Below are the stories, experiences and backgrounds of just some of the people who make up the diverse staff at St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors.
Teacher of Computing, St Paul’s Juniors
Ibe has been at St Paul’s Juniors since autumn 2017. His early impressions of the school were shaped by his colleagues; he has always been impressed by their friendliness and approachability and grateful for how they welcomed him in and helped him get up to speed with life at the school. He has enjoyed teaching the boys and is enthused by their energy, their intelligence and how they keep him on his toes!
Ibe has a varied role at St Paul’s Juniors. He is a Teacher of Computing, a Lower Second Form Tutor, the Head of Beech House, one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and he also has the opportunity to teach Rugby, Football and Cricket as a Games Taker. He loves the balance that his role offers between classroom teaching and the chance to be outside teaching a variety of sports. As part of the computing department, he has also worked on supporting his colleagues with the greater roll-out and use of technology across the school.
Ibe started his career at Accenture as an IT consultant before moving across to the Dragon School, a co-educational boarding and day prep school in Oxford, as Head of Computing. He spent four enjoyable years there but took the opportunity to relocate to London after he had been impressed by St Paul’s Juniors after a number of visits for sporting fixtures. He enjoys working with people who have come from different professional backgrounds that bring with them a wide range of experiences that makes for interesting conversations in the Common Room.
Ibe keeps busy in his spare time, too. He enjoys playing football for a Sunday league team and also likes cooking and going to the movies. When he has the time and space, he also likes to make and upcycle furniture.
Human Resources Manager
Sarah joined St Paul’s in June 2016 from her role as HR advisor at the University of London. She’d just finished her CIPD qualifications and was looking for a more senior role and a new challenge within the wider education sector.
Sarah’s role here is HR Manager, a friendly first point of call for any employment queries across the academic staff for both schools and the support staff. She’s also responsible for making sure full safeguarding checks are carried out on all new staff and for the recruitment of management and support staff and HR related projects as well as trying to find solutions to any queries raised. Since starting here, the biggest change she has noticed is the change in gender balance amongst the academic staff with more female teachers being appointed.
Her favourite part of the day is lunch! It gives her the opportunity to catch up with colleagues across the school and she notes how friendly her department is. She enjoys the beautiful surroundings and has set up a staff running club for a Monday evening jog along the river. She also enjoys being able to cycle to work and use the school swimming pool as part of the staff benefits package.
Fourth Form Undermaster
Caroline started her professional career in Sales and Marketing for AstraZeneca before re- training to be a teacher. She started her career in education at Paul’s Juniors in 2006 and taught there for seven years. She then wanted to focus on teaching her degree subject of political sciences, so after a time at Dulwich College as a History and Politics teacher, she returned to St Paul’s School as Head of Politics. She’s been back here for five years and has been Undermaster (Head of Year) to the Fourth Form for the last four.
As Undermaster, Caroline is responsible for setting the tone for the year group, getting the pupils settled into St Paul’s and establishing good work habits. She enjoys working with such bright and self-motivated pupils and the unpretentious and purposeful nature of the school. Alongside the wider pastoral care and wellbeing team, she’s also there as a support to any pupils who are finding things harder and enjoys the one-to-one meetings with pupils where she is able to help them.
Caroline looks forward to catching up with colleagues each day over lunch as there’s always someone interesting to sit and chat with. She also enjoys the variety that her role offers between teaching and the wider pastoral care. Outside of work, Caroline can be found absorbing all the culture that London has to offer, enjoying the outdoors, trying to keep fit in the gym and spending time with family and friends.
James joined the St Paul’s team in May 2014 as Grounds Manager from Harrow School where he was Assistant Groundsman. He was excited by the opportunity to make the grounds here better and to join a big school with a great reputation. He’s responsible for anything outside – from the sports fields to the gardens and the trees. He manages a team of seven who keep all the fields in top playing condition.
James enjoys the way every day is different and he never knows what challenges he and his team will need to face. They work towards each Saturday’s fixtures, no matter what the weather throws at them, viewing them as an open day for St Paul’s for another visiting school.
James is a major sports fan himself, particularly enjoying boxing and football. He enjoys the supportive and friendly team atmosphere at the school and the professionalism of the whole sports department.