St Catherine's School, Twickenham

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St Catherine's School
Motto Latin: Non Verba Sed Facta
"Not Words, but Deeds"
Established 1914
Type Independent day school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmistress Sister Paula Thomas
Chair of Governors Edward Sparrow
Founders Sisters of Mercy
Location Cross Deep
51°26′35″N 0°19′50″W / 51.443101°N 0.330690°W / 51.443101; -0.330690Coordinates: 51°26′35″N 0°19′50″W / 51.443101°N 0.330690°W / 51.443101; -0.330690
Local authority Richmond upon Thames
DfE number 318/6008
DfE URN 102936 Tables
Students 383
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18
Colours Blue     

St Catherine's School is a Catholic independent school for girls in Twickenham, London. The school is next to the River Thames and about one kilometre from both Strawberry Hill and Twickenham railway stations.


Founded in a large house near Twickenham Green, St Catherine's then moved to Orford Lodge (now demolished) and in 1919 to Pope's Villa, on the site of Alexander Pope's original villa. By 1961 it was recognised by the Ministry of Education as a grammar school. In 1948 the school bought a house on Cross Deep known as The Lawn, where it is currently located.[1][2]

Up until 1991 the school was home to a number of Sisters who were also members of the staff. They moved out and the school became a charitable trust managed by lay persons in 1992. It is the only independent Roman Catholic girls' school in the Richmond area and is located in the Archdiocese of Westminster.[3] It remains a Roman Catholic foundation but takes students of all religious affiliations. It has a preparatory school (entry typically at age 3) and a senior school (entry at age 11). Nearly one third of the pupils are of minority ethnic groups, but more than ninety per cent of the pupils have English as a first language.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Dirk Bogarde

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Catholic Church of St James, Pope's Grove, Twickenham: Year Book 1961 p 3
  2. ^ History of St Catherine's School
  3. ^ Archdiocese of Westminster Inspection Report

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