St Paul’s School / Academic

Academic Performance

Boys follow a curriculum to IGCSE/GCSE and then to AS and A Levels or Pre-U. We believe that IGCSE offers breadth and good curriculum content, and that of all the 16+ examination options A Levels and Pre-U provide the greatest flexibility and choice for both boys and teachers.

We are proud of our pupils’ outstanding results in these exams, but the real academic strength of St Paul’s is that discussion in the classroom is not constrained by the examined curriculum. Examination success is important, but for gifted boys it should be a by-product of their broader intellectual development.

St Paul’s regularly topped the league tables published each August before we co-founded a movement among leading schools to withhold publication of our GCSE and A Level results at that time of the year. We believe that league tables are too narrow a measure of a school’s educational provision. The school publishes its results each year once all re-marks are known. Our results, and the all-round education we provide, are such that pupils go on to study at top universities in the UK and North America.