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Academic focus gradually ratchets up as girls approach 11. iPads compulsory in years 5 and 6, with parents voicing the usual pros (they’ve gained so many skills!) and cons (they’re addicted!). Immense range of clubs from construction to knitting to music tech helps augment the shortish school day. 'Girls need to stay for after school activities if they want the full education the school offers'...

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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, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, said on a recent visit, ‘You are all extremely lucky to be at such a wonderful school.’
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Headmistress

Since 2012, Naomi Bartholomew MA BEd Cantab (40s) who was educated at Portsmouth High School and went on to read English and education at Homerton College, Cambridge. She spent two years in south west China with the VSO, then taught in state and independent primary schools. Five years as head of English at Yateley Manor was followed by the deputy headship at St Catherine’s in 2009. We previously called her 'calm, clever and warm'. Think Miss Honey, if Miss Honey were the extremely effective head of top girls’ prep. Smiles start here, with the head, and radiate down through the charming head of the pre-prep to the teachers to the girls. Or maybe it’s the other way round. Either way, what a lot of smiles!

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Roughly 50 applicants for 32 places at 4+. A few...

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