St Catherine's School, Bramley
|Motto||Let us go on|
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headmistress||Mrs Alice Phillips|
|Chaplain||Rev’d Dr Benjamin McNair Scott|
|Head of Prep School||Miss Naomi Bartholomew|
|DfE URN||125320 Tables|
St Catherine's School is an independent girls' school in the village of Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey, England. The school is divided into a senior school, for ages 11–18, and a preparatory school for girls aged 4–11.
St Catherine's School opened in 1885 with seventeen pupils, most of whom were boarders. Miss Susan Burnett was the founding headmistress. The school was founded during a time when various movements within the Church of England and other Christian denominations were pushing for more freedom for women, especially in matters such as participating in services and in education. St Catherine's was among a handful of schools founded by Church of England bishops. Founder Harold Browne, Bishop of Winchester, was a supporter of the "deaconess movement".
A notable feature of the campus is the chapel, which was completed in 1894 and is known for its Kempe stained glass windows and the 1899 Father Willis organ. In September 2011 the school celebrated 125 years of education for girls and young women and in July 2011 it marked the opening of the 125th Anniversary Halls, a new set of facilities for sports and the arts.
The school is academically strong, and consistently sends its pupils to Oxbridge.
Academic scholarships are offered for entry at 11+ and for year 11 and/or sixth form, alongside additional awards for excellence in art, sport, and music.
The girls take part in a wide range of sports, including netball, tennis, swimming, and lacrosse. The school has four lacrosse pitches and a number of courts for netball and tennis. In the Preparatory School, hockey is played.
The school hosts a variety of creative arts, with the students regularly taking part in art, textiles, design technology, home economics, drama and music lessons.
All pupils, both day girls and boarders, are assigned to one of the six houses. The houses compete in Inter-House competitions throughout the year. Boarders make up around a quarter of its pupils while day girls from Guildford and other towns in Surrey make up around three-quarters of the school.
- Russell Baker
There are four boarding houses at the school which are Bronte, Symes, Keller and a separate house for the Sixth Form.
As a Church of England school, pupils attend chapel weekly and actively participate in the service. Some pupils sing in the Guildford Cathedral girls' choir. The school began offering organ scholarships in 2006 to encourage more girls to participate in church music.
Notable former pupils
- U. A. Fanthorpe - poet
- Isabel Hardman - Political Journalist, Assistant Editor of The Spectator
- Ann Hogarth - puppeteer
- Davina McCall - television presenter
- Dianna Melrose - British Ambassador to Cuba (2008-2012) and High Commissioner to Tanzania (2013-)
- Joan Shenton - broadcaster
- Juliet Stevenson - stage, film and television actress
- Francine Stock - journalist and radio presenter
- Philippa Stroud, Baroness Stroud - Conservative peer
- Barbara Euphan Todd - children's writer
- Dorothy Tutin - stage, film and television actress
- Lily Travers - film actress
- Poppy Drayton - film and television actress
- Lucy Watson - star of Made in Chelsea
- "History". stcatherines.info.
- "Staff List 2016-2017". stcatherines.info.
- Howarth, Janet (2006). "The Church of England and Women's Higher Education, c.1840–1914". In Ghosh, Peter; Goldman, Lawrence. Politics and Culture in Victorian Britain: Essays in Memory of Colin Matthew. Oxford University Press. p. 153-170.
- "Chapel". stcatherines.info.
- St Catherine's School Homepage/Scholarships
- "Houses". stcatherines.info.
- "Girls at the organ". Church Times. 2 Nov 2006.
- "HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to be the Patron of St Catherine’s School, Bramley". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- Jane Phillips, ‘Hogarth, Ann (1910–1993)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, 2004 accessed 10 Feb 2017