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St Catherine’s, Bramley

SENIOR SCHOOL


Welcome to St Catherine’s Welcome to our Senior School Prospectus, a series of snapshots of life at St Catherine’s, Bramley. I hope these convey the vitality and focus of this happy and purposeful school community, where hard work and fun go hand in hand. At St Catherine’s, young women develop confidence and style, poise and compassion, emerging ready to rise, not only to the challenges that the modern world presents, but also capable of offering much in return. An emphasis on responsibility for themselves and for others is a key part of the School’s ethos. Underpinning everything, a strong and supportive House system creates a very special St Catherine’s sense of belonging in which each girl feels supported and valued. For girls who board, their boarding houses become a home from home. St Catherine’s leavers go on to pursue the widest possible range of courses at leading universities or colleges in the UK and worldwide. We hope that they have been prepared to lead full and happy lives, feeling confident to

make decisions about family and career and, above all, believing that there is nothing that a woman cannot do. Above all, St Catherine’s is a school where staff and girls work closely together creating unforgettable memories which help forge strong links between our active alumnae community and the School. The St Catherine’s Association, to which all girls and staff belong, provides a careers and social network for life. A prospectus can only give you a flavour of what a school is like. Our website offers further glimpses of life at St Catherine’s, but a visit will allow you to experience so much more. Most importantly, it will offer our students a chance to show you why they are proud to call themselves St Catherine’s girls. I very much look forward to welcoming you to St Catherine’s.

Mrs Alice Phillips - Headmistress St Catherine’s School

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“... single sex education. ‘There’s no competition, no arguments and you can be relaxed and focused on the important things,’ says a pupil.” TATLER EDUCATION GUIDE

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“I was almost totally unaware of the potential I had when I first arrived here. Encouragement from my teachers definitely helped to motivate me further. They have made a huge difference to my academic studies. I appreciate their support more than they know.� SIXTH FORM LEAVER

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“Success relies on traditional good teaching alongside the best that modern IT can offer – and keen to keep abreast of all that is innovative and helpful.” THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE

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“Pastoral care is excellent, based on the mutual respect between pupils and staff and the teachers’ very good knowledge and understanding of their pupils.” INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS’ INSPECTORATE

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“Are they happy? Brimming over with happiness, I should say. The House system, with a myriad of inter-House competitions, is great fun, they enthuse. ‘You’re all part of a big community,’ says one of the girls.” SCHOOL HOUSE MAGAZINE

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“St Catherine’s is a very friendly school and there are so many opportunities to make friends, it happens without you realising it.” CURRENT PUPIL

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“St Catherine’s has proved that a school can be much more than a school, and for want of a better phrase, I can honestly say it was more of a home.” RECENT FORMER BOARDING PUPIL

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“Pupils report that boarding has helped immensely with their development of their own self-confidence and esteem.” INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS’ INSPECTORATE

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“A ‘busy’ school. Music, dance and performing arts particularly shine. Lively art in many media. A ton of music on tap and standards are high - over 600 individual lessons are taught every week…The list of ballet/dance lessons available at school is as long as your arm.” THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE

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“I have loved being a member of so many orchestras, bands and choirs. It would be impossible to condense seven years of memories into a paragraph, but particular highlights have included the Choir and Camerata tours to Austria and Sweden, singing Evensong in Winchester Cathedral, and playing the saxophone with the Band of the Welsh Guards.� CURRENT PUPIL

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“Even if you don’t think you are particularly dramatic, through the facilities in our auditorium, you can learn technical theatre which may spark another new passion.” CURRENT PUPIL

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“Excellent sports facilities…… lots of opportunities for those less than Olympian in their prowess. The Olympians regularly reach the heights – county and national finals places in several sports and stellar showings in swimming, lacrosse and tennis.” THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE

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“The school community is made up of a wonderful mix of families from all walks of life.” “Girls raise heaps for charity, and praise the leadership opportunities as they rise up the school.” PARENTS QUOTED BY TATLER EDUCATION GUIDE

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“Pupils’ spiritual awareness is excellent. The Chapel is at the heart of the school community and helps pupils to develop strong Christian values and to consider their own faith.” INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS’ INSPECTORATE

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“St Catherine’s does a wonderful job of nurturing confident, well rounded and balanced young women. They are clearly very happy throughout their years at St Catherine’s.” CURRENT PARENT

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“I’m so delighted to be part of the St Catherine’s Association with pupils, parents and staff both past and present. It’s wonderful to be welcomed back and to know one never really leaves this vibrant and happy school community.” FORMER PARENT

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“I owe such a huge part of who I am now to St Cat’s. Never once during the years I spent at school was it suggested that being a woman might hold me back from following my dreams and aspirations. It is that strength - that outlook - that has guided me through my career.” FORMER PUPIL

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Nikki Henderson (2011 alumna) - youngest ever skipper - Round the World Clipper Race 2018

Isabel Hardman (2004 alumna) - political journalist and Assistant Editor of The Spectator


“If you want convincing that girls-only education is the right and modern way for your bright and motivated daughter, go and look. This is as good as it gets.” THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE

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‘Let us go on ...’

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Bramley, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0DF | 01483 899609 | admissions@stcatherines.info

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St Catherine's Senior School Prospectus 2018  

St Catherine's Senior School Prospectus 2018