Telephone: 01483 899709
The School uniform has to be obtained from the school shop on site at St. Catherine’s School. It is situated in the Business Centre and can be accessed via a path to the left of the Business Centre building.
St. Catherine's Uniform Shop is temporarily closed. For any queries please email email@example.com.
From 1st July until further notice, there will only be two ways to purchase uniform from the shop:
1) Pre- booked appointments
These are highly advisable if you need to purchase a larger number of items, or if you are not sure about the sizing of the uniform. Please send an email to the address above to book an appointment and we will get back to you. The Uniform Shop is open now to take the bookings for July, August and September. Please book your appointment with as much advance notice as possible as we need to clean the surfaces between customers etc. We therefore have less time available for appointments in one day.
When coming to the shop please do not come with younger siblings, grandparents etc. if possible. We would prefer it if you came with one parent/adult and girl in the group. We hope you understand.
We understand that getting new uniform is a joyful occasion for our new joiners particularly and in the past we have seen bigger groups coming together, but under new circumstances we would like to remind you that our shop area is not suitable to follow social distancing rules when more than 3 people are present in the Shop. We will be very happy for you to take photographs of the occasion if you wish to send to other family members.
As a reminder, we take bank cards and cheques only in the shop.
2) Remote purchase
We strongly advise this route if you need just a few items. Send your order requirements to the email above and we will get in touch with you to discuss your order in more detail, take the payment and arrange the time for the collection. Items can always be exchanged if not worn and returned in original packaging. Please note School Shop will no longer be open for “walk in” sales at all. We understand that a lot of existing St. Catherine’s parents are used to coming to the Uniform Shop in the few days before the term starts to stock up on any missing items but booking appointments or ordering your items by email is the only way we can keep to the government guidance and reduce the virus spread as much as possible.
Boarders’ parents may contact the School shop by email, or give their daughter’s housemistress permission to sign off requests for items which can be purchased at the shop and then be charged to their termly accounts.
You can buy, sell or donate St. Catherine's senior school uniform, sportswear, dance wear, school and sports bags, lacrosse sticks, lacrosse goggles, boots, trainers, tennis rackets and more via the Senior School Second Hand Shop.
During term time we are open
- Tuesday 8.30-9.30am (Prep School volunteers)
- Tuesdays 4.10 to 5.30pm (Senior School volunteers)
- Fridays 2.30-3.30pm (Prep School volunteers) and
- Fridays 3.45 to 4.45pm (Senior School volunteers)
Opening times during summer holidays 2020 will be published here.
Please get in touch if you need a special opening to suit your schedule both during term time and holiday periods.
New stock appears in the shop weekly and you can register your interest to find something that is not yet in the shop. There is a changing room available for use and please note that it is not possible to exchange / return an item once bought. Payments can be made via cash, cheque or by adding to the school bill, unfortunately we cannot currently take card payments.
selling / Donating items
If you wish to sell, or donate uniform items there is a large, weatherproof box situated outside the Second Hand Shop. You don't need us to be open to deposit your items. Pop them - with a note of your family name - in a bag and leave them in the deposit box anytime, it is stored to the left of the stairway. If leaving a significant quantity, or items such as a lacrosse stick, please text beforehand. All items for sale are left at owner’s risk.
If you wish to SELL, please ensure you leave your seller's details in the letter box above the deposit box - this is to include your daughter's name, year group and house as well as a list of the items which you have deposited with your family name in the deposit box. Please complete and print out the form below and pop it into the letter box. You do not need to leave your details, if you wish to donate the sale proceeds to the PTA.
Any bags or items left without details are presumed PTA donations with 100% sales proceeds benefiting the school. When selling, you receive 60% and the PTA retains 40%. Payments are made to your school bill, quarterly in arrears as items sell. If your daughter is permanently leaving the school and you wish to sell, do let us know that she is a 'leaver', you will receive cheques at the end of the school year following her departure.
Only good quality and clean uniform is accepted. The better the condition, the higher the price achieved. The shop reserves the right to dispose of uniform which is unfit for sale. We typically sell our best quality items at half of the 'new price' and discount according to condition. The new style blazer is the exception as they are in such demand and currently sell for £60 in best second hand condition (£90 when new). The white shirts worn by the girls for winter are sold for £1 each, therefore they are received in solely as PTA donations.
Older, discontinued uniform is also accepted. If there are discontinued items we can sell, the proceeds go to the PTA not to a seller. Most discontinued uniform is stored and eventually donated to our sister school in Nairobi, some is made into bespoke cushions or recycled in other ways via clothing/textile charities.
Any items put in for sale revert to PTA donations if they remain unsold for 12 months. If an item remains unsold after 2 years, it will be sent to our sister school in Nairobi or to a material recycling scheme. Our aim is that no uniform reaches landfill.
The ski sale finished in April 2019. We have stored a huge amount of ski jackets, ski trousers, fleeces and base layer tops and bottoms in the shop and we aim to sell them for you next school year 2019/2020 with the usual margin of 60% to you and 40% to the PTA. If such items won’t sell next school year, we will assume that you donate them to the PTA and try to sell them for a 100%-PTA benefit in winter 2020/2021.
All other items which we have in store, like low price items (socks, hats, gloves, shoes, goggles, sunglasses) and bulky items (snowboards, helmets), we will sell as 100% PTA-donations later this academic year 2019/2020.
The next ski sale starts after half term in October 2019 and runs until Easter holidays 2020.
The Second Hand Shop is run by a team of volunteers. If you have a few spare hours each term/half-term and would like to get involved, please get in touch.
Donations of hangers would be greatly appreciated.
All Senior School Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.