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Our Sports Leaders are born leaders: Leading on and off the field

On Friday 15th May, 20 of our Year 8 and 9 Sports Leaders, along with Sports Leader Co-Ordinator Miss Duffy, attended a physical activity and health promotion day held at the Waterfront Leisure Centre, Woolwich.  This event, organised by the youth organisation ‘SportInspired’ aimed to engage 220 Year 4 primary school pupils from the local area in a range of new sports and physical activities.  Their mission is to tackle apathy and inactivity in children by connecting communities using the power of sport.

On the day of the event, the role of our young sports leaders was to act as mentors for a group of approximately 10-12 primary school pupils whom they were in charge of for the duration of the event.  The sports leaders were given the responsibility of taking pupils around 6 different activities throughout the day ranging from football to fencing, dance and tennis.  Our St Paul’s Academy pupils revelled in the opportunity of demonstrating their natural leadership skills.  Pupils took charge, motivated the primary school pupils and got totally involved throughout the entire day.  Pupils used this as an opportunity to interact with the primary school children and build upon their own skills and confidence.  Pupils also gained a greater knowledge and appreciation for the role that a teacher must play and how each pupils needs must be catered for.

Each pupil excelled in their role and were fantastic ambassadors for St Paul’s Academy.  The event organisers, volunteers and primary school teachers and staff in attendance praised our pupils’ efforts endlessly throughout the day, commenting on their enthusiasm, good manners and leadership skills.  Pupils demonstrated that they have the capability of leading both on and off the sports field and should be highly commended.  Well done to all of our Year 8 and 9 Sports Leaders who were involved in the event, all of whom are named below:

Year 8

  • Fitzpatrick Urrea
  • David Ozobia
  • Samuel Osei
  • George Zulke
  • Mira Umelue
  • Alex Barnes
  • Eberechi Paul
  • Elizabeth Oke
  • Destiny Oladipo

Year 9

  • Breanna Thompson
  • Micky Ashong
  • Laurette Kedze
  • Daniel Eaton
  • Tony Wadajo
  • Lora Umelue
  • Kareem Isiaka
  • Jennifer Ogunfunmilade
  • Verona Okine
  • Stephen Ola-On
  • Lennox Ogodo

U14 Girls' Football team are Kent County Champions

St Paul's Academy recorded a fantastic 2-0 win over Rainham SFG to secure the Kent U14 Cup for the first time in the school’s history.

St. Paul’s opened the brightest of the two sides, and in the 10th minute Oke hit the post after a penetrating run through the centre of the Rainham defence. Micky had the best opportunity for St Paul’s when a free kick flashed just wide of the post, and shortly after the impressive Mary Grace went on a great run before the defence crowded her out.

St. Paul’s then went close with two efforts from Jennifer and Mary Grace, and but for the superb Rainham goalkeeper, St. Paul's could have been out of site.  St. Paul’s ended the half the better with Elizabeth Oke flashing a long distance free-kick just wide.

The second half began in the best possible fashion for St. Paul's scoring their first goal after 30 seconds, after Mary Grace made a storming run down the left flank, crossing the ball into the box which wasn't dealt with properly and resulted in an own goal.

The second half saw both sides really going for it and Natalie and Elizabeth began to pull the strings in midfield. However St. Paul’s were shading both possession and goal scoring chances.  St. Paul’s put the icing on the cake 13 minutes from time when Laurette's ball in wasn’t dealt with by Rainham, allowing Micky to pounce and fire the loose ball home to seal the victory and put the game out of reach for Rainham.

Ultimately, St. Paul's Academy were very comfortable in the closing stages of the game, keeping the Rainham team contained in their own half and not allowing them any opportunity to breach the St. Pauls defence.

Congratulations to all the girls involved. We have had a fantastic year which has seen us win the double! Mr. Bingham and I are beyond proud of our girls. They have brought the profile of girls football to another level at St Paul’s. Bring on next season!

Judy Buckley & Joe Bingham

London Youth Games: Year 7 Sportshall Athletics Competition

Having successfully battled through the Greenwich borough rounds and the regional rounds at the Olympic Park’s Copper Box, both our year 7 boys’ and girls’ Sportshall Athletics Teams secured well-deserved places at the 2015 London Youth Games competition.

Pupils had been training hard on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in preparation for the event which took place at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Tuesday 24th March. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were outstanding throughout the day, not only in their display of sporting talent, but also in their behaviour and conduct – a true asset to the school.

The girls’ team faced tough competition from 7 other schools, but remained focused and driven despite all but one of the athletics team competing in the LYG Netball competition on the same morning!! Regardless of this, our girls maintained their passion to succeed and pushed on to come fourth overall in the competition.

Trying to follow in the victorious footsteps of our last two years at LYG Sportshall competitions, the boys’ team were determined not to be beaten and achieve the ‘three-peat’ they had been training so hard for. Even though they were up against phenomenal talent from 7 other schools, the boys got the gold they were so desperate to achieve and were crowned champions of London.

The pupils’ skill level has gone from strength to strength so far this year, and these achievements are a testament to the tremendous amount of hard work they have put in to training both before and after school. The future looks extremely bright for these young athletes!!

Congratulations to all pupils involved – bring on the summer season!

Miss Stone

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

As part of the St Paul’s Academy vInspired Volunteer initiative, four of our Student Ambassadors were selected to represent St Paul’s Academy at the vInpspired Student Ambassador Conference on Thursday 26th March in Whitechapel, London.  David Ozobia (Year 8), Eberechi Paul (Year 8), Moshood Azeez (Year 11) and Riana Morrison-Kirnon (Year 11) accompanied Miss Duffy to the event were it was hoped that pupils would gain a greater insight into the world of volunteering, helping to inspire them to motivate and encourage other young people to get involved.

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

This conference was an opportunity for staff and Student Ambassadors to network and enjoy interactive training and workshops.  Pupils got the opportunity to hear from Tony Gallagher (Ofsted) about the impact volunteering has on students and how it can be embedded to support Ofsted framework requirements. 

Pupils also got the chance to share experiences and ideas on creating volunteering opportunities with other like-minded young people.  Pupils listened intently to guest speakers such as David McQueen, an international speaker, awards host, facilitator and TV presenter who works with some of the top companies in the private and third sector.  Pupils were inspired by his experiences and stories as well as the way he was instantaneously able to capture and maintain the attention of his audience.  Pupils also heard from young entrepreneur Bejay Mulenga who they spoke with at length about his journey through school and then into the world of work and enterprise. 

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

Pupils were given the opportunity to work with pupils from other schools, most of whom were in sixth form and share and exchange their ideas and experiences of volunteering and their own personal visions for the future. Students looked at leadership and communication skills and how their volunteering work could help them when they go to apply to university or for jobs.  Pupils were afforded the chance to develop their own community project which they would like to set up in their local community or school.  Our SPA students decided that the issues that they wanted to tackle most were anti-social behaviour and stereotyping. 

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

Pupils planned their project and then pitched their idea to a panel of judges.  The organisers and vInspired volunteers on the day were so taken back and impressed with our pupils that they would like them to apply for a £500 grant to help fund their project. 

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

All four pupils should be congratulated for the level of maturity, passion and enthusiasm that they demonstrated on the day.  All pupils were fantastic ambassadors for St Paul’s Academy and should be highly commended for the manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the day. 

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

It was clearly evident how enthused and inspired all pupils were by their experiences and it is very exciting to see what these four future superstars will do in the near future; watch this space!  If anyone would like to get involved in the vInspired volunteer programme please see Miss Duffy or likewise please check out our personalised website on:

London Youth Games: Year 7 Netball Competition

Recently being crowned Year 7 Greenwich School’s Netball Tournament champions secured our talented Year 7 Netball team at St Paul’s Academy a place at the inaugural London Youth Games competition; an exciting opportunity for our pupils to represent both SPA and the Greenwich Borough at this prestigious competition. 

London Youth Games – Year 7 Netball Competition

Pupils travelled to the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace on Tuesday 24th March to take their place as one of the 33 competing London Boroughs in the Year 7 Netball competition.

London Youth Games – Year 7 Netball Competition

With 6 out of our 7 first team players also competing in the Sportshall athletics competition on the same day, ensuring pupils were focused and prepared, both physically and mentally for each of their matches was not going to be an easy feat.  Despite this, our strong SPA Year 7 team started the competition well and although losing their first two games 3-2 and 2-1 they definitely showed their high levels of skill and competitive spirit, proving that they deserved their place in this competition.  After a tough morning of competitive fixtures, our girls made it through to the group games in the afternoon session of the competition. 

London Youth Games – Year 7 Netball Competition

Here they won two out of their three games, beating Hammersmith 2-1 and Southwark 5-1 in their final group game.  Overall a magnificent performance by an extremely talented, committed and driven team who are continuing to progress week in and week out.  Pupils will have to wait to hear from the competition organisers to find out what position they finished overall but a valiant performance throughout all games was clearly evident.  Pupils demonstrated excellent teamwork and individual performances on the day with umpires and coaches from other boroughs commented on the talent of our pupils. 

London Youth Games – Year 7 Netball Competition

Pupils gained a tremendous amount of valuable experience from taking part in this competition.  All of this bodes extremely well for the future of netball at St Paul’s Academy, especially as the girls aim to compete in the Kent competitions next season.  We wish the girls every success in their remaining Greenwich League fixtures and are excited about what they can achieve in the future.  Well done girls!

Miss Duffy


Girls’ netball at St Paul’s Academy is continuing to go from strength to strength as all teams remain unbeaten in their Greenwich School’s League games to date.  This is testament to the tremendous amount of hard work the girls are putting in to committing to training three plus times a week, including early morning training sessions. 

Our Year 7 A team have enjoyed great success in winning the Year 7 Greenwich School’s netball tournament in early March.  Five teams took part from the Greenwich Borough and our girls displayed some exceptional netball skills on the day.  The girls won all of their matches, without even conceding a goal!  Special mention must go to Osayande Eghaghe, Gaby Mubiru and Claudia Bulgaru for playing some brilliant netball on the day. 

As a result of their success, the Year 7 A team have now qualified for the London Youth Games Finals and will represent Greenwich at this prestigious competition on 24th March.  The team is continuing to work hard in preparation for what no doubt will be a great opportunity for the girls to develop their netball skills even further.  Our Year 7 B team also took part in what was their first ever competitive tournament. 

All players did exceptionally well and ended the competition in 3rd place, missing out on 2nd position to Eltham Hill by one point.  Such success bodes extremely well for netball at St Paul’s Academy as the Year 7 A and B, Year 8 and Year 11 netball teams all aim to finish the season as Greenwich School’s Netball League Champions.  We wish the girls every success in their sporting endeavours.

Miss Duffy

St Paul's Academy London Regional Winners

The Trading Standards Institute Young Consumers of the Year Competition is a unique competition for schools and youth groups in England, Scotland and Wales. The competition is organised by the Trading Standards Institute and its Consumer Education Liaison Group; it allows teams of four 14-17 year olds to compete in a knockout consumer quiz. Each team completes an online quiz and the top two scoring schools are selected locally within their borough to participate in a regional final; in this case London. In these events, the best local schools compete in a knock-out knowledge-based quiz in a bid to be crowned ‘Regional Champions’ and represent the school nationally.

Four students from St Paul’s Academy (Nimatu Marah, Tyreece Jacobs, Damian Gorecki and Stpehen Tipper) completed an online quiz to try and gain a place in the Regional Final. Together with Harris Academy Greenwich they were successful in securing a place scoring the highest in the borough with 68 out of 80. The students took part in the regional final on Friday 20th March at City Hall with other local schools that had been successful in securing a place.

The students were successful in their semi-final match, seeing off competition from the previous winners of last year’s competition, St Saviours to go through to the Regional Final (results seen below).

The students continued to excel against Lampton Academy who had two sixth form teams in the final and Islington Police Cadets. Although a closer competition in the earlier rounds, a team-effort between the students and excellent individual performances in the specialist questions led St Paul’s to be crowned London Champions by a 20 point margin. St Paul’s Academy is the first Greenwich school in the history of the competition to be successful to reach the national stages.

The students will now compete against seven other teams from around the UK in a two day event facing eight challenges to be honoured as ‘National Young Consumer Champions’ and the chance to win £1000 for our school. We will wish them well and congratulate them on a job well done so far.

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! is the world’s largest youth speaking event, working with over 18,000 year 10 pupils in 550 state schools in London and Essex each year. Now in its ninth year, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!, working in partnership with Speakers Trust, a UK-wide charity that provides training in confident communication and public speaking, has provided more than 120,000 young people with public speaking training and the chance to take part in the London and Essex-wide competition. Key to the success of the competition are the 37 Regional Finals. In these evening events, the best speakers from local schools deliver their speeches in a bid to be crowned ‘Regional Champion.’

One event takes place in each region/borough across London and Essex, hosted by a local school. Competitors will have between 11/2 and 3 minutes each to deliver a speech on any topic of their choosing, and a panel of high-profile judges from the community will rank speakers based on 3 criteria: Content, Structure and Delivery to decide on a winner, runner-up and a third place finisher. A local VIP (usually the Mayor or MP) presents certificates to all the speakers and the prizes to the top three winners.  These are prestigious events, typically attended by around 100-150 people.

The Greenwich Regional Final will be held on the 25th of March 2015 at St Pauls’ Academy in the evening.


Year 7 -9 Trampolining Competition

On 2nd February, our Year 7-9 Trampolining squad travelled to Harris Academy in Greenwich for their very first competition of the year! The team had been training for months on end to learn and perfect their routines with the help of Miss Caney and our Year 11 Sports Leaders Niah Isles- Broughton and Lee-Andre Audain.

The team were very nervous on the journey down to Harris Academy as this was the first time that any of them had competed against students from another school! As we walked into the Sports Hall at Harris Academy and saw their students warming up on the trampoline, it was clear that we had tough competition! Despite this, our students remained focused and Miss Caney and Miss President reassured them that their hard work and determination to succeed during training was soon to pay off!

Students’ had been selected to compete in either the Novice, Intermediate or Advanced category in the competition and had to perform their solo routine in front of both the judges and the other competitors. They only had one chance to get it right!  Despite the pressure, all competitors rose to the challenge and performed their routines with poise, control and confidence. It was clear that the students’ from Harris Academy had competed before but in the end 4 of our students managed to place! Our St Paul’s winners were:

Laschar Williams (1st Place – Advanced)

Chenade Hennell  ( 2nd Place – Intermediate)

Mechal Kinfat (3rd Place – Novice)

Everyone in the team was excited and encouraged by this result! The team have so much potential and this is a huge step forward for our Trampolining team as we have been waiting for a long time for an opportunity to showcase our skills! We are already looking forward to our next competition!

Trampolining Club runs every Tuesday after school from 3.30-4.30pm so if you think you have what it takes to compete in our team, then please come along!

Congratulations to all those involved. A fantastic first competition!

Miss Caney


Year 7 Sportshall Athletics

In mid-November we welcomed Woolwich Poly and St. Ursula's year 7 and 8 Athletics teams' to compete in a friendly Sportshall Athletics competition. Overall St. Paul's placed first for year 7 and 8 boys, as well as year 7 and 8 girls.


To add to these successes, and following in the footsteps of last year’s Sportshall London Champions, the year 7 boys' and girls' teams have made it through to the semi-finals of the London Youth Games Sportshall competition. The event is due to take place in early March at the Copper Box Arena, Stratford. We wish them the best of luck in the quest for the finals!

Year 7 Lee Valley Indoor Schools Cup

In the final week of half-term, the year 7 athletics teams had their preliminary round for the LVISC. This was the first big competition for our year 7 squads, who were remarkable on the day both in attitude and performance.

Both teams finished in first place, seeing them through to the semi-final in mid-march. There were some first-class performances on the day including Osayande Eghaghe – 1st 60m, Atta Gyedu – 1st 200m, Grace Mbakam-Nitcheu – 1st 60m Hurdles, Max Gayle – 1st 60m, Vera Umelue – 1st 200m,  Phil Makinde – 1st High Jump, Tunde Ajidagba – 1st Shot Putt, Nana Gyedu – 1st Shot Putt and first place for both teams in the 4 x 200m relay - what an impressive set of results for their first competition!

Congratulations to all involved in the year 7 athletics squads.

Miss. Stone

Year 8/9 Indoor Athletics Lee Valley Final
Year 8/9 Indoor Athletics Lee Valley Final

Following in the footsteps of our year 10 and 11 athletics teams’ success, the year 8/9 athletics squads faced tough competition in the preliminary and semi-final rounds, to earn a place in the Lee Valley Indoor Schools Cup finals.

The pupils were excellent throughout the competition, with some outstanding performances by Micky Ashong – 1st 60m Hurdles, Lora Umelue – 1st Shot Putt, Kareem Isiaka – 1st 300m and a win for the boys 4 x 200m relay team.

Overall the boys placed 3rd in the A final and the girls placed 2nd, narrowly missing first place by 1 point in the B final!! Congratulations to all involved in the year 8/9 teams.

 Miss. Stone

Year 10/11 Indoor Athletics Lee Valley Final
Year 10/11 Indoor Athletics Lee Valley Final

The indoor athletics season has got off to a fanatic start for St. Paul's Academy this year. Both the boys' and girls' year 10/11 teams made it to the final of the Lee Valley Indoor Cup.

On Wednesday 15th October the teams travelled to the competition accompanied by Mr. Innocent and Miss. Stone. This was possibly going to be the last athletics competition for the year 11 pupils to participate in with their GCSE exams fast approaching, so they were determined to go out on a high.

Pupils knew they were up against tough competition from schools across London and Essex with the boys going through to the B final and the girls going through to the A final. The pupils put on an outstanding performance with wins in boys 200m (Osas Evbosomon) and Boys 4 x 200m relay (Osas Evbosomon, Nicholas Kama, Sesan Orimolusi and Luke Ndudim), as well as second place for girls 300m (Gemma Mullings), girls 200m (Kirsty Anane), boys 800m (Denola Ayanbule, girls Shot Putt (Anika Olalere), Girls 4 x 200m relay (Micky Ashong, Kirsty Anane, Jennifer Afodume and Shannon Nicolas) and Boys High Jump (Kyle Lazarus).

Overall the boys placed 1st in the B final and the girls placed 3rd in the A final. This is a huge improvement on last year’s results with the girls progressing from the B to the A league for the first time ever in St. Paul’s History, and the boys qualifying for the final.
Congratulations to all involved in the year 10/11 teams.

 Miss. Stone

Netball news

In late October the year 7 and 8 netball squads travelled down to Charles Darwin School in Kent to play some friendly warm-up matches in preparation for their forth coming Greenwich League games. Both teams had been training since the start of the school year and this was the first time many of the year 7 girls had played a full competitive game of netball.

Netball news.

Both squads faced a strong opposition and work tirelessly throughout the games to stay on top. The year 7 game ended with a win for Charles Darwin 10-6, but the 7’s showed great potential for their up and coming games against Greenwich Schools. The year 8 game was extremely close, and the girls were tied after the first quarter. After a tough team talk the girls pulled out all the stops and finished with a 9-5 win, with star shooter Tareh Omajuwa coming into form and scoring 8 out of the 9 goals.

Netball news.

All pupils’ behaviour was exemplary throughout the games and they were a credit to the school.

Netball news.

Netball news.

Congratulations to all girls involved, a brilliant start to the netball season.

Miss Stone

Annual Solemn Requiem Mass

We returned to school after half-term in November, which is the month of Remembrance, we were honoured to be the only school invited to take part in the Annual Solemn Requiem Mass for all Deceased Police Officers.  This invitation came about as a result of the close links we have with the Metropolitan Police, particularly through the Police Liaison Team and The Cadets.  Ms Maestri and Ms Webb took a group of students to Westminster Cathedral for this very poignant occasion. 

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass


Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

A party of players and their families from St Croan's GAA Club in West Roscommon has recently visited the Academy and taken part in a Gaelic football tournament which was organised by Dulwich Harps GAA Club.

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

Alan Grogan, a member of our Mathematics team, is a member of the St Croan's Club and arranged the event. We were delighted to welcome North London Shamrocks and Thomas Mc Curtains Club to take part in the festival of football. There were two tournaments at U12 & U14 level and 100+ players took part with every team playing four games.

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

St Croan's were the winners of the U14 tournament with Dulwich Harps coming runners up; in the U12 event the roles were reversed with Dulwich Harps winning the tournament and St Croan's coming runners up.

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy


Year 8 Boys’ District Cup Winners

On Tuesday 24th March 2015, the year 8 boys’ football team travelled to Biggin Hill to take-on Charles Darwin school in the final of the Bromley District Cup. The final game of the season ended in a 3-1 victory for St Paul’s Academy with Bolagi Williams scoring the opener and Lekan Orimolusi adding two goals in the second half. The trophy was presented to the team captain, David Ozobia with both teams showing great respect for one another after a well contested match. The boys are now hoping to build on this success in September when they will begin the new season as year 9 students. 

Association for Physical Education Quality Mark with Distinction

In November this year the Physical Education Department applied for the AfPE Quality Mark. An award that is given to schools who demonstrate outstanding commitment to improvement in Physical Education and Sport.

We are therefore delighted to announce that the PE department have been awarded the ‘Association for Physical Education Quality Mark with Distinction’, a bench mark and industry standard for high quality teaching and delivery of sport.

The AfPE Quality Mark recognises the outstanding quality of work, endless effort, dedication and passion for physical education and sport at the school. The award ensures that all pupils will be entitled to a high quality statutory physical education curriculum from 5 to 16 years of age. We hope in turn it will raise the profile of the subject and the school, both locally and nationally and will promote the high quality work that is being undertaken on a day to day basis.

As a department we feel that high quality physical education and sport makes a difference to the learning and experiences of all children and young people, both within the subject and more widely across the curriculum.

This is a fantastic achievement for the school, congratulations to all the PE team for their positive efforts and continued hard work. 

Student success at PIXL

In January 2014 St Paul’s began working with Apples and Snakes, the leading performance poetry organisation in Britain. They helped the school to establish a relationship with renowned spoken word poet Joelle Taylor who ran a series of inspirational poetry workshops and assemblies for all year groups.

In May, Joelle held auditions for a poetry team to represent the school at the WORDCUP Final. The WORDCUP celebrates spoken word poetry in schools across the Olympic boroughs. Foyre Jalloh, Nimatu Marah, Maroulla Bradshaw and Alex Tweedale were among the students chosen to be coached by Joelle and Will Tyas (the shadow poet) for 3 months to prepare them for the final.

During an amazing and highly competitive final at Stratford Circus theatre, the St Paul’s team performed their poem, ‘In the Air’, to an audience of teachers, students, poets and artists. They received standing ovations for their performances from both the crowd and the judges and were honoured to be announced as poetry champions on the day. The judges said they were blown away by the team’s beautiful writing, team work and tight performance skills. The team were told that they could easily compete at a national and international level as spoken word artists.

Since the final, the teams have performed on Reprezent FM, at assemblies for all year groups and, most recently, at the PiXL Celebration event at Central Hall in Westminster. They are a hugely talented group of writers and performers that the school is incredibly proud of.

St Paul’s Academy Sports Awards 2014

What a fantastic year across the board for sport it has been at St Paul’s Academy.  We have had some outstanding performances and successes in many of our teams and on Friday 5th September staff and pupils came together to celebrate the many sporting successes of the last academic year.

Saint Paul's Academy Sports Award 2014.

Since becoming an academy, St Paul’s has grown tremendously in terms of sporting prowess and in its reputation for success.  As a result of competing at such a high level, pupils have been afforded the chance to travel and delve into new cultures, as well as experience competition at an elite level.

Throughout the year, teams compete in a range of competitions, tournaments and events across the country.  In recent months, teams have had the opportunity to compete in the Féile Peil na nOg in Ireland and in venues such as the Copper Box Arena in London and the Crystal Palace International Sports Centre.  With the range of activities on offer broadening rapidly, the current extra-curricular clubs provide the pupils with choice and variety.

Staff have worked tirelessly to offer the best extra-curricular opportunities to the pupils of St Paul’s Academy.  At present the school offer throughout the year; Football, Netball, Gaelic Football, Handball, Trampolining, Athletics, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton, Dance, Cricket, Martial Arts and Fitness Club.

Not only have the pupils of the academy presented the Royal Borough of Greenwich, but have also had the opportunity to represent Dulwich Harps, the London Region and compete at National Level in a variety of sporting fields.

Sporting highlights of 2013/2014

Some of the highlights of the last academic year include our Year 7 boys’ football team becoming the first Year 7 team at St Paul’s Academy to win the Kent County Cup, beating Oakwood Grammar School of Maidstone 5-0 as well as making it into the quarter-final of the National Cup.  The Year 7 girls’ netball team were crowned Greenwich Netball Champions and represented the Greenwich Borough in the London Youth Games held at Crystal Palace for the first time.

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

In Gaelic Football, for the first time a group of U14 girls travelled to the North of Ireland on a three day tour with 3 members of the team also getting the chance to represent London in the All-Ireland Gaelic Football Blitz.  A magnificent achievement for a group of girls who only began playing the sport for the first time a few weeks previously.  The boys’ U14 Gaelic Football team recorded their most successful year to date.  This tremendous squad of players conquered all before them in London and in Ireland collecting a grand total of 8 trophies along the way.  In May the team travelled to Ireland on seven-day tour where the boys were unbeaten in all of the seven games that they played.  The two major highlights of the season were winning division 3 at the Féile Peil na nOg competition in Co. Mayo and the Division 1 John Egan Memorial trophy in County Kerry.  The Féile Peil na nOg victory means that the team will now represent South London in division 2 next season when the competition moves to Co. Wexford.

In girls’ football the U16 team won the Bromley Cup for the first time with a 4-0 home victory in the final against Bullers Wood.  The Year 9 boys’ football team were crowned Kent County Champions, beating Oakwood Grammar School of Maidstone in the final.  For the first time, a group of 16 Year 10 girls were selected to represent the Greenwich Borough in the London Youth Games Handball Competition held at the Olympic Copper Box Arena.  With only 6 weeks training behind them, this did not deter the girls and they put in magnificent performances throughout the competition.  The girls made it to the quarter-finals and were only narrowly beaten by a tough Brent team 1-0 in extra-time.  The girls finished 5th overall out of 22nd London Boroughs which is an excellent achievement considering the short amount of time they had to train for the competition.

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

This year saw tremendous success for our girls’ athletics teams in particular.  The Year 8 team were crowned champions of London as well as the Year 8 and 9 girls coming 2nd out of 30 schools in the Lee Valley Outdoor Schools Cup.  The Year 8 girls broke three Lee Valley records in this meet in the 300m, 100m and Year 8 relay.  Four of the girls were also selected to represent the Greenwich Borough for the London Schools competition.  The season finished with all teams attending the Beryl Davis Cup and the Greenwich Schools Athletics Cup, both held at Sutcliffe Park.  There were some outstanding performances on both days with several gold medals taken home.

Our dance department had one of their most successful years to date.  19 of our year 9 students got through two stages of gruelling auditions, resulting in them getting the opportunity to perform at one of London’s most prestigious dance theatres, Sadler’s Wells.  Accompanied by Miss President, Miss Caney and Miss Nelson, pupils travelled across London to begin a day of preparation for the end of year StepLIVE! showcase in July at the prestigious Sadler’s Wells.  Being involved in an event like this and experiencing the inner workings of a professional theatre was an invaluable opportunity and gave our students a real insight into the world of performing arts.  The achievements of pupils this year bodes extremely well for our dance department in the next academic year where they are hoping for even greater success.

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

The Year 8/9 girls’ athletics team were awarded team of the year at the awards ceremony on Friday evening with Mr Donnelly and Mr Maher being voted manager(s) of the year.

The final award of the evening to be presented was ‘The Spirit of Innocent Award’ given to the student who has shown commitment and dedication to sport throughout their time at St Paul’s Academy.  This prestigious award was presented to Septimus Kamara whose attitude and approach towards football and sport at SPA is something that was highly commended.

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

The awards evening highlighted the tremendous work being done by both staff and students across a range of sporting disciplines from local to national and even international level.  The sporting talent of our pupils at St Paul’s Academy is tremendous and it is evident that the school’s sporting ethos of ‘Never give up, never let up’ transcends through everything both staff and pupils do; encapsulating the school’s moto that ‘Losing is not an option’.  The numerous successes of the previous academic year bodes very well for the 2014/2015 sporting season where it is hoped even greater sporting success can be achieved across the board.

Roll of Honour

  Players’ Player Most Improved Managers’ Player
Year 7 Football David Ozobia Brandon Coffi Dafe Orogun
Year 7 Netball Kelsey Curtis Yemi Francis Eberechi Paul
U12 Gaelic Football (Boys) Jeffery Mensah Dayo Oluwasina-Ayomi Samuel Adenola
Year 7 Girls’ Athletics Alex Barnes Mira Umelue Dolapo Lawal
KS3 Basketball Cole Madondo Jamal Talabi Piolo Ravina
U14 Girls’ Gaelic Football Derin Mabifa Gemma Mullings Jennifer Ogunfunmilade
Year 8 Football Nestor Shako Declan Kama Kareem Isiaka
U14 Gaelic Football (Boys) Will Ozono Stephen Ola-Oni Enoch Osei
Girls’ Football Rachel Minvio Laurette Kedze Victoria Ezeanaka
Year 8 Boys’ Athletics Dara Shekoni Declan Kama Kareem Isiaka
Year 8 Girls’ Athletics Micky Ashong Gemma Mullings Mary-Grace Taiwo
Year 9 Football Will Ozono Joe Fadahunsi Sesan Orimolusi
Year 9/10 Girls’ Athletics CJ Emiaso Niah Isles-Broughton Kirsty Anane
Year 10 Netball Jessica-Atu Matola Bukola Francis Abena Opoku
U16 Gaelic Football (Boys)   Mohammed Koroma Derick Sopi-Nyarko
Year 10 Handball (Girls) Jessica-Atu Matola   Kirsty Anae
Year 10 Football Daniel Yaroson Musa Jamal Derik Nyarko
Year 11 Football David Omordia Rafai Corbin Denola Ayanbule

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Summer Sports Scheme

This summer saw a fantastic sports summer scheme take place at St Paul’s Academy which provided children between the ages of 5 and 11 with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sport and physical activities.

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Catering for the youth of the community, this scheme took place over 3 weeks, from 9:30am to 2:30pm each day.  Children were coached by members of St Paul’s PE Department who were also assisted by the school’s sports leaders Sports leaders were always on hand to help ensure the smooth delivery of the programme.  During this time, the children were exposed to a variety of different sports that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience.  Such activities include badminton, tennis, cricket, rounders, trampolining, tag rugby, Gaelic football and athletics to name but a few. These team sports helped the kids to forge new friendships, develop their communication and team work skills as well as improve their health and overall well-being which is crucial.  

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Not only did the young people of the community benefit from engaging in this scheme but current pupils of St Paul’s Academy were also given the opportunity to enhance both their personal and professional skills.  A core group of Year 10 and 11 pupils were on hand each day for the duration of the 3 weeks to help assist with coaching the young people who attended the scheme.  In doing so they were able to enhance their own personal communication, teamwork and leadership skills while at the same time continuing to enhance their CVs.  One pupil, Christopher Kudehinbu stated:

“As a sports leader I took this chance as a way to better my leadership skills and decided to help out in the running of this scheme. My role was to help the PE department in coaching and assisting them in running the activities. In summary this year’s summer sports scheme was a great and entertaining event that everyone relished and enjoyed.”

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It was clearly evident to see the benefits that can be gained by working in close collaboration with each other and utilising valuable resources to help engage more young people in sport and physical activity within our community.

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Sport Specialism

Young boy seen walking from the back in green Football gear.

Learning outside the classroom

Sport at the Academy is the catalyst for an enriching and stimulating learning experience. Engaging with our extended communities through sport is a magnificent enhancement to our unique education.

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Enterprise Specialism

Advent Charity Appeal 2010 Sponsored Run.

Creating a 'can do' attitude

Creating a 'can do' attitude Enterprise Education is fundamental to Saint Paul's Academy's development, allowing students to develop different skills, which will enhance their potential in later life.

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