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St Paul's Girls' School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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St Paul's Girls' School: a parents' guide to Year 7 entry


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.

Key information for St Paul's Girls' School

  • 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

St Paul's Girls' School fees and financial assistance

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.

St Paul's Girls' School term dates

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

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to St Paul's Girls' School

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.

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St Paul's Girls' School 11 plus exam

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.

Stage one: cognitive ability test

All candidates will take an online cognitive ability test at St Paul’s Girls’ School during the week commencing Monday 21st November 2022.

The test takes an hour and covers verbal ability, mathematical ability and non-verbal ability. The following skills are assessed in this test:

  • Mathematical knowledge and skills

  • Level of reading fluency

  • Vocabulary knowledge

  • Phonological awareness

  • Ability to solve problems with written and visual information

  • Ability to identify patterns and rules

  • Spatial awareness

  • Attention to detail

Girls who pass this test will be invited back to St Paul’s Girls’ School for the second stage.

Stage two: entrance exam

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.

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How to help your child prepare for the selection process at St Paul's Girls' School

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The 11 plus exam at St Paul's Girls' School covers a huge range of content! Girls are tested on their knowledge and understanding of Key Stage 2 English and maths, as well as verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning (neither of which are taught in school).

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When working through challenging topics, your child will need immediate clarity with any misconceptions so that they feel truly secure in every topic. Atom Nucleus includes video tutorials, help sheets and examples with every question to help your child build confidence and competence across all the areas assessed.

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Engage with their progress

Celebrate your child’s improvement in areas of challenge together. An accurate and ongoing assessment of their areas of strength and development is helpful.

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