dining hall and Kayton Library in 2017.

The final phase of the renewal campaign was completed in March 2020 and provides a new atrium, chapel, secular hall, a new Montgomery Room opening onto Founder’s Court, pupil changing rooms, 20 classrooms and administrative offices.

This brings to a close the main redevelopment of St Paul’s senior school which will eventually cost £114 million. Of this, £27 million came from donations and legacies from the St Paul’s community.

Junior School Sports Pavilion

In 2016, a fundraising appeal was launched to replace the Juniors’ inadequate sports pavilion with a larger building providing a large public reception room, new changing rooms and terraces with views over the playing fields.

The build target of £1.125 million was achieved thanks to donations of £420,000 from a number of generous parents, along with funding from the school.

We hope it will create a social hub for those participating or watching matches – pupils, parents and visitors alike. The new pavilion will also become a venue for many of St Paul’s outreach and access initiatives, including our holiday programmes for local children, offering a range of sports and life skills activities.

St Paul’s Christmas Appeal 2022

The 2022 St Paul’s Christmas Appeal was a significant success for the school; thanks to the efforts of all those involved, we raised an incredible £200,095! This followed a large gift received in the holidays on top of fantastic engagement from our entire school community. This is enough to provide one whole bursary from 11+ onwards.

Thank you so much to all who have supported this appeal, by making donations or buying our specially designed Christmas baubles. We are incredibly grateful and the results of the appeal will make a huge impact. Particular thanks go to Stella McCartney for designing our Christmas baubles, which were sold in aid of the campaign, and to our generous match donors for their contributions.

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Telephone Campaign

Our 2022 Telephone Campaign was a huge success, raising a terrific £131,286 in gifts and pledges. The campaign aims to raise money for school through one-on-one conversations between recent Old Pauline’s and donors. Thank you to all those who supported the telethon through having conversations with our callers and donating to the school’s bursary fund.

This year, there were 15 OP callers (all having left the school in the last three years) who, during the campaign, diligently made 7,884 dialling attempts and had 429 conversations with OPs.

The campaign’s postcard featured two leaping hinds in conversation – referencing how the campaign encourages OP to OP interaction.

We are grateful to all those who supported the Development Team in the delivery of this campaign.

SPJ Readathon

Our sincere thanks go to all who took part in the Thomas Gresham Committee’s 202-23 SPJ Readathon. Together, you have raised an outstanding £8,555.94 (including Gift Aid) towards the Thomas Gresham Bursary Award. We’re pleased to share the results including top individual readers, year groups and Houses. Congratulations to our top five readers:

Gabriel, U1 – 60 Books
Toby, L3 – 57 Books
Kit, U1 – 53 Books
Ayansh, L1 – 51 Books
Sebastian, L3 – 48 Books

We would like to offer a special thanks to the Upper Eighth members of the Thomas Gresham Committee, who organised the event.

Thomas Gresham Quiz

2022 saw the continued success of the annual Thomas Gresham Quiz. It was fantastic to have so many people take part this year, over 200 in total. Congratulations to the winning team for 2022, Hammersmith Bridge Construction Crew, who even beat the teachers!

Thank you to the Parents’ Group, the Thomas Gresham Committee and our recent OP hosts for the organisation and execution of such a fun event. Over £11,000 was raised for the Thomas Gresham Bursary Award.