There are all sorts of Paulines, but no types. Boys are actively encouraged to pursue their own interests, whether intellectual, social, spiritual or physical, within and beyond the curriculum. The pace of the school day is fast, and pupils learn to manage their time and to prioritize, giving them the self-confidence and independence required at university and beyond.
The week runs from Monday to Friday with 8, 35-minute periods each day, and morning break and a regular morning session with tutors. In Years 9 to 11 (our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth forms), homework is set for every school day and should take about 2 hours. Pupils in Years 12–13 (Lower and Upper Eighth) are expected to spend at least 15 hours a week on homework and private study.
The school’s extra-curricular life is diverse and often pupil-led. The 100 minute lunch break (12.35-2.15) creates space for a wide range of activities, catering for both casual and more specialised interests, and ranging from voluntary service, outdoor pursuits, current affairs, debating, philosophy, music, drama, Christian Union and sport to creative writing, magic, film-making and stand-up comedy. In addition, all boys have one afternoon of games a week.
Most boys are day pupils, although around 30 boarding or flexi-boarding places are available.