Art & MakerSpace

Inspiration, imagination, creativity

Why invest in the Art & MakerSpace?

The John Palmer Centre (JPC) was opened in 1996 and for 20 years has served the School very well. It encapsulates our belief in a broad and rich curriculum for our middle school students and artistic and design opportunities for our older students at GCSE and A Level.  Girls thrive in the creative arts and move on to a variety of wonderful careers as expressive artists, art curators, dealers and teachers.

Within Create the Future lies a new vision for the JPC to enhance it further – the Art&MakerSpace Campaign. We are delighted to set out our plan which will include an extension, allowing us to adapt some of the spaces and offer a new gallery space for changing exhibitions.  We will add a textiles studio bringing Textiles to the JPC from its current somewhat ‘hidden’ location behind the Dining Room, extend the photographic studio and provide a proper, dedicated modern studio for sixth form students which will replace the current informal extension room.  The culinary arts will also move to the Art & MakerSpace, with Home Economics being relocated to make way for the CATalyst.

The key benefits

  • A redesigned DT space
  • A new photographic studio and darkroom, embracing digital photography
  • Connected teaching - textiles , History of Art and the Culinary Arts move into the fold
  • A dedicated 6th Form Studio
  • Art History teaching will be in the centre of all things artistic
  • Permanent exhibition space to showcase girls’ work
  • Space to host Artists in Residence to enrich the teaching for all girls
  • Increased involvement in the Royal Academy Schools and Saatchi Gallery Programmes
  • Space to welcome University Art Departments and showcase MA courses
  • The chance to participate as a Surrey Open Studio

What will it look like?

The inital plans have been completed and we hope to apply for planning permission in December 2019.  We will add the plans here shortly.  There will be opportunities for your support to be recognised against teaching rooms in the Art & MakerSpace.   If you'd like a sneak preview of the plans and to discuss your support do contact Pippa Carte, Development Director.

Join us on the journey!

We need your support to make The Art & MakerSpace a reality.  The total project budget is c.£1.5m and we need to raise £0.5m from the School community, alumnae and parents.  Please consider your support, our fundraising campaign has begun and we hope with community contributions we will be able to make the Art&MakerSpace a reality.  The timing of the build is dependent on financial resources and the commitment of donations in support will impact the timing of delivery, we hope to begin the build in the Summer of 2020 and complete in a year.

There's something primal about it. It's innate, the need to make marks. That's why, when you're a child, you scribble. 

Jenny Saville

Why the focus on arts?

We are all creative and arts are a significant part of the compulsory curriculum from Years 7-9 (Upper 3 to Upper 4).  The Art & MakerSpace Campaign will allow us to enhance the JPC - a place where girls love to spend time – creating a space that will fire up the girls’ imaginations, ignite their interests and allow them to explore their creativity.  Their rational, logical brain can take a breather and they can observe and create, expressing themselves through clay, silk, photographic print, wood, digital design, watercolours or simply a pencil.  We are proud advocates of the fundamental drawing skills that underpin the work of all successful artists. 

The creative arts are of intrinsic value to our lives, they enrich our souls and give us huge satisfaction.  Imagine the achievement of creating a wire sculpture modelled on Giacommeti then photographing, editing and creating a line drawing of your creation.  Or, using paints and materials to explore textures then delving into the 16th century to explore how artists used brush-strokes to create depth and perspective.

We want every girl to have the opportunity to develop her creativity in this new creative hub of art, textiles and photography - whether she moves on into the creative industries, or through refining her problem solving skills becomes an entrepreneur of the future.  

Why now?

  • We need space! The JPC was built for a three-form entry school and we have been four-form entry since 2006!
  • Textiles are inspired by fine art, photography and fashion are linked, design technology influences ceramics - the subjects connect and our spaces will too!
  • Photography shoots are spilling out into the main studio.
  • Digital photography and art present a completely new discipline since the JPC was conceived and space is needed for our Apple Macs and IT tools.
  • Girls’ canvas sizes are restricted due to the display space – they want to 'go large'!
  • The 6th Form ‘Shed’ for private art work is well-loved and well-used but is small and can be chilly.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. 

Pablo Picasso

Naming opportunities Donation level Status
The Sixth Form Art Atelier  £50,000  
The Materials Studio  £25,000 Reserved
The Culinary Arts Studio £25,000  
The Fine Art Studio £25,000  
The Photo Studio and Dark Room £20,000  
The Design & Technology Studio £20,000  
The Ceramics Studio £20,000  
The History of Art Study £20,000 Reserved

How to Support

Get in touch - call Pippa Carte 01483 899754 or email to discuss how you would like to support

Tax Efficient Giving

A gift of £1,000 made by a 45% tax payer will cost the donor £688 and be worth £1,250 to the School.   A gift of £5,000 made by a 45% tax payer will cost the donor £3,438 and be worth £6,250 to the School.  A gift of £20,000 made by a 45% tax payer will cost the donor £13,750 and be worth £25,000 to the School.  You can add your charitable donations on your tax return and claim back the tax. 

Gift Aid - Allows the School to claim an additional 25p for each £1 you donate from the Government at no additional cost to you, this makes your donation worth even more.

Matched Giving - check with your personnel department if they have a matched-giving scheme, this is where the employer matches employee donations to charity, thereby increasing your gift to the School.

Payroll Giving - this is where you give a gift to charity as you earn, it is paid before tax and national insurance and so is very tax efficient; your payroll department will provide a form if this is available.

Details for BACS payments

IBAN - GB09 LOYD 3093 7400 8623 08
Bank identification code (BIC) - LOYDGB21022
Account Name - St. Catherine’s School, Bramley
Bank name - Lloyds
Branch - 147 High St, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AG
Sort Code - 30-93-74
Account  No - 00862308


Our Promise to you

St Catherine’s School Development are committed to high standards of fundraising, being open and honest, clear about our activities, respectful of you and accountable for the support you give us. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator allowing you to give with confidence. Here is our Fundraising Promise.

We recognise that as a School with a large community we have a responsibility to be aware of vulnerable adults in our Association and Development activities. To find out more about how we manage this responsibility please click here. Should you have a concern in regard to fundraising please see our Complaints Policy here.

Your data, your privacy and being in control

We take your personal privacy very seriously. Our records are for use by the Association and for fundraising purposes. Communications might include publications, surveys, appeals and event marketing and may be sent by post, telephone or email. Rest assured we will never release your details to any third parties for use for marketing purposes. The School has a responsibility to clean our data which is done with a third party under a strict data agreement solely for this purpose. You are in control. If at any time you would prefer not to be contacted please do inform us at

Thank you to our Supporters


The Annual Fund, 2018-19
Dr Paula Atkins
Mrs P Brooks
Jill Cochrane

Mrs A Crowe
Mrs Alice Phillips
and an anonymous donor

The Hardship Fund, 2018-19
Mr M Annable
Mr G Beremovich
Mr P Jarvis
Mr M Large
K Marthaler
Rev N Morgan
Mr B Spektor
The Vega Family

An anonymous donor



The Bursary Fund, 2018-19
Mr & Mrs Bache
Ms Naomi Bartholomew
The Bateman Family
Ms Julia Blackstock
Mr and Mrs S Cater
Mrs Elizabath Chalwin
Mrs Penny Crouch - Governor
Mr B Epshtein & Mrs T Epshteyn
Mrs D Gauvain
Mr and Mrs Glenn
Carol Kemm
Ms S Knights QC
Miss V Povey
Mrs A Pymble 
Mr J Tippett - Governor
Mrs Gillian Wood
and an anonymous donor

Please note  We take every care to ensure that donor’s titles and names are reported correctly and that all donors have been appropriately acknowledged, either by name or anonymously if they so wish.  Should you note any errors or omissions please accept our sincere apology.   Your gift is most certainly appreciated and gratefully received. Please do get in touch to advise us of any concerns so we can correct our records accordingly.  

Thank you.

Please contact Pippa Carte, Development Director

We offer our most sincere thanks to all our supporters and legators

Supporters are presented alphabetically and we also note our thanks also to the nine donors who chose to remain anonymous.

  • Over 81 individuals and families have made contributions this year which has raised just over £584,101.
  • We value each donation highly and have taken great heart from the degree of increasing generosity of parents, alumnae, governors, teachers and staff.  Thank you.
  • To date over £1.2 in total has been generously donated or pledged to date to Create the Future – The 6, The CATalyst and The Art & MakerSpace
  • £454,177 has been given this year, and we have now reached 40% of our £3m target – the community support has been amazing!
  • £34,190 has been given to our Bursary Fund giving highly capable girls an opportunity to fulfil their potential at St Catherine's.  
  • A further £3,486 was added to the Head's Hardship Fund to be at the Head's discretion in the case of unexpected difficult family financial circumstances that might disrupt a child's education.
  • Over £21,000 was generously donated to The Soundscape, our appeal to refurbish the Prep School Music Room.
  • The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation have once again supported bursary places on the annual residential Jennifer Bate Organ Academy.
  • £750 was given to the Annual Fund and has supported the purchase of exceptional equipment for the School that has enriched the girls' learning environment.
  • A big thank you too to the PTA in the Senior School for their generous pledge of support to The 6 and to the Prep School PTA for their support of The Soundscape.
  • This year we have received a pledge of a gift in a Will and one gift in memory of a past staff member. We are indebted to such donors for their generous contribution towards securing the School's future. 

Thank you so much to our alumnae, parents, Governors, staff, past parents and staff, and of course local friends of St Catherine's for your incredible support.

Should you wish to discuss your support of St Catherine’s or make a commitment to the School, please do get in touch with: 
Pippa Carte, Development Director 
Telephone: 01483 899754


Create The Future Donors

Create the Future
Mr and Mrs Beabey
Mr John Blauth - Governor
The Carte Farthing Family
The Chan Family
The Fleming Family - in memory of Penny Fleming
Alison Graham
The Harlow Family
Brigadier Matthew Lowe - Governor
The Martin Family
Mr Peter Martin - Chairman of Governors
Dr Janet McGowan - Governor
The Panter Family
Dr Alison Paterson
The Pink Family
The Wong Family
The Waller Family
Mr and Mrs P Yung
The Senior School PTA
and six anonymous donors

The 6 
The Ahl-Chen Family
Mr and Mrs Appleton
Miss Naomi Bartholomew
The Chambers Family
The Chan Family
Greg and Sarah Chiappini
The Eric-Udorie Family
Mrs C Foord
Mr Gaunt and Ms Marciuk
Mrs Fiona Haywood
The Hobday Family
The Johnstone Family
The MacGregor Family
The Nixon Family
The Oyeleye Family
Mrs Alice Phillips
Veronica Povey
Mr and Mrs R Price 
Simon Roberts 
Mr P Wong and Ms L Chen
Ms Deannie Yew
and six anonymous donors

The Catalyst

Dr D M F Brown
Mr Richard Brown
Dr and Mrs Michael Jordan
Mr and Mrs Mallin-Jones - in memory of Dr V J Cowie
Prof Beverley McKeon
The McKeon Family
Mrs Elizabeth Tippett
The Wong Family
and four anonymous donors

The Art & MakerSpace
Karen, Helena and Isabella Farrell
The Llewelyn Family
The Panter Family

Soundscape Supporters

Thank you to our Soundscape Supporters

  • The Burns Family
  • The Brooks Family
  • The Crichton Family
  • Paul Carte Farthing Family
  • The Harlow Family
  • The Kemkers Family
  • Lesley McLaren
  • The Orr Family
  • Hannah and Ellie Pilkington
  • The Richards Family
  • The Ruhland Family
  • The Whitmarsh Family
  • The Prep School PTA
  • and one anonymous donor

The Impact of Giving

Find out how your support of St Catherine's makes a difference: