The 1509 Society

The St Paul’s 1509 Society, named to honour the School’s founding year, was primarily established to provide a meaningful and affordable way for all members of our community to support the bursary element of the Shaping Our Future vision.

How to join?

Whether you are an Old Pauline, a current or former parent, a member of staff or a current pupil, joining the 1509 Society is simple. Simply pledge a regular gift of your choosing or related to our founding year 1509 i.e. £1.59, £15.09, £150.90 or £1,509 or a single gift of £500 or over in a year to the Shaping Our Future campaign.

All members of the 1509 Society are listed in our yearly Community and Philanthropy Report and are invited to a special summer thank you event hosted by the High Master.

To pledge your regular gift, please click here. 

To make a one-off gift, please click here.

More about the 1509 Society

Supporting talented children to study at St Paul’s serves our wider community, ensuring those pupils fulfil their potential to be extraordinary and to ultimately enrich and affect society. A wider socio-economic diversity within School also creates a more enriching and stimulating environment for all.

We have set ourselves a fundraising target of £3.3 million per year for the bursaries element of our vision, allowing us to support 153 bursary pupils a year by 2023, while
beginning to build up an endowment for the future.

John Colet founded the School in 1509 with a generous endowment for 153 boys to be educated. Since then, further philanthropy has shaped the School we enjoy today. The results have been transformative, helping us provide an inspirational environment of
world-class teaching and learning. It is time to focus on our long-standing ambition to increase our bursary provision significantly.

Regular giving as a group can make a significant impact.

£15.09 160 parents giving £15.09 per month for a year
£50 50 Pauline friends each giving £50 per month for 1 year
£500 15 former members of a St Paul’s rugby team each giving £550 a quarter for a year
£1.59 All leaving prefects in the last 10 years giving £1.59 per month from when they leave


It’s ambitious, but if everyone in our community donated £15.09 a month, collectively, we would achieve our annual bursary fundraising goal by 2023.
Shaping Our Future, a five year vision for St Paul’s, launched 2019.

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Italian and Portuguese, Bristol University
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