Why St Catherine’s Prep School is the Ideal Choice for Your Child

    St Catherine's Prep School headteacher with pupils

    Located in Bramley, near Guildford, St Catherine’s Prep School is a happy school with high expectations

    St Catherine’s Prep School is a place that provides a range of outstanding opportunities both in and out of the classroom. The staff here encourage a love of learning in an environment where the art of creative thinking is taught, along with self-reliance.

    Supported by strong Christian values, girls acquire self-respect, and show courtesy and consideration for others. The girls are also fully prepared to move onto their senior schools – including St Catherine’s senior division – and their education is treated as an important partnership between home and school, with shared aims and aspirations.

    St Catherine’s Pre-Prep

    Pre-Prep marks the beginning of a child’s school life,  and St Catherine’s prides itself on establishing key foundations in both social and academic learning.  A child who is happy, confident and feels secure within their environment will learn and flourish.

    Class sizes are small, with 16 children in Reception and 18 in Years One and Two, and with highly-qualified teachers, every child receives the support they need to reach their full potential.

    The school aims to give pupils the capacity and chance to develop as an individual, and its priority is to provide a positive learning experience where self-respect and independence are encouraged. Staff at St Catherine’s foster an ‘I can’ approach, and encourage the girls to develop an awareness of others and a polite, kind and helpful attitude.

    What are the facilities at St Catherine’s like?

    The pre-prep girls benefit immeasurably from the fabulous facilities of the senior school, including the extensive grounds, indoor swimming pool, sports hall, gymnasium, dance studio, magnificent auditorium and 19th century chapel.

    All the girls engage in a full and varied curriculum, which includes music, ballet, computing and sport, all delivered by dedicated specialist teachers who add value to their learning.  There are also opportunities during the year for the girls to celebrate and share their achievements, such as assemblies, Sports Day, Spring Chapel Service and the Christmas Nativity.

    St Catherine's Prep School girls

    These experiences help the children to build a large bank of happy memories that inform and shape their education in the broadest possible sense.  This is something the school prides itself on.

    Christian values at St Catherine’s Prep School

    St Catherine’s Prep School bases its education on strong Christian values, and the chapel is at the heart of the school.  Everyone strives to be the best they can be, and the girls celebrate each other’s successes, recognising their own strengths and achievements.

    The school also provides outstanding pastoral care.  The relationships that are built between the girls and their teachers are key to the success, both academic and personal, of the girls.  Together, the staff ensure that St Catherine’s girls have a sense that there is nothing that they can’t go on to achieve.

    Get a taster of St Catherine’s Prep School

    Reception Taster Afternoon for 4+ Entry 2019

    Friday 4 October, 1.30pm to 2.45pm

    If you’re looking for a Reception place for your daughter for September 2020, visit the school for a fun-filled afternoon with a range of art and craft activities. This is an opportunity for you and your daughter to spend time in the Reception classrooms, meet the teachers, current parents and other families looking to join St Catherine’s.

    St Catherine's Prep School building

    Tours of the school during the afternoon will give you the opportunity to see the girls in action on a busy school day, and there will be a short questions and answers session with our Headmistress, Naomi Bartholomew at 2.30pm.

    If you’d like to book a place or require further information, email prepschool.office@stcatherines.info or call Sally Manhire, the Prep School Registrar on 01483 899665.

    Attend an open morning at St Catherine’s Prep School

    Thursday 17th October 2019, Friday 15th November 2019, or Friday 7th February 2020. Find out more here.

    For further information about St Catherine’s Prep School, visit stcatherines.info.

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