St Paul’s Girls’ School is an independent day school for girls aged 11 to 18 in Hammersmith, West London. It was founded in 1904 to complement the boys’ school set up by John Colet in the sixteenth century.
St Paul’s Girls’ School is consistently one of the top three independent schools in England and often tops the list based on its exam results. In 2021, just under 98% of A levels were graded A*–B, while over 99% of all GCSEs were the top marks of A*/A/9/8/7. In the same year, 44 students secured places at Oxford and Cambridge and 19 were successful with applications to American and Canadian universities.
While academic results are important for the success of its pupils, St Paul’s Girls’ School places individual research, discussion and debate at the heart of its teaching. Education at the school is classical yet forward-thinking, with initiatives including the St Paul’s Programme – a ‘real world’ creative project and independent research programme – and Friday Lectures, where students hear eminent speakers discuss their work and thoughts every week.
Beyond the classroom, Paulinas have opportunities to find new passions, forge friendships and broaden their horizons through the school’s extensive co-curricular programme with activities across music, drama, sport and STEM. There are also plenty of charitable opportunities, including community and enrichment projects and an evolving educational partnerships programme.
High Mistress: Mrs Sarah Fletcher
Address: St Paul’s Girls’ School, Brook Green, Hammersmith W6 7BS
London Borough: Hammersmith & Fulham
Admissions contact: Ms Melinda Armitage – [email protected], 020 7605 4882
Age range and gender: 11–18, girls only
Number of pupils: 789
Number of places in Year 7: 110
Ratio of applicants to places: Competitive
Open day date: Monday 31st October 2022 – book online
Overview of selection procedure: Two assessment stages (online cognitive ability test followed by school’s own exam), interview and reference
Registration opens: Currently open – download the application form from St Paul’s Girls’ School’s website
Registration closes: Friday 11th November 2022 at 6pm
Assessment date: Week commencing Monday 21st November 2022 (stage 1) and Wednesday 4th January 2023 (shortlisted candidates)
Scholarship assessment date: Wednesday 18th January 2023
The school fee per term at St Paul’s Girls’ School for the academic year 2022-23 is £9,264. This includes lunch and personal accident insurance.
St Paul’s Girls’ School has a bursary programme in place to ensure that education at the school is affordable and accessible to all. Bursaries are means-tested and considered on a case-by-case basis. Families who have a household income total of £110,000 (gross) are unlikely to be considered for a bursary.
St Paul’s Girls’ School offers music scholarships at 11 plus entry, which are currently worth £1,680 per annum and provide lessons in two instruments/voice. Music exhibitions may also be awarded, which are based on the value of lessons in one instrument/voice and are worth £840 per year.
The term dates at St Paul's Girls' School for 2022–23 are:
Autumn term: 2nd September – 14th December 2022
Half term: 17th October – 28th October 2022
Spring term: 9th January – 24th March 2023
Half term: 13th – 17th February 2023
Summer term: 18th April – 7th July 2023
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023
The term dates at St Paul’s Girls’ School for 2023–24 are:
Autumn term: 1st September – 14th December 2023
Half term: 16th – 27th October 2023
Spring term: 10th January – 22nd March 2024
Half term: 12th – 16th February 2024
Summer term: 16th April – 5th July 2024
Half term: 27th –31st May 2024
If you would like to register your daughter for Year 7 entry to St Paul’s Girls’ School in 2023, you will need to submit a completed registration form, together with a copy of your daughter’s birth certificate and a registration fee of £250, before the deadline on Friday 11th November 2022. If you are applying for a bursary-only place you will not need to pay this registration fee – get in touch with the admissions office at St Paul’s Girls’ School if this applies to you.
All girls who are registered for St Paul’s Girls’ School at 11 plus will then take an initial assessment during the week commencing Monday 21st November 2022. This is an online cognitive abilities test (see more information below). Families will be informed of the outcome of this stage of the selection process in mid-December, at which point St Paul’s Girls’ School will get in touch with your daughter’s current school to ask for a confidential reference.
Shortlisted candidates are then invited back to St Paul’s Girls’ School for paper-based tests on Wednesday 4th January 2023 (more details below). Girls who perform well in this exam will be invited to the final stage of the admissions process, which is a 20-25 minute interview with a member of staff. These interviews will focus on the child’s academic potential through interaction with stimulus material.
Girls who play a musical instrument at a minimum of Grade 5 Distinction are eligible for a Music Scholarship at St Paul’s Girls’ School. If you would like to register your daughter for a Music Scholarship, you will need to submit the Music Scholarship application form, along with a reference from your child’s current music or instrumental teacher and a short personal statement written by your child, by Friday 11th November 2022.
Shortlisted Music Scholarship candidates will be invited to an audition on Wednesday 18th January 2023. The audition will last approximately 15 minutes and candidates will need to perform two pieces or excerpts. They will also be given some sight-reading and will have a short informal interview with teachers in the music department.
St Paul’s Girls’ School will send the final decision to families on Friday 10th February 2023. Acceptances will need to be made by a deadline in early March 2023 (to be confirmed), together with a deposit of 50% of the school fees.
There are two assessments for 11 plus entry to St Paul’s Girls’ School. Girls who perform well in the first assessment will be invited back for a second stage.
All candidates will take an online cognitive ability test at St Paul’s Girls’ School during the week commencing Monday 21st November 2022.
Mathematical knowledge and skills
Level of reading fluency
Ability to solve problems with written and visual information
Ability to identify patterns and rules
Attention to detail
Girls who pass this test will be invited back to St Paul’s Girls’ School for the second stage.
The 11 plus entrance exam will take place at St Paul’s Girls’ School on Wednesday 4th January 2023. Children will sit three written papers in English, maths and comprehension. These papers will assess your daughter’s knowledge of the Key Stage 2 core curriculum in English and maths.
Download our free Key Stage 2 checklists to help your child work out where they might need to focus their exam preparation:
You may also find our guide to developing your child’s reading comprehension exam skills helpful.
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