History of St Paul’s
The project was founded in 1994, occupying the current site, St Paul’s, a previously derelict church, at the junction of Essex and St Paul’s Roads in Islington from 1995. The original intention was to restore the building as a home for a Steiner School and a resource committed to lifelong learning for the local community.
From the beginning the community of parents and interested individuals have focused firstly on making the building windproof and watertight and then on maximising the space. Each year a new classroom has been built and in 2007 the first students graduated from Class VIII to go on to complete their education at local state schools or other Steiner Schools around the country. This has all been achieved through the commitment and energy of families and volunteers who have donated their time and skills to complete work valued at over £1 million. Funds for further specialist restoration works have been raised by the community and delivered by contractors.
The School currently provides services to around 160 families through inclusive school, kindergarten and parent & child group schemes. St Paul’s has a unique location between some of the most exclusive homes in London and some of the most troubled and deprived estates. St Paul’s is situated on the borders of Hackney and Islington and 70% of the school’s users come from these boroughs.
The Community Resource has been developed in tandem with the school. The large and beautiful nave provides an outstanding space and has hosted a variety of activities. It has developed a programme of events and workshops that include fairs, markets, theatrical productions, dance and music. The building is also used for a variety of other community needs including evening classes and meetings.