St Paul’s is a thriving, oversubscribed and well-equipped 4-11 primary school in an attractive part of north London in the London Borough of Enfield. It is a voluntary-aided Church of England school within the Diocese of London which aims to ensure that its pupils are educated in accordance with the teaching and principles of the Church of England and that its curriculum is securely based on Christian beliefs and values.
The school lies within the parish of St Paul’s, Winchmore Hill, London N21. It also caters for children from other neighbouring parishes: Holy Trinity, Winchmore Hill; St John the Evangelist, Palmers Green and St Peter’s, Grange Park. There are close links with all the local churches. The children and their teachers attend church as a school regularly each half term. Local clergy are represented on the governing body; they help with assemblies and assist with the teaching of religious education in the school.
St Paul’s can trace its history back over 200 years to the original village schoolroom of the late 18th century, which is still standing on Church Hill. The written records of the school go back to the foundation of the Winchmore Hill National School, adjacent to St Paul’s Church, which opened in 1862. The present school buildings date from the early 1960s. The school was originally built as a one form entry school; it now takes a full two forms of entry (60 per year group) and there are 420 pupils on roll in total. Places are invariably oversubscribed and there are waiting lists for each age group.
The governing body is very closely involved in all aspects of the work of the school including admissions, curriculum, finance, premises and staffing. As in all voluntary-aided schools the governors employ the staff, maintain the buildings and are responsible for the admission of pupils according to published criteria agreed with the local authority and the London Diocesan Board for Schools.
The Friends of St Paul’s School association is a strong and energetic group of parents and others who raise considerable sums of money each year in support of the work of the governors and to purchase additional equipment for the school.
Although it caters for the full ability range, including children with a variety of special educational needs, the school has a strong academic tradition whilst providing a creative and varied curriculum.
At the heart of the school’s development is its emphasis on people as individuals, on people working together in a joint enterprise and on people helping and supporting one another for the common good.