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.
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.
Deputy Head – Co-curricular
Tom joined St Paul’s School in 2012 after twelve years in the City as a trader. With both parents being University academics, teaching has always been present in his family, so Tom always knew he would want to change career. Tom’s first impressions of St Paul’s were of energy and enthusiastic activity, scholarly colleagues and pupils who always had something interesting to say.
Tom’s current role at the school is Deputy Head – Co-curricular, he is responsible for all activity which takes place outside of the academic curriculum. He is also a teacher of Mathematics and a coach of rowing, having been a previous President of the Boat Club.
During the time Tom has been at St Paul’s, he’s noticed the many physical changes to the campus, with new buildings completed during the renewal campaign, and also the composition of the Common Room, with new colleagues and more female teaching staff. However despite the changes he feels that the unique ethos of the school has been preserved.
Tom met his wife at the school, a teacher of French and German, and he now spends much of his spare time at home with his young family. He’s also a keen sportsman, enjoying rowing, cycling and triathlon, and he loves getting out on the River Thames during the long lunchbreak.
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.