About Freemasonry

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.


Freemasonry has always been about making good men better. Individuals aim to shape their lives round five core principles.

Integrity: We say what we mean and we keep our promises.

Kindness: Although our families come first, we believe in playing a key role in our communities and give time and money to charitable ventures.

Honesty: We pride ourselves on openness, about what being a Freemason means for us.

Fairness: We treat everyone as equal – we listen to others, explore any differences and look for common ground.

Tolerance: We respect the opinions of others and behave with understanding towards them.

Is Freemasonry For Me?

Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby, having fun. For members of the Old Pauline Lodge, Freemasonry is our connection to the school.

If you have a general interest in Freemasonry, the United Grand Lodge of England website is a useful resource, as is the Metropolitan Grand Lodge.

How do I become a Freemason?

All members of the Old Pauline Lodge must have attended our School or have been members of the staff. If you meet these requirements and are interested, contact us for further information and an informal meeting with one of our members.