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About the School

Mission Statement

Our school community will be a place of enjoyment, respect and hope where courage is valued and skills developed for all to thrive in a diverse world; growing in strength, wisdom and faith.

Christian Vision

St Paul said:

"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confidence and hope."

Romans chapter 5 verses 3 and 4

St Paul's Church of England Combined School is an environment where pupils develop a positive attitude towards learning for life. Our staff are more than just highly qualified professionals. Their personal commitment and passion for learning mean that their teaching is much more than simply imparting knowledge. We believe that it is vital to provide individual support and challenge for every student.

Each member of the school community makes a significant contribution to fostering a culture of mutual respect and co-operation.


Our Philosophy


  • we encourage the children to develop their own understanding of the School Values of Respect, Courage, Enjoyment, Hope and Belonging and to demonstrate them daily
  • we encourage our pupils to develop their social skills and give them opportunities for personal development
  • we encourage our pupils to strive towards meaningful goals and support them as they solve the problems they encounter so that they gain increased levels of autonomy
  • we encourage our pupils to get involved in designing the way that they are taught, applying our philosophy to all aspects of teaching and learning
  • we encourage our pupils to understand and appreciate the British Values of democracy, tolerance, the rule of law and of individual liberty
  • we encourage our pupils to treat everyone with mutual respect at all times, including tolerance and respect for others of different faiths and none


In short, we encourage our pupils to develop their own personality and to discover their own individual paths towards adulthood.


Below you will find our school prospectus.  

What does being a Voluntary Aided School mean?


As a Voluntary Aided (VA) school, St Paul's relies on parental contributions for financial support to improve the site and facilities. In fact, the government requires VA schools to raise, as a minimum, 10% of the capital costs of any building; although in practice, we are often responsible for the entire sum needed.

Voluntary contributions therefore have a critical role to play in ensuring the school can continue to provide a high standard of facilities to our pupils. The School Development Fund exists for this purpose and we invite parents to support the appeal by making a contribution either via a one-off payment or standing order. 


To find out more, please read about the Development and Maintenance Fund by clicking on the link below.

Facts and figures at a glance


Early Years 3+ to 4 years (Nursery)
Early Years 4+ to 5 years (Reception)
Key Stage 1 5 to 7+ years (Year 1 - Year 2)
Key Stage 2 7+ to 11+ years (Year 3 - Year 6)


The Nursery school offers both Universal Free Education (UFE), of 15 hours per week, and Extended Free Education (EFE), of an additional 15 hours per week where the family is eligible.  The maximum capacity is for 39 children in either morning or afternoon sessions.  This gives an adult to pupil ratio of 1:13.


The school is a single form entry school with class sizes of 30 in Reception and Key Stage 1, and 32 in Key Stage 2, giving a total capacity of 218 children. 


The school day begins at 8:50 am and finishes at 3:15 pm, with lunch taken from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Assemblies are held every day at 10:00 am; on Friday each class takes it in turn to run the Assembly.  Dates of class assemblies can be found in the latest newsletter.