Community and Faith

Learning isn't just about learning skills that will help you in your future school and professional career. We believe it is just as important to help our students become strong members of society. At St Paul's Academy, we accomplish that by keeping an eye on the world around us, and being an active part of our local and wider communities.

Creating a 'can do' attitude

Enterprise Education is of fundamental importance to the development of Saint Paul’s Academy. Opportunities provided in school can lead to increased self esteem, greater confidence and better preparation for the world of work which will hopefully lead to greater economic prosperity in later life. The aim is to create a 'can do' attitude rather than a passive learning environment.

Although the concept of Enterprise, and Work Related Learning, initially suggests undertaking extra curricula work, the aim is to embed the ideology and the practicalities within the taught curriculum, thus involving all members of staff. 

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Enterprise Education is about raising students’ aspirations and developing valuable skills for further education and employment in a range of activities.

Enterprise Education allows many young people a chance to achieve in ways they never thought were possible and it allows them to engage with people they would never normally meet. Our enterprise activities always focus on fundraising and the generosity of our community is astounding, as are the ideas our students come up with to raise money. 




Plaque presented to the Head of School for £175,000 on behalf of the students and staff of St Paul's Academy.

Since becoming an Academy in September 2005, we have supported numerous charities, organisations and local fund raising initiatives.

Thank you to all members of staff and students for their enthusiasm, time, commitment and generosity, which can always be relied on for any fundraising activities and events.


To date, we have raised in excess of

At our Christmas and Easter Fayres, you can expect to see food from around the world, home-made soap, jewellery, Christmas decorations and many other products made by students and their families. Every year, Year 7 are challenged with ‘Flourishing Fivers’; they are given £5 and have to see how much money they can make from this original sum. Some activities have become annual events, including the Christmas Fun Run, the Rowathon, numerous raffles, car washing and plant sales. 


We very much pride ourselves on the range of local, national and international charities we have supported through enterprise activities, again reflecting our commitment to Gospel values. Very often, we support a charity as a result of some direct link to members of our community and this means that students are involved on a personal level. Some of the charities we support are:

  • Sister Ann and her educational work in Kenya
  • Greenwich & Bexley Cottage Hospice
  • The Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Thamesmead Food Bank
  • Anerley Across, which takes disabled children to Lourdes
  • Shooting Star, CHASE, a Children’s Hospice
  • Weybourne Care Home for the elderly
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
  • Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton 






Role of the chapel and Chaplain

Chaplaincy belongs at the heart of the school, working to support the staff in their ministry to the students, and to support the students in their own personal, spiritual and social development.

The chapel is open and accessible all day to pupils and staff. Students are encouraged to use the chapel for their own private prayer. The chapel is used as a meeting place to help organise and practise for liturgical services. Tutor groups attend the chapel for short liturgies and liturgies for staff take place when required.  

Dates and times of Mass

Voluntary Masses take place in the chapel on every first Friday of the month at 7.30am in the Chapel. All are welcome. We also have mass in the chapel throughout the season of Advent and Lent.

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Downloadable reflection sheets and prayers

Refelction sheet w/b 19th March 2018

Reflections and prayers from Cafod w/b 19th March 2018

Daily Act of Worship

A Daily Act of Worship takes place in form groups or in the year assembly in the hall. A weekly reflection sheet is provided to all staff by the Chaplain. Form groups each have a folder containing a format for class worship. These folders are personalised by individual forms and prayers written by students are kept in the folders. The folders act as a prayer resource for the students and form teachers and the folders stay with form groups throughout the student’s time at St. Paul’s Academy. The content of the folder is added to over the year and form groups are encouraged to compose and write their own prayers and intentions.


There is a weekly assembly rota, which enables each year group to gather once a week for collective act of worship. These assemblies are led by a variety of staff with particular themes such as St. Vincent De Paul, issues of justice and conservation.

Special assemblies for all year groups take place for Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week/Easter. The Chaplaincy Co-ordinator leads assemblies for CAFOD fast days, Remembrance Day, Christian Unity week, HIV/AIDS day and end of term assemblies. The Chaplain contributes to the yearly assembly rota.

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