St Catherine's Prep
Cross Deep, Twickenham, TW1 4QJ, Middlesex
020 8891 2898
Girls' Day Preparatory
|Headmistress||Mrs Johneen McPherson|
|Date Appointed||September 2018|
|Girls Age Range||5-11 years|
|Number of pupils||95|
|Day fees per annum||£13,395 - £14,085 per annum|
|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.
St Catherine's is also now restructuring its Prep provision. The girls will still enjoy our impressive, purpose-built facilities, spacious grounds, indoor swimming pool, large hall and library. And they will continue to have dedicated and experienced staff, whose warm care and focus on each child helps to foster learning and confidence.
The change is an emphasis on key stage three provision, rather than offering education from Nursery. We are part way through the phased change to our school and are already seeing the advantages in the repurposing of the site and the ability to offer a richer curricular and co-curricular programme for our girls.
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.