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St. Paul’s class of 2021 leavers achieve the best IB results in the school’s history

Last week, together with more than 170,000 other pupils across the globe, our Upper Sixth leavers celebrated their excellent results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 

This year’s cohort of boys and girls have done brilliantly, despite all the challenges they faced over the last 18 months, securing the best results the school has ever seen. With an average of 37.3 out of a maximum of 45 points, this is the highest since the school began the IB Diploma programme in 1984. 

Around 35% of the individual grades were 7 and we are especially proud of our 25 high fliers who scored 40 or more points from a maximum of 45. Across the board the results were excellent.  The top score in each subject is 7 and some subjects have done exceptionally well with very high proportions of 6 and 7 grades. They all deserve special congratulations for their efforts and success.  

“They are now set for university and life beyond. They should be proud of all they have achieved in their two year diploma programme of study. We are delighted with the successes of this year’s young men and women and are especially pleased that they have secured places at the finest universities around the world”, says Titus Edge, St. Paul’s Headmaster.  

St. Paul's leavers destinations 2021 FGV, Insper, ESPM and other Brazilian universities are amongst the list, along with Durham, Edinburgh and the LSE in the UK, Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Columbia and New York University in the USA.  As they prepare to head off to university whether at home or overseas, we congratulate the pupils and their teachers most warmly on this excellent set of results and we wish them every success and happiness for the future.  


Zeba Clarke

Welcome to our newly appointed deputy head

We are delighted to share with you that Ms Zeba Clarke has landed in São Paulo with her family to join our community as the newly appointed deputy head.  

Ms Clarke is a hugely experienced and impressive educationalist who has held teaching and management positions at a number of schools in the UK and overseas. She has also taught in China, an experience that included directing a performance of Hamlet on the Great Wall, and she is also a published author. Although she will be new to São Paulo, she has relatives living in Brazil whom she has visited in the past. Welcome, Ms Clarke! 

A new Spotlight magazine for our community

The British Society São Paulo has published a new issue of the Spotlight magazine.

A key publication for the community in São Paulo, it shares news on the events and achievements of British organisations, including St. Paul’s School. The latest issue also includes an article about our school’s 95th anniversary celebrated this year, with a special timeline with some of the school’s milestones. There is also a story about a memory book produced by some of our pupils registering memories from the British Society elderly.

Scholarship programme applicants pre-selected for assessment stage

As we’ve passed half term and get closer to the end of this academic year, the St Paul’s Foundation scholarship programme moves forward. Applicants for joining in 2022 are moving forward with the selection process, and we move ever closer to selecting our new scholars for entry in August 2021.

Of the nearly 140 applicants to the scholarship programme for 2022 entry, 84 children aged between 10 and 15 years have been pre-selected for the next phase: the assessment day. At this point, they will sit English and cognitive tests – the same as any pupil would go through to join St. Paul’s School in our usual admissions process.

As for 2021 entry, the four candidates in preparation have just taken mid-term assessments in English and maths, with excellent results in both subjects. Throughout May, they will sit psychological evaluations, and the foundation team will interview their families. At the end of the preparation period, in mid-June, a new round of assessments will happen before the final selection.

Follow us on our social media for more updates: @fundacaostpauls.

St. Paul’s pupil competes for a place in the Brazilian Olympic swimming team

Whilst Form 5 were attending their last week of lessons, one member of the year group was also making sporting history! Stephanie, in Windsor South, spent the week in Rio de Janeiro competing for a place in the Brazilian Olympic swimming team.  

She broke four records for her age group in total, with her best times being a staggering 55.06 seconds in the 100m freestyle and 25.53 seconds in the 50m freestyle.  

Despite being aged only sixteen, Stephanie has secured a place in the Brazilian women’s relay team and she, along with her teammates, will hear at the end of this month if they will be going to Tokyo.  

The St. Paul’s community is very optimistic that we will see a star Paulean on television this winter, as the team’s qualifying time was one of the highest in the world. Regardless of the outcome we are incredibly proud of Stephanie. 


St. Paul’s pupils CAS project brings together audiobooks for the elderly

Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements that every pupil must complete as part of the Diploma Programme (DP). At our school, our pupils engage and create a number of CAS projects.  

One of our newest projects is Bookscape, a website that brings together audiobooks with poems and tales for the elderly living in the residential homes supported by the British Society. The pupils who devised the project were concerned with the mental health of the elderly members of the community feeling isolated during the pandemic restrictions. Bookscape was developed so that the elderly could enjoy their free time and as a consequence show that they feel cared for and connected to the community. Currently, two homes are benefiting from the project:  Casa Madre Teodora dos Idosos and Lar Bênção.

All poems read were in Portuguese (our target audience’s native language) and they were selected from the Domínio Público (this ensured that there were no copyright infringements).  

Well done to all Pauleans for the initiative!

#stpaulsschoolsp #bepaulean

St. Paul's International Day 2021

St. Paul’s School International Day 2021

Our PTA has just launched the International Day 2021. It is a season that unites our community to help five charities supported by usLiga Solidária, TUCCA, ACER, Mão Amiga, and the British Society.  

Please stay tuned for the upcoming events and campaigns: @stpauls_pta @internationaldaysale  


St. Paul's Foundation Scholarship Programme

St Paul’s Foundation scholarship programme making progress  

As the school starts the second term for the 2020-2021 academic year, the St. Paul’s Foundation moves forward with its scholarship programme 

 The St. Paul’s Foundation scholarship programme is now open for applications from children living in Brazil who are interested in benefitting from a British education, but who would otherwise not have access to the kind of experience St. Paul’s offers. 

 We offer an 18-month programme to select and prepare pupils to join St. Paul’s School. Applicants must be regularly attending a school in Brazil, must be aged between 11 and 15 years old on 31st December 2021, and must have excellent grades and a good knowledge of English. 

 Do you know any pupils who would be interested in this opportunity and who meet our criteria? Then let them know that they can apply exclusively through our website by 28th March 2021!  

This year’s applicants who are successful in the selection process will join St. Paul’s School in August 2022.  

 The St. Paul’s Foundation scholarship covers not only the tuition fee but many other costs supporting scholars’ lives at the school, helping with uniforms, public transportation, trips and extracurricular activities, for example. 

Candidates for 2021 entry start the preparation phase 

The four candidates for entry in August 2021 began their preparation course on Monday 8th February. 

The group of hopeful candidates are aged between 13 and 15 years old, and come from different schools in the greater São Paulo area. They attend online lessons led by volunteer teachers from St. Paul’s School – both teachers and support staff. There are three lessons a week, covering special topics. The course will end on 17th June this year. 

Over this term, the candidates will also undertake academic and psychological assessments, as the family members are interviewed by the Foundation’s team. 

IB World Schools Yearbook

St. Paul’s School featured in the new IB World Schools Yearbook

We are delighted to share our school’s profile featured in John Catt’s IB World Schools Yearbook 2020-21In the Yearbook – available in printed and online versions – you can find detailed profiles of schools authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate programmes. The Yearbook includes information on more than 5,000 IB World Schools. 

Click here to read our full profile:  

St. Paul’s profile

Updates on the St. Paul’s Foundation Scholarship Programme

We are delighted to share that four candidates aged between 13 and 15 years old are on their way to joining the preparation course, as part of the St. Paul’s Foundation scholarship programmeAfter being assessed and interviewed, these candidates will begin the preparation in February, when they will attend three weekly online lessons led by teachers from our school.  

The aim of the preparation course is to prepare them to access the school’s curriculum, and it brings together lessons on various subjects. It is the final stage of the process before the final selection of scholars for 2021 entry.  

 We wish the foundation’s candidates the best of luck in this new stage!