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St Catherines Preparatory School

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Classics and thinking skills (based on De Bono’s Thinking Hats theory) are taught in the upper prep alongside French and Latin. Classrooms are buzzy yet orderly. Girls respectfully listen to each other’s points in a year 5 English lesson, while in the WonderLab - the prep’s dedicated science space - girls are stood on tables dropping spinners with squeals of delight as they learn about air resistance. Science is big here and...

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What the school says...

St Catherine’s school is situated in the village of Bramley, which is 3 miles south of Guildford and has fast train connections to London. Girls in the Prep School benefit immeasurably from the world-class facilities of the Senior School, including the extensive grounds, 25m indoor pool, Sports Hall, dance studio, magnificent auditorium and 19th Century chapel. Girls from age 4 engage in a full and varied curriculum which includes music, IT, ballet, and sport delivered by dedicated specialist teachers.
The school provides excellent pastoral care. Naomi Bartholomew, the Headmistress, comments that ‘the outstanding relationships which are built between the girls and their teachers are key to the success, both academic and personal, of the girls’.
Our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen Consort said on a recent visit, ‘You are all extremely lucky to be at such a wonderful school.’
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Since 2012, Naomi Bartholomew MA BEd Cantab, previously deputy head and before that head of English at Yately Manor. Educated at Portsmouth High School and read English and education at Homerton College, Cambridge. Spent two years in south west China with the VSO, then taught in state and independent primary schools.

We meet her in her spacious, homely office which is packed to the brim with children’s art, books and cuddly toys. There are three doorways - one that leads straight into the staff room and another to reception, plus the large glass doors that open out onto prep playground. It is here, in this doorway, that we spot a basket of Paddington Bear paraphernalia. ‘I always put a topical talking point at my playground window to draw the girls...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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