It is part of the ethos of St. Catherine’s that our able young women of all ages and stages are encouraged to take on leadership. Starting with first steps in the Pre-Preparatory years where putting on an assembly presentation leads the school in worship, and into the Prep. School years where they can take up monitor responsibilities, form captaincies, school council membership and so on, culminating in year 6 prefect positions of all kinds in preparation for serving the community both in their senior schools and in life in general.

In the Senior School, form captaincies and eco-monitor posts are given out termly, and within the house system there are many opportunities to lead groups or activities as the years go on. All girls may make presentations to their house group on something interesting that they have done, and by the time they reach Year 10, several girls are ready to assume stand-in house captaincies and games captaincies during the study leave of the girls in years 11-13. 

In the Sixth Form, leadership can take the form of being selected to be a member of the prestigious Sixth Form Charity Board, to running a Young Enterprise Company.  You can be a Duke of Edinburgh Award Junior Leader, or a PE Junior Sports Leader.  You may be involved in directing the house drama competition of conducting the house singing.  The Houses have prefect posts for all the Upper 6 girls. 

Alongside this sits a raft of Subject Mentor positions for girls who work with Heads of Department to promote their subject area or to help support younger girls with their studies and offer advice from the pupil perspective when options are being chosen for GCSE or AS Level. 

Finally, the School Officers, taking up post for a year from Easter of their Lower 6 year, play a very significant part in helping run the School. They can be chosen for a great many different posts which play to each girl’s individual strengths. Job descriptions exist at this level and a real preparation for leadership at university and beyond is the goal.

Leadership is something that is often intuitive, but it can also be learned, through a proper programme of experience, built up over many years.  We are very proud of our girls as they lead their peers at many different levels and it is our expectation of them that wanting to lead in an area where you are confident is something to be proud of, and to aim for.

Alice Phillips - Headmistress (Senior School)
Naomi Bartholomew - Headmistress (Preparatory School)