St Paul’s School – Vision and Values

In 1509 John Colet founded St Paul’s School to educate 153 boys “from all nacions and countres indifferently”. Our history is the kind that inspires bold ideals for the future.

Our Vision

To provide an outstanding intellectual, spiritual and physical education, combining tradition with the best of the present, which prepares gifted boys for their future.

To honour John Colet’s founding commitment that St Paul’s is open to all academically eligible boys, regardless of their economic or social circumstance.

To foster a culture of scholarship, and to develop a spirit of enquiry and curiosity, through inspirational and responsive teaching.

To treat the welfare of pupils as the highest priority, and to provide individual pastoral care that promotes a boy’s independence, whilst fostering respect, tolerance, kindness and service.

To develop and maintain the school’s facilities to ensure that the physical environment of St Paul’s sustains the excellence of its education.

To build substantive links with the local community through Pauline voluntary service, outreach programmes and the sharing of our facilities.

Our Values

Our founder was clear that education must be spiritual and holistic, not just academic.  Hence his motto: Fide et literis, faith and learning.  We actively promote five core values throughout both schools.  Faith, Scholarship, Humility, Character, Charity


Christian Faith was central to Colet’s foundation, and we remain by charitable objectives an Anglican school.  We do not, however, proselytise or force religious belief of any kind. Faith includes personal spiritual development; personal contemplation of a system of values and a commitment to truth; and tolerance of and respect for the beliefs of others, including religious belief.


Intellectual curiosity; an interest in academic subject matter beyond the assessed curriculum; commitment to and respect for learning, including the learning of others; industry and diligence.


Humility is promoted as a key requirement for academic and personal development.  Awareness of one’s own ignorance is the essential prerequisite for learning.  Awareness of one’s own weaknesses is the prerequisite for personal development.


The development of character is part of an holistic education, to develop the person in body, mind and spirit, and the personality in temperament and behaviour.  It is associated with integrity; commitment, perseverance and resilience; responsibility and accountability; independence of thought and deed; and the capacity for mature self-reflection.


A charitable disposition, associated with kindness towards others; respect for the beliefs and self-identity of others; a balanced sense of social justice; respect for the environment; a commitment to service to others; a sense of personal and collective obligations as well as of individual rights.