Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out Challenge’ - Regional Finals

2017 Jack Petchey Award Winners

2017 Jack Petchey Award Winners

The Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out Challenge’ regional finals took place on Monday the 27th at Bishop Challoner. The evening saw students from 14 schools in the Borough competing for a place at the next stage of the contest. The competition was intense, all the students gave remarkable performances with their powerful, moving and uplifting speeches.  It was to the credit of our two students, Milly (My Mum and Me) and Sadia (What will you do: Climate Change) to have reached this level.  Both gave exceptional speeches with Milly taking second place and being asked to be part of the judging panel at next year’s event!  Congratulations to Milly and Sadia.

The Award Winner Presentation Evening took place on the 16th of March. The evening celebrated the hard work and success of students and staff alike who won awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. It was a wonderful evening with music, proud parents and prizes. It was also a great pleasure to see our former colleague, Tyrone, collecting his staff award.

Posted on April 4, 2017 .

National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York, USA

Nine St Paul’s Way students participated in the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference in New York. The NHSMUN is a subsidiary of the International Model United Nations Association (IMUNA). Our students were fortunate enough to attend the conference along with more than 4,000 students who attended from around the world and simulated the sessions of the United Nations in New York City. The students represented United Nations diplomats, reflecting the views and policies of their assigned countries, (SPWT represented Kuwait and Malaysia), in specialised committees and plenary sessions.

The conference took place over four days at the Hilton Manhattan and the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Students debated on significant global issues such as nuclear materials, sexual violence as a weapon of war and combating the present forms of xenophobia in Europe.

By participating in this conference, the students gained unparalleled experience in exploring the intricacies of international affairs through consensus building, compromise, and diplomacy.

Delegates were in discussion with students from around the world, broadening their perspective on many of today’s most pertinent international issues. The conference provided the students with invaluable lessons in communication, public speaking and global issues education.

During the stay, students also had the opportunity to explore the sights of New York, visiting the Statue of Liberty, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and taking in the panoramic views from the Empire State Building 86th floor. Additionally, students toured the streets of Chinatown, Little Italy, Times Square, and Central Park.

“It was one of the most valuable experiences I have had so far. I was able to broaden my horizons by networking and debating with students from across the world. I can see how opportunities such as Model United Nations will play a vital role in shaping my life in the future.”       -  Sadia Aziza Islam 10RC
Posted on March 30, 2017 .

SPWFT Nursery Classes

We are delighted to tell you that the Foundation School will be opening its Nursery Class in January. This will come as welcome news to families with younger children who have been looking forward to this.

For the remainder of this school year, the Nursery Class will be a mornings-only class providing the 15 hours of free Nursery education that all 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to.

If you would like to apply for a place or get more information, please collect a Nursery Pack from the Primary School Office. If you have any further questions, please contact the primary school at www.spwft.net.

Clare Mabberley
Head Teacher - Primary Phase

Posted on November 25, 2016 .

Science Summer School 2016

Britain – First for Science

“Britain needs more scientists and engineers,” says our patron and world renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox. This is one of the reasons why the St Paul’s Way Trust Science Summer School (SSS) has already been running for five years – its aim, to inspire young people to become the next generation of Britain’s scientists.

The event, which took place at the school over two days during the summer holiday, has been the largest and most ambitious to date.  An impressive 250 students attended, ranging from Year 6 to 6th formers, spanning 26 schools and travelling down from as far as North Cumbria. The students were given the exceptional opportunity to engage with this country’s leading scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs through a programme of seminars, discussions, hands-on experiments and workshops. Highlights this year included the following key note lectures:

  • Professor Brian Cox, (University of Manchester) – The Search for Life in the Solar System
  • Dr Turi King, (University of Leicester) – Richard III Resolution of a 500 Year Mystery
  • Dr Erica McAllister, (Natural History Museum) - The Life of Flies
  • Professor Brian Cox, (University of Manchester) – The Origins of the Laws of Nature
  • Dr Ceri Brenner, (University of Strathclyde) – Pressing FIRE on the Most Powerful Laser
  • Dr Steven Le Comber, (Queen Mary University of London) – Maths Murder and Malaria

Feedback from delegates was highly positive

“It was absolutely brilliant!”
“Excellent idea, please continue to do this for future generations.”
“Out of all the events to which I take students to over the year, this one has tremendous potential to change lives. It is so inspirational. Thank you!”
Quote from visiting teacher

Get in touch

The provisional dates for the St Paul’s Way Science Summer School 2017 are 25th and 26th July.

If you are aged 11-18 and are interested in attending the next event, please get in touch with
Ms Ahmed, wajihaahmed@spwt.net

Posted on September 27, 2016 .

Outstanding A level and GCSE success for students at St Paul’s Way Trust School

Myrtle Bolt (nine A*-A), Beattie Green (nine A*) and Sherinne Ghoneim (seven A*-A) pose with Executive Headteacher Grahame Price whilst celebrating their outstanding GCSE results.


Students at St Paul’s Way Trust School with the support of their families, teachers and the wider community continue to exceed expectations at GCSE and A level.

The school was incredibly proud when, in February 2016, we received a letter from the Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb MP, recognising the achievements of St Paul’s Way Trust School and its students quoting:

‘Your school is one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England based on the key stage 2 to key stage 4 value added measure. This reflects the fantastic progress made by your pupils since the end of primary school.’

It is with even greater pleasure that we can announce that the August 2016 GCSE and A level results have further improved on the school’s achievements to date.


Year 11 pupils at St Paul’s Way Trust School made history by achieving the school’s best ever grades. The proportion of students achieving A* to C in both English and Mathematics and the EBacc suite of academic qualifications, once again, increased this year ensuring that we are one of the highest performing schools in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and East London. Executive Headteacher Grahame Price said “Whilst national newspapers are reporting a sharp decline in the GCSE pass rate generally, and in English particularly, students at St Paul’s Way Trust continue to buck the trend. We are delighted that all of the hard work put in by our students and staff, with huge support from their families, has been rewarded with a fabulous set of results.”

Tahmana Tanzim (nine A* - A)

Tahmana Tanzim (nine A* - A)

Iftekhar Hussein (nine A* - A)

Iftekhar Hussein (nine A* - A)

Top performers among many this year included Beattie Green, who was awarded nine A*s, Myrtle Bolt, awarded 9 A* - A,  Sherinne Ghoneim, awarded seven A*- A, Tahmana Tanzim and Iftekhar Hussein, who both secured six A*s and three A grades, to name a few.

A Level

Our A level students also entered the history books by securing our highest results to date; 100% of SPWT students left with 3 A levels compared with the Tower Hamlets average of 72%. In addition the outstanding results achieved by students place the school within the top 10% in the country for student progress.

Jumana Haque  is heading to Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) to read Physics

Jumana Haque  is heading to Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) to read Physics

An incredible 93% of our students are moving onto University pathways across the UK with 50% of these students gaining places at Russell Group or other top universities. Notable destinations include Jumana Haque, who is heading to Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) to study Physics, and Naeema Farrah and Anika Tahrim who both achieved 2A* and an A, securing places to read Medicine and Politics, respectively, at King’s College London.  Another student, Tanya Ahmed, has been accepted to Queen Mary University to study Law and Politics after gaining an A* and two A grades. Tanya said: “I feel shocked, overwhelmed – I’m excited to be going to uni! I went to the best sixth form in London. The team are really supportive and they push you to achieve your goals.”

VI Form students have also secured places on exciting school leaver programmes; Motiur Rahman has gained a place on the KPMG School Leavers Programme and Hameda Akther is joining the Civil Service Fast Track Programme.

We are delighted that our academic VI Form, judged Outstanding by OfSTED, continues to be one of the highest performing in East London.

Early GCSE Successes

Congratulations to students in Year 10 on their fabulous RE and Latin results and those in Year 9 awarded record grades in Bengali.

Posted on September 13, 2016 .