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April 25, 2022

A third way – Collaboration between St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School

On Monday 25 April, St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School held a joint event to allow parents to hear more about the growing collaboration taking place across both schools. There is a strong desire from both schools to increase inter-school links and provide more opportunities for pupils to participate in joint activities.

Hosted by the High Master, Sally-Anne Huang and the High Mistress, Sarah Fletcher, parents had the opportunity to hear from Tom Killick, St Paul’s Deputy Head Co-Curricular, and Josephine Lane, St Paul’s Girls’ Deputy Head, Director of Senior School who have been driving this work forward. The session provided further information about the partnership programme, which has been growing on a termly basis across St Paul’s Juniors and the Senior Schools.

In addition, since 2021, a small working group, led by the High Mistress and High Master, have been working together to put in place an off-timetable day plus a variety of other joint opportunities for every year group that will allow increased collaboration opportunities from academic year 2022/23. The aim is to increase and broaden this alliance between the two schools with the ultimate aim that “Every pupil from every year group spends a number of days a year doing a meaningful joint activity with an equivalent year at the partner school so that these interactions are seen as the norm rather than an exception.”

We are proud of the long history of collaboration between both schools, particularly in the arts with joint concerts and theatre productions. This relationship has continued to grow in recent years with the addition of the Upper Eighth Joint Conference and Academic Symposium.

While both schools value the experience that single-sex education offers their pupils, we are also aware of the benefits of a co-educational experience. The mission statement includes a commitment to “To work towards an environment where all students understand and appreciate the world of the future; equality; needs of the workplace and responsibilities. To create a space where they respect each other; engage with each other, and prioritise establishing positive relationships.”

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