Academic Scholarships

St Paul’s School offers a number of honorary Academic Scholarships annually.

St Paul’s School Academic Scholarships at 13+

Candidates at external preparatory schools who have successfully completed the 13+ admission process will have been made an unconditional Main List offer.  Those that have accepted the offer are welcome to sit the scholarship examinations which are held annually in May.  Their Headteacher will advise us in January of the year of entry if they will be sitting the examinations and schools will have been provided with the appropriate syllabi and past papers for practice.

Boys joining from other schools are welcome to sit the scholarship examinations. Please contact for further advice.

Compulsory papers are set in English, History, Geography, Latin, French, Theology & Philosophy, Mathematics and Science. There is an optional paper in Greek and candidates are encouraged to sit it if they have reached a reasonable standard.

For pupils from St Paul’s Juniors, 13+ Scholarships are awarded on the basis of their work in Year 7 and 8 and their end of year exams.

About 30 scholarships are awarded each year in total between pupils from St Paul’s Juniors and external candidates. Academic Scholarships are retained until the end of a pupil’s career at St Paul’s, subject to good work and conduct.

All Academic Scholarships are honorary and worth £60, which many families put towards book costs.

Examples of scholarship examination papers:




French Written







From 2020 the syllabus for Theology and Philosophy paper has changed. A sample paper is available.

St Paul’s School Academic Scholarships at 17+

Academic Scholarships worth £60 per annum are awarded for the final year (the Upper Eighth) on the basis of work throughout the Lower Eighth year.  All boys are automatically considered for these awards. No new Academic Scholarships are awarded at 16+.

For further information about Academic Scholarships, please contact