St Catherine’s is a thriving, dynamic girls day & boarding school offering an education which promotes each girl’s personal and intellectual development. The House system fosters a special spirit of camaraderie. There are acres of opportunity for sport, play, and imagination from 4-18. On-site facilities are exceptional–the Speech Hall Library, the Anniversary Halls Sports’ and Performance Centre are outstanding. Happy, busy girls enjoy successful outcomes at Advanced and GCSE levels.
Mrs Alice Phillips (Headmistress)
Religious affiliation: Church of England
Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding
Gender profile: Girls only
Boarding fees per term:
Day fees per term:
Scholarships & bursaries:
ISC reference number:
DfE reference number:
936 / 6004
Girls - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 11 to 18 (454)
Boarding: 11 to 18 (172)
Sixth Form: (165)
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Bursaries and scholarships are not the same. At St Catherine’s, scholarships are awarded on merit and may be offered for academic excellence, or for exceptional talent in Art, Textiles, Drama, Music or Sport. Scholarships are not means -tested. Bursaries are awarded on formal assessment of proven financial need and after a thorough form of means-testing, but your daughter will still have to show academic ability. Bursaries will be checked every year and if your financial situation changes, so will the amount of any bursary.
There are four Academic Entrance Scholarships available for pupils at age 11. These are awarded on the results of the Entrance Examination. Two scholarships are for 20% of the fees payable and the other two are for 10% of the fees. These run through the Middle School and can be extended through the Sixth Form at the discretion of the Headmistress and in consultation with the teaching staff.
The following scholarships are awarded during the Summer Term L5 (Year 10). Selection for the awards is based on the results of the June examinations at the end of the L5, performance throughout the L5 year, a Scholarship Examination paper and an interview. Full details are sent to the parents of all members of this year group at the beginning of the Summer Term.
There are several internal academic Sixth Form Scholarships:
An 11+ Music Scholarship of 20% of the fees and tuition on one instrument may be awarded annually upon entry to an 11+ candidate adjudged by the Director of Music and an adjudication panel to have strong musical talent. A second Music Scholarship of 10% of fees and tuition on one instrument can be awarded in years where the field of applicants is particularly strong. Applications should be made by November and auditions are in January.
A Sixth Form Music Scholarship is awarded to a pupil entering the Sixth Form – from within the School or as an external applicant - to the value of 20% of the School Fees.
There is also a Jennifer Bate Organ Scholarship, offered in conjunction with Guildford Cathedral, which is awarded in alternate years to a girl who is already a good organist or shows potential. This award is typically for 20% of fees payable, but may involve means-tested bursary assistance if appropriate.
A limited number of means-tested bursaries is available to external applicants on entry into the School in Form One (7+), U3 (11+) and the Sixth Form. Awards may be up to the equivalent of 100% of fees and may also cover some essential extras such as uniform, iPad, travel, music tuition, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme etc.
Applicants will be asked to complete a detailed submission to the Business Manager and then an awarding panel will determine the level of award to be offered subject to the candidate passing the School’s existing Entrance Test and a home visit.
Priority consideration will be given to Bursary applications submitted by 31st October for entry to the School the following September. Late submissions may be considered by the Awards Committee on a case by case basis at the next scheduled Awards Committee meeting but the school has limited funds and can make no promises for support.
Please note that the full discount is given only on the first scholarship. If any future scholarships, awards, bursaries or discounts are given to the same girl, then they are applied to residual fees not full fees.
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