St Paul’s Juniors / Academic

Pupils refine their speaking and listening in several ways: in-depth classroom discussion; the opportunity to record material for the school radio station; the Colin Pearson public speaking competition and English Speaking Board examinations, which reward pupils’ recitation, narration and presentation skills.

Reading and Writing

Junior Paulines read, study and write about text in many forms. They learn to interpret meaning, to explore its impact on readers and to question how it is made. Analytical essay-writing, an essential discipline at Senior School, is explicitly taught. Boys develop independent, evidence-based thought, structure it logically and express it as persuasive argument. We celebrate and study interesting, ambitious pupil writing, projecting it through display, via iPad in the classroom, or publication in the weekly Grapevine newsletter and annual Coletine magazine. Creative writing is also nurtured through our Playwriting Competition, with shortlisted plays going into full production with the Drama Department.

Personal Reading

Pupils read a range of texts together in class and regularly visit the school library with their teachers to choose books and to read.

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change…windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”

Barbara W. Tuchman ― Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Nov. 1980), pp.16-32

English Staff Members

  • Photo of Jemima Waller

    Jemima Waller

  • Photo of Louise Coghlan

    Louise Coghlan

  • Photo of Claire Dunne

    Claire Dunne

  • Photo of Tiffany Masters

    Tiffany Masters

  • Photo of Brigid Nuthall

    Brigid Nuthall

  • Photo of Georgina Tomaszewska

    Georgina Tomaszewska

  • Photo of Jo Wielebinska

    Jo Wielebinska