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Our emphasis is on students as individuals. Students' needs are catered for as flexibly as possible using our wide variety of teaching techniques and learning resources.
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Bernie Borland CBE

Bernie, our Chair of Governors, graduated from Manchester University in 1972 and has two postgraduate degrees from London University. He served inner-London Catholic Education for 37 years, including 8 years as a secondary Head teacher at Saint Paul’s, Abbey Wood and 15 years as Principal of Saint Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in Clapham, retiring in 2009.

Bernie is a member of the British Psychological Society and has worked as an OFSTED inspector. He was on a Commission for Black Staff in Further Education and is director of a training company specialising in ‘hard to reach’ learners.

Currently Bernie is a part-time senior lecturer at Saint Mary’s University College teaching on an MA in Leading Innovation and change. He is also an education consultant supporting the work of schools and colleges.

Bernie is married with three grown up children. His interests include politics and sport.

In 2008 he was awarded the CBE for services to Education.


Patrick Winston

Patrick Winston's portrait.

 Patrick Winston is the Principal of Saint Paul’s Academy and was formerly Head teacher of
Saint Paul’s Catholic School. He was the driving force in transforming a small, successful Catholic school into an Academy which is unique in that it is a Catholic school which has a specific number of places reserved for the local community.

Under his leadership, Saint Paul’s Catholic School was granted Beacon School Status by the DfES in January 2000 and gained School Achievement Awards in 2001 and 2003. In 2004 the Academy project was suggested, but met with considerable local opposition. Patrick was determined that the proposal was in the interests of all members of the local community and had to overcome significant obstacles in order for the new school to be created. When the project was finally approved, Patrick spent a year looking at best practice around the country. As a result, Saint Paul’s Academy is very far from traditional in many aspects of school life, for example, with its longer school day, a three-year KS4 and staggered breaks.

Saint Paul’s Academy moved to its new campus in January 2010 and within three weeks had an OFSTED inspection of the English Department. The inspection rated the English Department as Outstanding under every category. During the last year the Academy has been supporting Saint John Fisher Secondary School, Chatham, move to Sponsored Academy Status. A full programme of partnership activities has been established to support Saint John Fisher’s School Improvement Agenda.

Patrick is passionate about Sport. He believes that the basic principles of a sporting ethos; personal development, working with others, enjoying success and coping with defeat are also principles that are vital in everyday life and are skills which equip young people for adult life.

Emily Tudor is the Assistant Principal for English & Communications and English Subject Leader at Saint Paul’s Academy in Abbey Wood, South-East London. She has been a teacher for 15 years, starting out in the boroughs of Bromley and Croydon but then spending most of her career in the borough of Greenwich.

Emily’s department experienced an English focus OFSTED in 2010 and the team were awarded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas under her leadership. As a result of the inspection, the department was chosen to feature in the OFSTED publication, ‘Excellence in English’. The report highlighted the particular success the department have with engaging boys in the subject – evident not only in the GCSE results but also in the ‘student voice’ evidence gathered by the inspector. Boys’ literacy is addressed partly through learning ‘Beyond the Classroom’, the use of technology and an emphasis on Speaking & Listening.

The English department at Saint Paul’s continues to thrive. Emily passionately believes in the value of collaborative work amongst staff, and working as a team of committed professionals with the shared goal of making learning meaningful and enjoyable for all.


3 members of staff at Leavers Ball evening 2009.

Staff list

Saint Paul's has more than 110 teaching staff members.
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Saint Paul's Under 14 Gaelic Football team.

Academy's specialisms

Two features of the Academy are the specialisms in Sport and Enterprise which are part of students' day-to-day life.

Male teacher supporting a student in the classroom.


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Teacher supporting students in classroom.

Our philosophy

Saint Paul's philosophy and practice are based upon a series of simple truths communicated to students at all times.