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Games important - a bit jolly lacrosse sticks - and more inclusive than in the past. Lots of opportunities for those less than Olympian in prowess - ‘I’m on the fourth lacrosse team!’ a girl told us brightly (there are nine all together) [THis is tricky. There aren't 9 teams. There are A,B,C and D at Year 7-9 level, 3 at year 10 level and then 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and occasionally even 5th at senior (year 11-13) level. WHich is a huge number at that level compared to almost all other schools.] SCAGS - tracking tests for every subject every term - keep the flames licking at the girls’ heels in the years leading up to GCSEs. ‘Lovely dedicated staff,’ universally praised...

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Meet St Catherine's School at the Independent Schools Show 2018, Stand 305

What the school says...

St Catherines, Bramley, provides an all-round, outstanding education for girls in an environment where there is no embarrasserine's welcomes both boarders and day pupils.
A well- established House system encourages fosters friendships and offers leadership opportunities. The vast majority of leavers secure their first choice universities including Oxbridge.
A raft of extra curricular activities ensure girls enjoy a genuinely all-round education.- Art, Drama, Music and Sport flourish, enhanced by access to superb on-site facilities.
St Catherine's is located in Bramley, 3 miles south of Guildford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are within an hour of central London by train and convenient for both Heathrow and Gatwick International Airports.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2000, Alice Phillips MA Cantab (50s). Educated at Kendal High School, then read English at Cambridge. First teaching post was at the Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth, where she rose to be head of English. Thence to deputy headship at Tormead in 1993. Understands young people. As a boarding school brat - Mrs Phillips’ father was a housemaster at Sedbergh - she 'grew up with 68 surrogate brothers and four natural ones'.

Mrs Phillips impresses at once as being full of brisk common sense, good humour and get-up-and-go. But she is also super-bright, super-articulate and super-focused on the highest of standards for her staff, her charges and herself. ‘She is utterly determined for her girls,’ one mother told us. And this blazes forth in her dedication to the job of...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

All girls are screened shortly after entry to the school to help identify any extra provision they may require. This enables all members of staff to accommodate each girl's particular strengths and weaknesses. Should it be deemed necessary, on consultation with parents, the School is able to provide individual support for pupils. This support is closely monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. Nov 09.

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

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