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

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 147 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 £10.45m 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.

Thomas Gresham SPJ Readathon

Thank you to the Thomas Gresham Committee for organising this year’s SPJ Readathon. The grand totals are now in and they exceeded their target of £10,000, 755 books were read in total and 60 SPJ pupils took part. Well done to all who participated!

We look forward to Readathon continuing for many years to come.

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.