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St Paul's School



Founded in 1960, St Paul's School is an independent Anglican day school, located in northern Brisbane, Australia. The school has a 60-year heritage of providing high-quality education, and currently teaches pupils at a wide range of ages and entry points, up to Year 12.

St Paul's School is located approximately 17 kilometers north of Brisbane's central business district, in Queensland Australia's ‘Sunshine State'. The school's spacious 51-hectare campus sits on the banks of the South Pine River, in a safe and well-connected suburb surrounded by a mixture of rural and residential properties. The self-contained site includes the school buildings as well as an array of sporting fields and areas of beautifully preserved grazing land including many endemic plant species, and a pair of old-growth Hoop Pine trees, which are now heritage-listed and estimated at over 150 years old.

Facilities include well-established buildings, furnished with modernized equipment, including a Music Centre, School Chapel, the Geize Library, a renovated Design and Technology Centre, and Science Laboratories. The Sutton Building features an international school, teaching preparatory English classes for prospective high-school pupils, as well as a cafeteria.

The school employs an innovative approach towards tuition, centered around three principles of faith, community, and learning. Experiential learning ensures exposure to a variety of stimuli and teaching methods, and vertical age structuring of tutor groups, comprising a mix of pupils from Years 7 to 12, encourages peer-to-peer mentoring and collaboration with a more diverse group of individuals than would usually be the case.

With a legacy of strong academic results, St Paul's School is a fantastic stepping stone to competitive courses of higher education, and the school is extremely proud of its curriculum and teaching staff. Over 85 percent of Year 12 students successfully achieve admission to their first or second university preference.

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Why study here?

Why study here?


St Paul's School has been recognized internationally and nationally as one of the world's most innovative schools. Some of its rankings and recognitions include:

  • St Paul's was recognized as one of the world's Top 100 Most Innovative Educational Institutions by Cambridge University's most influential bodies
  • St Paul's School has been ranked among the Top 40 Most Innovative Schools in Australia by The Educator Magazine
  • St Paul's School was named Australian School of the Year by the 2019 Australian National Education Awards

The 2018 National Education Awards awarded St Paul's School four awards: Best School Strategic Plan, Best Innovation in Curriculum Design, Best Professional Learning Program, and Headmaster of the Year (non-government).

Student speak

Here's what a student had to say about his experience at the school:

''St Paul's School was my bridge to enter the world of Australia. The teachers were helpful and friendly and helped me transition into the Australian society. I have great memories of my time at St Paul's and especially the people who looked after me in my homestay. I am now a qualified architect working in Brisbane''. - Chris, South Korea

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The innovative learning approach

St Paul's School enjoys a reputation as one of the world's most innovative educational institutions, given its unique approach to learning and teaching. The school's learning approach is referred to as realms of thinking. This approach helps make innovative thinkers out of students, helps students ask better questions, master basics, develop empathy, navigate failure, and sparks their imagination.

This learning approach helps students aspire to a bright future, that could include anything from starting a business to applying design thinking to problems and collaborating through global connections. Students are prepared to succeed and thrive in a world that is rapidly changing at St Paul's School.

Visit the St Paul School website to learn more about its beneficial learning approach.

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Study options

Study options

St Paul's School educates students through its:

  • International school
  • Junior school (Prep - Year 6) and
  • Secondary school (Years 7 - 12)

St Paul's School and its high school preparation program are accredited by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).

International students may:

  • Improve their English language skills through the high school preparation program
  • Join the study abroad option to experience St Paul's for 6 or 12 months
  • Enjoy the school's vacation program during their own school holidays
  • Come to St Paul's with a study tour group

Here's what an international student had to say about his experience at St Paul's School:

Paul/ China

''I have been at St Paul's for over two years. I chose Australia because the environment of this country is very good and the universities have a great reputation. I have made lots of good friends.''

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Study experience

Study experience

St Paul's School offers international students a secure and safe study environment it is a school that cares about its students and helps them challenge the status quo.

The school helps students develop by providing opportunities that will make them agile and adaptable for sound careers in their future.

Students gain a global perspective and are equipped with the required attitude and skills to work in teams. They also learn how to become successful entrepreneurs and enjoy being taught by the world's finest teachers.

The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for enriching student life outside of classrooms.

St Paul's School is home to international students from countries including Japan, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, Brazil, and more.

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Experiential learning

Experiential learning

Some of the outdoor educational experiences at St Paul's that students can enjoy and benefit from include:


Year 3 to 10 students have the opportunity to take part in specific camps which help teach them how to build community, collaborate and equip them with valuable life skills.

World school

The school is the only one in Australia to be a part of the World School network, which comprises schools from 21 countries annually gathering for international collaboration and innovative experiences. This is open to year 11 students.

Overseas tours & exchanges

Students can take up a range of overseas travel experiences. These include football tours to Singapore history tours to Europe cricket tours to the United Kingdom, tours to Japan and China, and more. The school also has exchanges with schools from around the world.

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St Paul's facilities are set in its large campus with outdoor spaces and extensive garden areas.

They include:

  • A state-of-the-art design technology centre
  • A science centre with extended experimental investigation rooms and 8 laboratories
  • A music centre with dedicated tuition and performance rooms, along with a recording studio (all students have the opportunity to participate in the music program at the school and avail these music facilities that are among the best in the country)
  • Specialist art areas
  • A library with two computer laboratories
  • Lecture theatre
  • Wellbeing Centre
  • Centre for Research Innovation and Future Development

The school's sports facilities available include:

  • Swimming pool
  • A modern gymnasium
  • Cricket pitches
  • Tennis, volleyball, basketball, and netball courts
  • Soccer, rugby, and hockey fields
  • Athletics track
  • Golf driving range
  • Sport clubhouse


All international students are required to live in homestay accommodation that is approved by the school. The host family will support students during their student journey and help them adjust to life in Australia.

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