Pastoral Care


An outstanding strength of the school. Individual care and support are provided by the House system which is  complementary to the boarding system. Every facet of school life reflects that pupils are cared for as individuals.

Tutors and Housemistresses alike look after their girls' welfare in a sensitive and professional manner,never mollycoddling but preparing them for the future and nurturing their development in a stimulating environment.


Chapel is central to the life of St. Catherine’s and, paradoxically, it is also a ‘space apart’.  Every girl comes to Chapel once during the week for about twenty minutes and boarders also gather on Wednesday evenings for a time of worship.  Special services are held too, and every year each house in the Senior School has its own House Communion.  Leavers’ Communion in May is a very special occasion for the Upper Sixth.

Occasional vigils are held in Chapel when girls and staff will come and be still, light a candle for such Haiti or the victims of the Tsunami, and remains a place for private prayer.

Chapel is much valued and Old girls remember it with great affection and gratitude. It is a ‘sacred space’ where quiet, calm, peace and a sense of infinite goodness can be found.

Each year the School Chaplain arranges for all those girls who wish to be confirmed to attend preparation sessions.  These weekly classes are from November through to March.  There is no set age for this, and girls from Upper Three to Upper Six are welcome.  The confirmation takes place in the School Chapel in the Spring Term and the Confirming Bishop is either the Bishop of Guildford or the Bishop of Dorking.

Confirmation Service - Sunday 4th March 2018

If you are interested in becoming Confirmed next March, then please fill in this form and return it to Revd Dr McNair Scott by 4th November 2017.  If you have any questions about the Confirmation classes, please speak to Revd Dr McNair Scott.

The Confirmation service will be held in the School Chapel on Sunday 4th March at 5pm with the Bishop of Guildford.  The preparatory classes will be held on Thursdays from 6.30-7.30pm in room 4 on the following dates – supper will be provided:-

  • 16 November, 23 November, & 30 November
  • 25 January
  • 1 February & 8 February
  • 1 March

If you complete thisdownloadable form then you must attend all the classes, so you need to think carefully about other commitments that you may have.  If you are unable to attend the classes for reasons other than illness, then you might not be able to be Confirmed.

Medical Centre


The School Medical Centre is situated in the main school building adjacent to Bronte boarding house.


The Medical Centre is staffed by one full-time and three part-time Sisters who are all Registered General Nurses and they are assisted by Mrs Maya Garside and the  surgery opening times are:

  • 08:00 - 08:30am Before School
  • 10:15 - 10:35am Morning Break
  • 13:00 - 14:10pm Lunch Break
  • 16:10 - 17:00pm After School
  • 20:00 - 21:00pm Evening

There is always a member of the team on call and we can be contacted on the School Medical Centre mobile phone if you need to speak to us out of school hours.

Mobile: 07789 354664 or via e-mail

  • Mrs Katie Downes
  • Mrs Maya Garside
  • Mrs Linda Green RGN - Senior Nursing Sister
  • Mrs Loretta Pope RGN
  • Mrs Kate Simpson RGN