Founded as both a boarding and day school for girls in 1885, the blending of these two aspects of school life into one happily integrated community is part of what makes St Catherine’s. Academic results place us comfortably within the list of premier girls’ boarding schools in the UK.
The curriculum ensures breadth and variety. A level success allows our Sixth Formers go to their chosen universities in the UK and worldwide. Bramley village is set in the heart of the attractive Surrey countryside and under an hour from Heathrow and Gatwick, so no long journeys at the start and end of terms.
St Catherine’s weekend boarding programme has been singled out for particular praise; from cultural excursions to theatres, museums and galleries to theme parks, the seaside, Christmas markets and culturally interesting cities such as London, Bath, Winchester and Windsor. Boarders enjoy light, bright dormitories and common rooms, and are looked after by dedicated, professional boarding staff, most teachers themselves. The Sixth Form are looking forward to moving into their brand new boarding house in 2020. The Anniversary Halls sports and performing arts complex, opened by our patron, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, houses a sports hall, gymnasium and fitness suite, swimming pool and superb auditorium for concerts and theatrical productions. Numerous choirs, orchestras, bands and ensembles represent only some of the musical groups girls enjoy. Musicians benefit from superb acoustics and a full orchestra pit. Girls enjoy ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance lessons in our own professional dance school. Art, chess, debating, sailing, equestrianism, young enterprise, community projects, charity fund‐raising and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme feature in a long list of extra‐curricular activities, which enhance the girls’ profiles and build character.
At St Catherine’s, girls grow and develop at their own pace, not one dictated by others. At girls’ schools, girls achieve better examination results, and also have many more leadership opportunities. Girls do particularly well in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We educate girls to see themselves as future leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs, creators and influencers. St Catherine’s girls have ready access to a truly global network of invaluable careers’ advice, work experience and internships. St Catherine’s offers an unforgettable education for every girl.