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‘Lovely dedicated staff,’ universally praised. A sense that all girls can fit in and do well here – whatever their aptitudes, enthusiasms, personality – something to which all parents we spoke to attested. SCAGS - tracking tests for every subject every term - keep the flames licking at the girls’ heels in the years leading up to GCSEs. ‘They let you see where you are within your year,’ a girl told us earnestly. Games important - a bit jolly lacrosse sticks - and more inclusive than in the past...

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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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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 with mild conditions, and indeed any girl who needs support, in the form of study skills lessons, for which there is an additional charge. In addition to individual lessons, students are able to attend Subject Clinics during the week, for which there is no charge, where they can seek help from a teacher for a specific topic they may find challenging. Our students have access to a range of electronic resources too, and use iPads to access information through Google Classroom. This enables teachers and students to adapt the resources to their specific need, i.e. enlarging a font and/or changing the colour of the page. We do our best to provide for all girls in our care within the classroom environment and do not have additional Learning Support Assistants within the classroom. St Catherine’s School is a vibrant school; the girls experience a busy but dynamic education at the school and their days are filled not only with academic learning but extra-curricular activities too.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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 Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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