English schools in Latin America
Today St. Paul’s School has evolved to be a genuinely Anglo-Brazilian, bilingual and bicultural school, still offering a high quality education for pupils of all nationalities. The School is maintained by a non-profit Foundation and is registered with the educational authorities of the State of São Paulo according to Federal and State legislation as the Escola Britânica de São Paulo. The Foundation and the School are under the responsibility of a Board of Governors whose members are appointed by representatives (or trustees) of the British community. The overall task of the Board of Governors is to ensure that the School runs successfully and smoothly in accordance with its stated aims. The Board of Governors meets approximately once per month and is responsible for overseeing general educational policy, development of infrastructure and financial control.
The School occupies the same 1.8 hectare site acquired in 1927 and is situated in the leafy residential area aptly named Jardins. It seeks excellence and modernity in all contexts, including the provision of all services and amenities. The School’s facilities are constantly refurbished to the highest standards. Most recent improvements include: the creation of a self-contained Pre-Preparatory School on the ground floor of the main building; increased security arrangements including the redesign of the School entrances; a new administration block; the upgrading of IT infrastructure; and the creation of a media centre which integrates IT facilities with the School Library, which has over 32 000 items on its database including books, CD-ROMs, video and audio tapes, career brochures and a wide selection of magazines and newspapers.
The School also has an impressive Art Centre, a spacious theatre and drama studio, music rooms, a Sixth Form Centre, an ecumenical place of worship, two swimming pools, a multi-purpose sports court, a football pitch, seven science laboratories, a gymnasium, fully air-conditioned dining facilities, and an underground car park. The M. T. M. Casey McCann Centre and the ecumenical place of worship were inaugurated on 5th May 2001 by His Excellency, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Brazil, Sir Roger Bone KCMG, on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the School.
Today St. Paul’s School is a busy and hardworking place for pupils up to 18 years old and over 200 academic and administrative staff. Standards are high, as are expectations, and these are maintained by regular visits by inspectors from renowned educational accreditation organisations such as HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference), IAPS (Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools), LAHC (Latin American Heads’ Conference) and MEC (Ministério da Educação) representatives.
The School has earned the reputation of being one of the foremost academic establishments of its type, capable of holding its own with the best in Brazil, Latin America and the UK.