Head's Welcome

As Head since 2012 I am the proud leader of a school dedicated to providing an exceptional education to young girls aged 3 to 11 in a happy learning environment.  We have around 240 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.

*New Pre-School*   I am delighted to announce that from September 2024, we will be extending our early years provision to girls from age 3.  Our Pre-School girls will be part of our busy and vibrant Pre-Prep, enjoying the benefits of being part of a school with exciting events, extensive facilities and specialist teaching.  Click here to learn more.

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 problem-solving at age 3, being introduced to coding aged 4 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. 


St Catherine's Prep School
Click on the image below to see so much of what is on offer here and, in particular, the happiness of the girls and their joy in learning.

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.  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


Thoughts from the Study