St Catherine's Prep
Cross Deep, Twickenham, TW1 4QJ, Middlesex
020 8891 2898
|Headmistress||Mrs Johneen McPherson|
|Date Appointed||September 2018|
|Girls Age Range||3-11|
|Number of pupils||123|
|Day fees per annum||£10,500 - £12,144|
|Average Class Size||13|
St Catherine's Prep marks the beginning of an outstanding education for girls, which leads on to St Catherine's Senior School and Sixth Form. Ours is a Catholic school which warmly welcomes girls of all faiths, and we are especially proud of the creative, curious and motivated girls in Prep.
The girls in Early Years enjoy our impressive, purpose-built facilities, including spacious grounds, an indoor swimming pool, large hall and library. An excellent beginning to school years is ensured by our dedicated and experienced staff, whose warm care and focus on each child helps to foster learning and confidence.
In Key Stage One, the emphasis remains on social and personal skills, alongside an increased focus on literacy and numeracy. Each teacher works with her class to encourage a love of learning, and visits and excursions provide enrichment that supports our exciting curriculum. Specialist teaching in French, Music, Swimming, Physical Education and Information Technology continues and many pupils also enjoy individual instrumental lessons.
Our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning continues at Key Stage Two. Pupils thrive on stimulating tasks designed to promote risk taking and resilience. The girls develop excellent thinking and collaborative skills, and they know how to have fun while they learn. Specialist teaching is enhanced by the introduction of Food and Nutrition, Drama, and Design and Technology. As Prep years draw to a close, our Year 6 pupils enjoy automatic entry to the Senior School, and almost all girls take up this opportunity.
There is a rich and varied programme of clubs and activities in Prep - ranging from early morning swim squad, to Glee Club and Philosophy for Children - which ensures that pupils make the most of every minute of the day. Many also take advantage of our wrap around care, beginning with Breakfast Club and finishing with After School Care.
St Catherine's offers a values-based education where pupils flourish, and we are proud that our relatively small size helps to ensure we know and care for each girl. The inclusive Catholic life of the School places great emphasis on friendship and community, and is at the centre of all that we do. Through prayer, singing, stories and discussion, the girls reflect upon Gospel values and the world around them, developing a sense of belonging and enjoying warm relationships with peers and staff.
Our all-girls' education also helps us to focus on the needs of our pupils, to give them opportunities to develop and celebrate their gifts and talents, and to grow in self-worth and confidence. We rather like the fact that at St Catherine's ‘the girls are the best at everything', and we encourage our pupils to be ambitious as they begin to think about their potential. St Catherine's girls are encouraged and supported, and we focus on character, helping to create independent and caring young people who are eager to embrace all that life offers.