St Catherine's School, Bramley

Coordinates: 51°11′49″N 0°33′29″W / 51.197°N 0.558°W / 51.197; -0.558

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.

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TypeIndependent day and boarding school
MottoLet us go on[1]
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Department for Education URN125320 Tables
HeadmistressMrs Alice Phillips[2]
ChaplainRev'd Dr Benjamin McNair Scott
Age4 to 18


St Catherine's School opened in 1885 with seventeen pupils, most of whom were boarders. Miss Susan Burnett was the founding headmistress.[1] 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".[3]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed]


In the year 2011, 12% of the students were admitted to Oxford or Cambridge.[5]


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.[6]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

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.

Pastoral careEdit


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. The senior school houses are:

  • Ashcombe (red)
  • Merriman (purple)
  • Midleton (royal blue)
  • Musgrave (pink)
  • Russell Baker (light blue)
  • Stoner (green)

And for the Prep school the houses are:

  • Pankhurst (red)
  • Teresa (green)
  • Curie (yellow)


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.[8]


The patron of the school since 2015 is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, whose great-great grandfather George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe, and his wife Lady Laura were among the founders of the school.[9]

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ a b "History".
  2. ^ "Staff List 2016–2017".
  3. ^ Howarth, Janet (2006). "The Church of England and Women's Higher Education, c.1840–1914". In Ghosh, Peter; Goldman, Lawrence (eds.). Politics and Culture in Victorian Britain: Essays in Memory of Colin Matthew. Oxford University Press. pp. 153–170.
  4. ^ "Chapel".
  5. ^ "Schools Guide 2015: St Catherine's, Bramley". Tatler. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  6. ^ St Catherine's School Homepage/Scholarships
  7. ^ "Houses".
  8. ^ "Girls at the organ". Church Times. 2 November 2006.
  9. ^ "HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to be the Patron of St Catherine's School, Bramley". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  10. ^ Jane Phillips, 'Hogarth, Ann (1910–1993)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, 2004 accessed 10 Feb 2017

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