Widening Access

Give the gift of a St Paul's education

St Paul’s School provides an education tailored to the needs of highly able boys. We believe it should be available to any boy with the ability and attitude to benefit, regardless of financial circumstances.

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. And a wider socio-economic diversity within school creates a more enriching and stimulating environment for all.

We have set ourselves a fundraising target of £3.3 million per year which would allow us to support 153 bursary pupils a year by 2023, while also beginning to build up an endowment for increased future provision. This figure is just over 10% of our current pupil numbers, but also reflects John Colet’s original vision ‘for one hundred and fifty three boys of all nacions and countres indifferently to be taught free.’

This target is ambitious. However, with your help we are committed to achieving it.

“Impassioned to hear Professor Mark Bailey's speech in the Crypt at St. Paul's Cathedral in support of the Shaping the Future Campaign. Wishing the Widening Access scheme all the best and looking forward to partaking in the 1509 Society”
Donor, Shaping Our Future
“The importance of allowing boys, who would otherwise not get the chance, to a world class education cannot be understated. I hope that the bursary fund continues to gain the support it deserves”
Donor, Shaping Our Future
“Best wishes to an inspired cause”
Donor, Shaping Our Future
"I hope my small contribution reflects my wish to continue and widen John Colet’s vision. Also as a thank you for my days at the school (1950-55, High House and H Club). Good luck with the fund!"
Donor, Shaping Our Future

Funded Place

You can provide immediate and vital support by sponsoring a pupil (or helping as a group to sponsor a pupil) all the way through the school, or in the Eighth Form (Years 12 and 13). It costs approximately £146,000 to fund a five-year place through the senior school (which can be broken into an annual payment of £29,200); £142,000 for the six years at St Paul’s Juniors.

Entry Point Total Cost Per Year Per Month Group amount per month if 20 people grouped together*
7+ entry –  10 years £316,932 £31,693 £2,641 £132
11+ entry – 7 years £199,733 £28,533 £2,378 £119
13+ entry – 5 years £146,188 £29,237 £2,436 £122
16+ entry – 2 years £55,896 £27,948 £2,329 £116

*The above calculations are based on 2018-19 fee rates, including a 3% fee increase year on year and 10% for ‘extras’ such as educational trips, uniform, public exam fees, music lessons and travel costs.

Gift aid if applied can further reduce these figures by 25%

Our stories

Alex Harlington (2008-2013)
Masters in Philosophy, Bristol University
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Roma Rodriguez (2013-2018)
Founder of the Thomas Gresham Bursary Award
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Daniel Jafferji (2006-2011)
Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
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Ed Gillum (1996-2004)
Italian and Portuguese, Bristol University
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Peter Kraushar (1947-53)
Founder of Mintel International
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Lester Mak (1992-97)
Biochemistry, University of Oxford
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Peter Causton OP (1983-88)
English, University of Cambridge
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Our Supporters

‘It was so promising – and unexpected – when the vast majority of boys said they would support the bursary fundraising at the school, demonstrating our collective commitment to looking outside of the bubble, towards our wider community’

– Ariff Castronovo, Captain of School

Watch our inspiring film

Watch our inspiring film featuring the pupils of St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors.

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1509 Society

The 1509 Society encourages gifts of up to £5,000 per year to our Excellence without Exclusivity bursary campaign.

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Ways of Giving

Leavers’ Bursary Appeal

The Leavers’ Bursary Appeal was founded in 2014 by a group of Upper Eighth parents who wanted to celebrate their sons’ time at St Paul’s.

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“Being a successful Pauline should be about ability not privilege. Any bright pupil with academic curiosity, motivation, industry and independence can thrive here. Together we can turn our vision – with your help and support – into a future of which we can all be proud.”
PROFESSOR MARK BAILEY, HIGH MASTER