As Head since 2012 I am the proud leader of a school dedicated to providing an exceptional education to young girls aged 4 to 11 in a happy learning environment. We have around 260 girls in the Prep School and in most years 2 classes per age group. Whilst we are academically selective and have high expectations, we welcome girls as individuals with their unique characters, skills and interests.
With small class sizes and specialist teachers we know how to inspire, motivate and engage girls. We are focused on developing your daughter’s abilities – whether that is be learning to read at the age of 4, being introduced to coding aged 7 or analysing life-cycles aged 10. We also provide a myriad of opportunities for your daughter to grow in confidence, whether that be presenting in Assembly, speaking to younger girls on Modern Foreign Language day in her native tongue or completing a week’s residential trip to France.
The Prep School is located across the road from the Senior School. The advantage of this is that we have the feel of a village school yet share the Senior School’s outstanding facilities such as the swimming pool, 350 seat Auditorium and the playing fields. Families tend to live within a short drive or within walking distance of the school. Both you and your daughter are welcomed as members of the St Catherine’s community and we invite you to work in partnership with us as your daughter grows into a confident, happy, articulate and bright young girl. We prepare girls for entry to a number of outstanding senior schools whether that be here at St Catherine’s or another school of your choice.
Please do take the opportunity to come and visit us, in person or indeed virtually for the moment, and in doing so you’ll really see the value of a St Catherine’s education and experience the unique spirit of our community.
Miss Naomi Bartholomew, MA BEd Cantab, QTS, MA London
Prep School Headmistress
Member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools and the Girls School Association
Governor at Oakwood Prep School
Independent Schools Inspectorate Team Inspector