Everyone's position in the class is known to the girls. It was once described to me as " a bit draconian" which I now realise is the least of its problems. St Catherine’s prides itself on being a cohesive and unique School community. IMG_4306. She cares deeply about every single girl and staff member, and would not rest until a matter such as this was resolved. DH has gone off in an ambulance, AIBU to be angry to be Trespassed by a dog. Charts. Up to 1 hour £6.00; Up to 1.5 hours £9.00; Up to 2.5 hours £12.00. E+O_crop. We're very happy with the school. But if your daughter doesn’t fit the school it is quite a hard place to be. Very academic girls will do well. A level results excellent across the board – no weak areas... Lots of options, lots of opportunities – real education takes place here. The Prep school is strong, well run and the culture is open and honest. Good Schools Guide - St Catherine's, Bramley. I know of two girls who have moved from St Cats to my daughter's year group at Tormead in recent years citing bullying as the reason. Dates beyond the current term are provisional and given for guidance only. I notice a number of old threads on choosing girls schoolas around Guildford so I thought this post might help anyone deciding on girls' schools in the area at the moment. I know the post is now a couple of months old, but I really hope Frequentdriver has made a point of going straight to Mrs Phillips who would take these issues incredibly seriously and would do all in her power to ensure there was as positive an outcome as possible. Lacrosse is a big factor in sport. Tbh, she settled fast and so well compared to her prep school where she struggled to settle and didn’t receive the expected support to help her settle in (Y7). Once parents look at how much is on offer, the financial sums add up. @123EyesOnMe thanks. Susiesophie thank you for your post! I have heard it gets better as the girls get older, but in lower school when girls hormones and emotions are high, it is not a happy place. The formal careers programme begins in U4 with a weekly lecture which informs and inspires girls as they consider their career potential. So if you're bottom id imagine that's pretty shit. The bully gets to respond (but lying is obviously very common) , but I know of many cases where the outcome is "what can we do to address the sensitivity of the child who has lodged the complaint". Art and drama are not a focus, sport and music seem to take priority to creative arts generally. Any escalation to senior management literally takes weeks and your daughter will be quizzed over and over again to the point where they realise any complaint is not worth it and they begin to fear retribution from the teacher in question. Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. I am sure eventually, and we are talking years of re-building, the school will bounce back, however I cannot see how this will happen until they have a serious shake up from the top down. Friends and colleagues have daughters at the school. She really does stress kindness to everyone...always but perhaps in this case this hasn’t been effectively conveyed which is very unfortunate for all concerned, not least Frequentdriver’s precious daughter (and I mean precious in the original definition of the word). Alice Phillips would be absolutely mortified to read this. I completely understand your historical position (albeit quite a few disagreed with your opinion) however there have been fundamental changes at the school and it would be remiss for me not to point out that your perspective is clearly out of date. St Cats is more traditional country boarding school. Nice glossy brochure to draw you in however when you arrive something just doesn’t feel right. 7-9 – 56%. I know parents from almost every year with these issues, and many that have just moved their girls out- its ultimately all you can do when you hit trouble. They are constantly competing with each other. In the Fifth Form girls attend Careers lessons and complete the Morr… I hope you find this helpful and hopefully it’s not coming too late. St Catherine’s, Bramley]Independent Boarding and Day School for Girls age 4 -18. She moved to the Sixth Form at St Cats where within weeks, teachers picked up a specific learning difficulty and a serious health issue which her previous independent school hadn't in 5 years, and dealt with it brilliantly. Search Go. Sounds very worried for us, might consider not send our Daughter there. She didn’t suffer from bullying but it was present but am sure a lot of schools do suffer, it was unsettling however as I am not sure it was dealt with in the best way. The timetable is frantic .... if your DD is not organised they might struggle.... think some of the teachers even struggle.... as there isn’t time to recap, review before the girls move on. Senior School: +44 (0)1483 893363. This thread is damning. nextdoor-feb22-2019. I feel much better now having read that as a current parent! The Head at St Cat’s is also a very nice and warm lady. To be honest your daughter needs to excel at something to thrive, otherwise sadly the competitive environment means her confidence gets knocked. Alice Phillips is approachable and would always prioritise an unhappy girl above all else without any shadow of a doubt. I have a ds so the school isn't relevant to me. I've got friends whose daughters have left to go to Bournemouth, Durham, Manchester, Cambridge universities having been encouraged to pursue interests from animation to vet science. Serious issues can and do happen in schools (however brilliant they are), but having clear and robust policies in place to deal with situations when they happen is critical. In the Best Schools league tables (www.best-schools.co.uk ) St Catherine’s, Bramley is comfortably in the UK’s Top five Girls’ Boarding Schools based on the percentage of A* and A grades gained at A-level, and yet, has the lowest fees by some margin. I am minded to think that if she has been there so long she must have good experience of the issues and how to deal with this modern world we now live in. Another friend scrimps and saves to send her daughter there, and seeing her thrive, doesn't begrudge a penny. I have friends whose daughters are sporty, musical, arty, quiet, not quiet (! Please don't write me off as having no current knowledge or understanding of St Cats. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. I don’t come on Mumsnet very often, and was shocked when I did this morning, to see a couple of very negative reviews about St Catherine’s. girls-reading. LEARN MORE. Agree, prep is wonderful.... sad that senior school doesn’t live up to expectations. When over competitive girls find themselves in an environment where the teachers get away with lying and covering their tracks, and the girls can intimidate and bully with no real threat of consequences, bullying is bound to be a problem. The head is a genuine and is proactive in ensuring children are treated as individuals. This is not what I'm reading hear. Post subject: st catherines twickenham v Surbiton Girls. In 2019/20, St Catherine’s fielded six senior teams in the Lacrosse National Championships, the highest number ever entered by one school and testament to the ‘give-it-a-go’ ethos. Leagues. You have to do 4 languages in Year 7.....which for those less keen on languages.... can turn them off and gets quite confusing with all the vocabulary testing. However this is not the case across the road at the Senior school. Any request to bring in other pupils as witnesses is denied. Can I ask what sort of girl are right fit ? I am saddened that all this negative sentiment is posted. Open. Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:02 pm Posts: 4 hi - I have just completed the rounds of filling in application forms and open evenings for several schools, we have short listed 2, Surbiton High School - … Major Amendments will be notified by Clarion Call. IMG_1045. St Catherine's School, Station Road, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0DF. Find out what Mumsnet users thought of Echo by Lloyd’s Pharmacy. as this will give you a clear current picture. Inquiry-based learning. Please could anyone share information for the school? To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. I am looking myself for a school in the Guildford area for my goddaughter who is overseas and I have only heard good things about it and in particular about the pastoral care being excellent. The new Sixth Form building looks very impressive and it being a boarding school as well as day is a hook as my Goddaughter would be a boarder and GHS and Tormead don’t offer that. Overseas Study Tours are offered annually to enrich the study of areas such as History, Art, Music, Languages, Geography and STEM from Years 8 to 12. This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 2 messages.). Trust me: bullying is very common. Why not go and discuss further with some of the senior teaching staff as I am sure that they could help and they would want to hear of your issues? No knowledge of this, but if that genuinely is school policy then that alone should raise serious questions. St. Catherine's School Interactive Calendar Information for the current term is confirmed on the last day of each term for the next term. Sadly this culture has got worse over the last 5 years I would say, not helped by a head that refuses to hear this message from concerned parents. If I were considering sending a child here, I'd review these policy documents carefully (they must be available on their website)...so that you know their position.Best of all, ask a greater cross-section of current parents and girls for their view (NO offence to posters here!) (New thread)I have had girls at St Catherine's for almost 10 years, through Prep, Senior and 6th form. I am so sorry that Frequentdriver has felt compelled to post on here because she believes that St Catherine’s Bullying Policy is ineffective. IMG_1092. St Cats is more academic (not far off GHS level) so very similar academic environment and pressure. My sister is in education and was able to advise us on this and said that their policy stood for nothing.We are desperately sad to be leaving this should have been an incredible experience. 4-9 – 99%. We really like the school and local friends would be a bonus if weekly boarding? Hi Loveorange, my DD started Y9 at St Catherine’s Bramley last September and our experience so far is that St Catherine’s is an excellent school. Summer 2020 Results: Public examinations were cancelled in Summer 2020 due to Covid-19 and candidates were awarded a Centre Assessment Grade or the exam board grade calculated from an algorithm, whichever was the higher. Head Alice Phillips is admired by pupils and parents, described as a ‘positive leader’ with a … It does sound like they deal with bullying very poorly. A comprehensive package of Careers advice and guidance is available to the girls both within the curriculum and also outside normal lessons. @owhysoseriousGHS (first choice; amazing school! It fits the right sort of girl. She did really well, was very happy and I really cannot ever remember any bullying. Title: St Catherine's Sixth Form Prospectus 2019, Author: St Catherine's, Bramley, Name: St Catherine's Sixth Form Prospectus 2019, Length: 44 pages, Page: 25, Published: 2018-10-02 Issuu company logo Do you have questions about creating positive bathroom habits and routines? She is a fabulous Headmistress who is, at all times, only trying to get the best out of the girls at school and she does it very well! . Find out what Mumsnet users thought of Echo by Lloyd’s Pharmacy. I don’t even know where the school is but in this day and age, it will be near impossible to get away with something like it is being described here. We are thinking to send our daughter to St Catherine to boarding and start this sept .Is there any other st Catherine parent could share their experience for the school?? Everyone else will struggle They place a lot of emphasis on competition. My younger one is there now and thriving. Make you wonder how and why. However unless pupils can be protected from the individuals who bully and intimidate (both girls and staff) I could not recommend this school to anyone. Preparatory School: +44 (0)1483 899665 Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:50 pm . You then start getting bombarded with requests for money like a hotel offering timeshares and not taking no for an answer. Full disclosure. But I have friends whose daughters do go there and friends who have pulled their daughters out. Current St Catherine’s families, along with our alumni, future students, and current and past parents and staff, are all active, generous, enthusiastic and supportive members of the St Catherine’s School community. Alice (Phillips) has reached the end of her tenure, however I imagine she will hang around until the construction projects have been finished. As the previous post suggested, the Headmistress, Mrs Phillips would be very sad that this has not been discussed with her. We are especially happy with the pastoral care. Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. Personally, I've never liked the St Cat's vibe... Oh, and the 'no blame' policy is insane. Handhold please. Hi Schoolcircles: We have a daughter in Y7 at St Catherine's so please feel free to PM me if you'd like to know anything. You are currently looking at a school which has completely lost sight of its purpose and potential. History. St Catherine's, Bramley - Annual Information Booklet 2019 - 2020 Rather put off by the Head of Tormead departing this year and the Head of GHS on sabbatical too. They have too many staff members who struggle with the quality of their teaching and their behaviour in class. It is hugely unfortunate as some teachers are truly dedicated and the girls love them and the facilities are undoubtedly outstanding. IMG_1042. But I believe this may change as you go further up the school and the girls drop a few subjects. To say this even though I will get flamed for it? St Catherine’s, Bramley, offers an unparalleled educational and boarding experience, set in extensive grounds in the heart of the Surrey Hills, yet within an hour of London and Heathrow and Gatwick International airports. Hi Loveorange, my DD started Y9 at St Catherine’s Bramley last September and our experience so far is that St Catherine’s is an excellent school. It is very academic which is great, but there are plenty of others with that offering who are not suffering the same problems and as an employer of over 30 years, this isn’t the be all and end all. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. DH has gone off in an ambulance, AIBU to be angry to be Trespassed by a dog. We are especially happy with the pastoral care. Thxx. Thank you to SurreyMumDD for her post though - I shall keep an open mind. They adopt a "no-blame" policy- which initially sounds great (and probably is if you child is the bully in question) but essentially means that any complaint by a child of bullying means that child is "interviewed" at length, in class hours, to everyone's knowledge, causing more drama and pressure on an already victimised child. And the teacher seems doesn't care and not deal with it properly??? Value without compromises. All lessons are normally 30 minutes. St. Catherine’s International ... 2020-11-18. Alice Phillips would be absolutely mortified to read this. Miss Susan Burnett was the founding headmistress. I’ve had two daughters at the school and believe St Catherine’s strives to get it right. Can't image if she gets bully and teacher take no blame action over there . My views are of the senior school, I have to say that the Prep school was outstanding and personally have not had any issues, however I believe the number of girls leaving in the early years has increased which has raised eyebrows. I strongly believe focus has been lost due construction plans to the detriment of the school and more importantly the girls. It runs a strong house system with tons of forced activities. St Catherine's is now enjoying the Christmas Holidays after a selection of virtual Carol Services, Nativity Play, House Film Festival and Boarders' High Table marked the final days of term. Thanks in advance. So the school has lots of bullying going on these day ??? Welcome to St Catherine’s Anglican Church Bramley We greet you in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we warmly welcome you. CAT CLUB - Prep School After School Care. And did you have the same concerns years ago ? Yes, some of the girls who attend the school come from wealthy Surrey families (aga, swimming pool, pony and holidays in St Lucia), but lots don't and, most importantly, the ethos of the school itself is very down-to-earth. Best wishes. Small class sizes. Do you have questions about creating positive bathroom habits and routines? The cuture there is very different. I shall visit St Catherine’s and see what I think of the Head’s presentation. E 10-23-18 Assembly-17. So far I have been impressed with all I have seen. It backs up entirely my view when I dismissed it several years ago. A “no blame” policy gives the girls the false sense that there would not be any consequences to your action in the future which we all know is just ludicrous. There are better girls schools in the area....by far! image1(1) IMG_2919. At St Catherine's the headmistress is a formidable manager, very assertive with the view to the parents that she"would tolerate anything but unkindness". 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