St Paul’s School / Daily Life

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The pace at St Paul's School is fast paced and bright boys thrive in the engaging and supportive environment. The week runs from Monday to Friday with eight, 35-minute periods each day, plus a morning break and regular morning sessions to catch up with tutors.

The school’s extra-curricular life is diverse and often pupil-led. The 100 minute lunch break (12:35 - 2:15pm) 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.

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 encouraged to spend a minimum of 15 hours each week on homework and private study.

Most boys are day pupils, although around 30 boarding or flexi-boarding places are available.