At St. Paul’s School our key objectives are to ensure that we deliver a top quality British education to our pupils and enable them to achieve at the highest standards across all areas. Our pupils follow the English national curriculum delivered through the IPC (the international primary curriculum). Challenges come from the fact that we are a largely Brazilian cohort with regard to our pupils, so we have an immersion approach to developing their English language skills. That said, given that most speak Portuguese at home, this takes longer than it would in a more traditional UK prep school. We believe that each child has the right to excel, and our ambitious aim is to close the gap in reading as quickly as possible and help them move past their chronological age in their reading skills.
InCAS is a tool that helps our leadership team to measure Prep pupils’ progress throughout the academic year, and analyse the areas where they need most help. You can read more about the unique benefits that inCAS offers St. Paul’s in Mrs Allum’s case study.
In 2015 we celebrated the best ever IGCSE results for the school and two years later, after an excellent sixth form, the class of 2017 have set a new school record for the best ever IB diploma results – with an average of 36 points from a possible 45 (world average, 30), 54% of the year group scored over 36 points and 100% of candidates successfully gained their diploma. This is the biggest IB diploma class to date, and we could not be happier with their success.
The year group is celebrating success across the board, with 51 of the 56 candidates achieving the prestigious bilingual diploma in Portuguese and English (world average approximately 20%) and 9 scoring maximum points on their extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action and service elements. They have worked extremely hard and should be justly pleased and proud of their excellent academic achievements.
Special congratulations go to the 13 pupils whose score of over 40 puts them in the top 2% of IB diploma holders in the world. The best score in the school was awarded to our outgoing school captain, who, as well as being an extremely committed leader of the prefect team, found the time to study hard and score a perfect 45 points. He deserves special mention; this is no mean feat.
The class of 2017 have some exceptional university offers waiting for them, in the best UK (Russell Group), USA (Ivy League) and Brazilian universities. They will be excellent university undergraduates and they go with our best wishes and hope for an outstanding college career.
Many thanks to all who have supported these young men and women to such success; teachers, parents and family members have all played their part and we thank them for assisting these boys and girls in their school careers so far. Congratulations!