The school is committed to being at the cutting edge educationally.
This has meant pursuing not only success in the NSW School Certificate (SC) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) courses, but also in the International Baccalaureate (IB), which St Paul’s first offered as a Diploma course in 1990, the second school in NSW to do so.
In 2002, St Paul’s became the first school in NSW to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), as well as the NSW Board of Studies courses leading to the NSW School Certificate. Kindergarten to Year 6 classes pursue the PYP; and Year 7 to Year 10 follow the MYP. By the time students reach Year 10, then, assuming their choices of subjects are wide enough, they can be double credentialled, having received both a NSW School Certificate and an IB MYP Certificate.
In Years 11 and 12, students have the option of pursuing either the IB Diploma or the NSW Higher School Certificate. Both qualify students for tertiary institutions in Australia and the IB Diploma provides students with access to overseas universities, students having gone to Cambridge University in England and MIT in the USA. The results of these two programs have been encouraging. A number of students each year achieve UAIs above 99, and few fail to achieve their reasonable expectations at such institutions as TAFE. and university. Students have qualified for and succeeded at the most selective universities in Australia and at such overseas universities as Oxford and Cambridge.
St Paul’s has had considerable success in its NSW SC, HSC and IB Diploma assessment results. It has also achieved well in nation-wide competitions in Science, Geography, History, Chinese and Mathematics. Acceleration of students where appropriate means that they can move one or two years ahead of their peers in single or a number of subjects. Vocational education in construction, information technology and hospitality onsite and business services, child care and retail offsite are provided.
Apart from the performing arts achievements, there are literature workshops, and HSC Major Works and IB Art/Design.