St Paul’s School / Sport

We were the first English school team to tour South Africa post-apartheid and in recent years have toured Spain and Portugal. These opportunities continue today with tours for different age groups involving training at top academies both domestic and abroad.

Fifteen football teams represent the School. Three teams in each of the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth forms and six senior sides. There is also a non-team provision meaning there is ample opportunity for pupils to become involved in football at school.

Each team is organised and trained by a member of the St Paul’s staff. All teams are trained using similar activities and principles so the passing style of football we play is pervasive throughout the
School. We also employ outside coaches to run specialist sessions with the teams.

Teams compete in the Southern Lent Term League and the London Independent Schools Cup alongside other fixtures. Matches take place on Saturdays with occasional midweek fixtures during games halves.

U14s play matches during the second half of term after a skills-focused induction in January.

Each team has two lunchtime training sessions during the week. Before the spring term there is pre-season training for Senior, U16 and U15 players.

Representative Honours

The School has produced two boys who have gone on to earn blues at Oxford and Cambridge respectively.

Jasper Harlington was the first St Paul’s pupil to represent the ISFA U18 England team, in 2014.

Old Pauline Football

Many players join the Old Pauline Association Football Club after leaving St Paul’s, which is a flourishing club with four teams playing matches on Saturdays at the Old Pauline Club in Thames
Ditton.