Please note that the deadline for Year 7 in September 2020 is now closed.
Do please contact us if you have any queries about admissions for 2021.
Do please contact us for further information and see below for a link to our Sixth Form Handbook.
Early registration is advised for entry at all ages. There are Open Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings throughout the year to which we invite prospective pupils and their parents. Visits can also be arranged at other times. The school can accept applications from any area and is happy to accept advance registrations for younger children at any time. Pupils of other ages may also be accepted into the school, particularly if their family has moved into the area.
Admission to the Prep School
Parents and families are warmly invited to attend one of the many Open mornings or informal Welcome events, or if you would prefer, we would be pleased to arrange a personal visit and the opportunity to meet the Head of Prep and other key staff.
Parents should then register for a place in Prep, after which arrangements will be made for a prospective pupil visit, and for older girls, age appropriate literacy and numeracy assessments. Where relevant, parents are also asked to provide school reports and a reference from their daughter’s current school.
Transition to the Senior School
The move to the Senior School is the next step for our Year 6 girls and is seen as a natural progression. They each have an automatic place in the Senior School as they are already part of the St Catherine’s family. The entrance tests taken in January simply provide a valuable experience for the girls, and information to assist with scholarship offers and setting in core subjects.
This smooth transition allows a broad and rich curriculum to remain our focus at key stage three, while continuing to develop key skills. Our ongoing knowledge and understanding of the girls’ strengths in and out of the classroom gives continuity for entry to the Senior School and makes Year 6 an exciting final year in Prep.
Admission to the Senior School
For external candidates, entry to the Senior School is by written examination in January, before entry in September. Applicants take one-hour papers in Mathematics and English. All papers are designed to bring out the skills and potential of each candidate, regardless of the curriculum emphasis in her current school.
Places are offered on the basis of performance in the examination; a report and reference from the girl’s current school; and an informal interview with the Headmistress, for parents and prospective pupils. The emphasis in this process is on welcoming families who seek the community life of St Catherine’s and girls willing to offer their gifts and talents to the School.