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 8th March 2020

Over the years many St Cat’s girls have been confirmed in St Catherine’s chapel – where appropriate baptised as well.  The Confirmation service led by the Bishop of Guildford will take place here on Sunday March 8th 2020 at 5pm.  

We are offering your daughter the opportunity to own the Christian faith for herself at this service.  As part of the preparation for this special occasion there are seven compulsory sessions led by the School Chaplain, where we will explore the Christian faith and what confirmation entails.  These meetings will happen on Thursdays in Brontë common room from 6:30-7:30 with supper provided on the following dates: 

  • 14th November
  • 21st November
  • 28th November
  • 23rd January
  • 30th January
  • 27th February
  • 5th March.  

If your daughter would like to be confirmed next March, please can she fill in the Confirmation form outside the chapel and return it to myself by Friday 1st November 2019.  Alternatively you can download the form below and return it to me via email by that date.  If you have any queries as parents, please do contact me at .  

Confirmation forms 

Revd Dr Benji McNair Scott (School Chaplain)

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