St Catherine's School, Bramley, is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 -18. Founded in 1885, the school enjoys over a century of tradition and prides itself on its own very special blend of academic excellence and pastoral care.
About the school
St Catherine’s is one of the country’s most successful independent girls’ schools, conveniently situated near the Surrey - Sussex border on the Horsham Rd, 3 miles south of Guildford in Bramley village. St Catherine’s girls benefit from an exceptional, all-round education where happiness is considered one of the fundamental keys to success. Examination results are outstanding - 14 girls were offered Oxbridge places this year and the vast majority gain places at their first choice universities, mostly from within the prestigious Russell Group. Classes are small and because we are single-sex, far more girls opt for the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Mathematics) than in co-educational schools. Moreover, in whatever subject they take, they are not afraid to feel pride in working hard and in being successful. However, there is more to St Catherine’s than academic excellence. Our sportswomen enjoy the finest facilities in the country. In lacrosse the First and U14 teams were crowned national champions this year. The girls have also done extremely well on the Surrey circuit in a variety of sports–Senior School teams are netball and athletics County Champions. A major highlight of 2014 was the visit by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall – direct descendent of St Catherine’s founder and benefactor, George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe. The Duchess officially opened the Anniversary Halls auditorium and the new Speech Hall Library. She met the cast of the Senior School’s production of Hamlet, being performed that week. This edgy, contemporary production, found its way to three substantial audiences, and received great acclaim. Earlier in the year, the Middle School had also impressed with their stunning adaptation of The Tempest. The standard and variety of Music at St Catherine’s is simply outstanding. There are over 640 music lessons taught every week. Throughout the year, girls demonstrate their musical passion and talents in numerous concerts, both formal and informal. The Anniversary Halls auditorium has better acoustics than many London venues for the flagship choirs, orchestras and drama productions. With grounds of 27 acres, all facilities are on site, including a multi-purpose sports hall, gym, dance studio, fitness suite and indoor pool. Consequently, extra-curricular provision is very extensive. For busy working parents, it is also good to know that Senior School girls can stay at school to complete their prep. , fully supervised, or take part in the many activities there are on offer until 6.30p.m. Weekly boarding is another option which is increasingly popular.