I am so sorry that Frequentdriver has felt compelled to post on here because she believes that St Catherine’s Bullying Policy is ineffective. Tbh, she settled fast and so well compared to her prep school where she struggled to settle and didn’t receive the expected support to help her settle in (Y7). This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 2 messages.). Lacrosse is a big factor in sport. She didn’t suffer from bullying but it was present but am sure a lot of schools do suffer, it was unsettling however as I am not sure it was dealt with in the best way. We are just in the process of withdrawing our daughter as the environment is toxic. St Catherines, Bramley, provides an all-round, outstanding education for girls in an environment where there is no embarrasserine's welcomes both boarders and day pupils. They are constantly competing with each other. It backs up entirely my view when I dismissed it several years ago. Serious issues can and do happen in schools (however brilliant they are), but having clear and robust policies in place to deal with situations when they happen is critical. So if you're bottom id imagine that's pretty shit. DH has gone off in an ambulance, AIBU to be angry to be Trespassed by a dog. I note the original post was about bullying and have to say that the senior staff are probably the most blinkered we have ever come across. Are you posting these things with personal experience all of you? You are currently looking at a school which has completely lost sight of its purpose and potential. My advice is to be sure it is the right fit for your DD. Somehow all the negative comments were made by posters who only have had 1 post. We're very happy with the school. It is quite refreshing to see some honesty on here. Nice glossy brochure to draw you in however when you arrive something just doesn’t feel right. Leagues. Hi everyone, we are overseas parent and going to apply St Catherine's school for DD at her Y9. St Cats is more traditional country boarding school. Susiesophie thank you for your post! As we extend this welcome to you, we desire to share with you what we discern we are called by God to do and be in this community. I am saddened that all this negative sentiment is posted. This thread is damning. St Catherine's School, Station Road, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0DF. I know parents from almost every year with these issues, and many that have just moved their girls out- its ultimately all you can do when you hit trouble. Alice Phillips would be absolutely mortified to read this. Sounds very worried for us, might consider not send our Daughter there. E+O_crop. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. This is page 1 of 3 (This thread has 52 messages.). This is not what I'm reading hear. Alice Phillips would be absolutely mortified to read this. We are proud of the fact that we … Find out what Mumsnet users thought of Echo by Lloyd’s Pharmacy. The head is a genuine and is proactive in ensuring children are treated as individuals. LEARN MORE. 7-9 – 56%. I don’t come on Mumsnet very often, and was shocked when I did this morning, to see a couple of very negative reviews about St Catherine’s. Independent Boarding and Day School for Girls age 4 -18. U4 girls are supported in making their GCSE option choices through a combination of talks and personal discussions with heads of academic departments and tutors. We are pleased with the quality of their academics and extra curricular activities that the school has to offer. This is a very fine school with superb teachers and an inspirational Head. My sister is in education and was able to advise us on this and said that their policy stood for nothing.We are desperately sad to be leaving this should have been an incredible experience. Small class sizes. Overseas Study Tours are offered annually to enrich the study of areas such as History, Art, Music, Languages, Geography and STEM from Years 8 to 12. as this will give you a clear current picture. Everyone else will struggle They place a lot of emphasis on competition. She cares deeply about every single girl and staff member, and would not rest until a matter such as this was resolved. Search Go. Good Schools Guide - St Catherine's, Bramley. I've got friends whose daughters have left to go to Bournemouth, Durham, Manchester, Cambridge universities having been encouraged to pursue interests from animation to vet science. Posted: 22nd August 2019. I have heard it gets better as the girls get older, but in lower school when girls hormones and emotions are high, it is not a happy place. I know the post is now a couple of months old, but I really hope Frequentdriver has made a point of going straight to Mrs Phillips who would take these issues incredibly seriously and would do all in her power to ensure there was as positive an outcome as possible. And did you have the same concerns years ago ? Personally, I've never liked the St Cat's vibe... Oh, and the 'no blame' policy is insane. Does anyone know if there are many London boarders at St Cats? Handhold please. I do agree with the original post that it has changed recently, as I heard so many wonderful things prior to my DD joining the senior school. I strongly believe focus has been lost due construction plans to the detriment of the school and more importantly the girls. K girls crop. Not necessarily academic to be honest....have found equally bright girls in other schools and my DD has had to catch up in some subjects. I am minded to think that if she has been there so long she must have good experience of the issues and how to deal with this modern world we now live in. I have seen parents heads sag when it was announced there would be a further delay to the Cataylst centre as the art centre had been given priority, quite bewildering until you discover that the school has a shortfall in its pension fund, now all common knowledge. I am sure eventually, and we are talking years of re-building, the school will bounce back, however I cannot see how this will happen until they have a serious shake up from the top down. Any request to bring in other pupils as witnesses is denied. In the Fifth Form girls attend Careers lessons and complete the Morr… The formal careers programme begins in U4 with a weekly lecture which informs and inspires girls as they consider their career potential. There is no drug abuse ( that my daughter is aware of ) and definitely no bullying at the school. Have been reaching out to people I know to get a view and started reading the policy last night. On behalf of my daughter, I’ve seen a lot of bullying in st Catherine’s as many other mothers have said - and, I can’t believe it’s got to the point that I have to say this, the majority of bullying in my daughters experience has been from the teachers. Head Alice Phillips is admired by pupils and parents, described as a ‘positive leader’ with a … At St Catherine's the headmistress is a formidable manager, very assertive with the view to the parents that she"would tolerate anything but unkindness". In line with the UK Government announcements of Thursday 17th December, we confirm that girls in the Prep. When over competitive girls find themselves in an environment where the teachers get away with lying and covering their tracks, and the girls can intimidate and bully with no real threat of consequences, bullying is bound to be a problem. IMG_1092. I feel much better now having read that as a current parent! Hope that helps. Impressive new build. 6-9 – 80%. To say this even though I will get flamed for it? And the teacher seems doesn't care and not deal with it properly??? Thxx. Current St Catherine’s families, along with our alumni, future students, and current and past parents and staff, are all active, generous, enthusiastic and supportive members of the St Catherine’s School community. As with any development of this size, budgets are stretched and workloads are increased. St. Catherine’s International ... 2020-11-18. Staff are already stretched without taking on additional roles and it is understandable how the current situation could occur. We are pleased with the quality of their academics and extra curricular activities that the school has to offer. @123EyesOnMe ... it really is .. surprisingly so. The Headmistress talks about the importance of kindness, but doesn’t understand that herself it seems. All lessons are normally 30 minutes. I can only speak as I find. St Catherine's has 408 in the school so she'll be a much bigger fish. My younger one is there now and thriving. I shall visit St Catherine’s and see what I think of the Head’s presentation. Full disclosure. If I were considering sending a child here, I'd review these policy documents carefully (they must be available on their website)...so that you know their position.Best of all, ask a greater cross-section of current parents and girls for their view (NO offence to posters here!) Rather put off by the Head of Tormead departing this year and the Head of GHS on sabbatical too. nextdoor-feb22-2019. Senior School: +44 (0)1483 893363. Is there anyone else out there that can provide their view ? I think that all schools have issues such as bullying at any time and there are always going to be children who are unhappy. A comprehensive package of Careers advice and guidance is available to the girls both within the curriculum and also outside normal lessons. St Cats is more academic (not far off GHS level) so very similar academic environment and pressure. The bully gets to respond (but lying is obviously very common) , but I know of many cases where the outcome is "what can we do to address the sensitivity of the child who has lodged the complaint". I hope you find this helpful and hopefully it’s not coming too late. So far I have been impressed with all I have seen. IMG_1045. Once parents look at how much is on offer, the financial sums add up. Art and drama are not a focus, sport and music seem to take priority to creative arts generally. CAT CLUB - Prep School After School Care. To say this even though I will get flamed for it? @PennyBriteBased upon your previous Mumsnet postings your girls left St Catherine’s 6 years ago? St Catherine's School opened in 1885 with seventeen pupils, most of whom were boarders. St. Catherine's School Interactive Calendar Information for the current term is confirmed on the last day of each term for the next term. St Catherine’s offers a range of tours to cater for the many interests of our students and the diversity of our curriculum. But I believe this may change as you go further up the school and the girls drop a few subjects. Do you have questions about creating positive bathroom habits and routines? St Catherine's Alumnae Newsletter Summer 2019. w w w. stcatheri n es .info. Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:50 pm . Year-round specialists. Socialmedia. There are ample and varied activities at the weekends to positively engage the boarders. St Catherine's, Bramley - Annual Information Booklet 2019 - 2020 Make you wonder how and why. There are some brilliant musicians (classical music is focus). It is hugely unfortunate as some teachers are truly dedicated and the girls love them and the facilities are undoubtedly outstanding. A level results excellent across the board – no weak areas... Lots of options, lots of opportunities – real education takes place here. I have never heard something so ridiculous in all the schools I've been involved with (and that's quite a few!). tigers. It does sound like they deal with bullying very poorly. Very academic girls will do well. Summer 2020 Results: Public examinations were cancelled in Summer 2020 due to Covid-19 and candidates were awarded a Centre Assessment Grade or the exam board grade calculated from an algorithm, whichever was the higher. This intimidating approach to processes is particularly true of their bullying policy. She really does stress kindness to everyone...always but perhaps in this case this hasn’t been effectively conveyed which is very unfortunate for all concerned, not least Frequentdriver’s precious daughter (and I mean precious in the original definition of the word). I don’t come on Mumsnet very often, and was shocked when I did this morning, to see a couple of very negative reviews about St Catherine’s. I completely understand your historical position (albeit quite a few disagreed with your opinion) however there have been fundamental changes at the school and it would be remiss for me not to point out that your perspective is clearly out of date. We have a DD currently at St Catherine’s and have to say that the senior school has deteriorated over the last few years. My views are of the senior school, I have to say that the Prep school was outstanding and personally have not had any issues, however I believe the number of girls leaving in the early years has increased which has raised eyebrows. Trust me: bullying is very common. The School is especially proud of the very strong results in Physics, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Art, Psychology, Food and Nutrition, and Geography. There are better girls schools in the area....by far! Hi Schoolcircles: We have a daughter in Y7 at St Catherine's so please feel free to PM me if you'd like to know anything. But if your daughter doesn’t fit the school it is quite a hard place to be. She moved to the Sixth Form at St Cats where within weeks, teachers picked up a specific learning difficulty and a serious health issue which her previous independent school hadn't in 5 years, and dealt with it brilliantly. DH has gone off in an ambulance, AIBU to be angry to be Trespassed by a dog. Thanks in advance. Dates beyond the current term are provisional and given for guidance only. As the previous post suggested, the Headmistress, Mrs Phillips would be very sad that this has not been discussed with her. Another friend scrimps and saves to send her daughter there, and seeing her thrive, doesn't begrudge a penny. One only regrets she didn't send her daughter there earlier as the other Guildford school she chose for her daughter at 11, didn't offer the buzz and the intellectual stimulation needed, (she didn't work that hard along with most of her friends). I am looking myself for a school in the Guildford area for my goddaughter who is overseas and I have only heard good things about it and in particular about the pastoral care being excellent. St Peter is the Patron Saint of Hascombe, of which parish Musgrave was rector for forty-four years, and St Paul, represents the fact that St Catherine’s School was a Missionary Guild at the time, and Musgrave had a great interest in the foreign Missions. In the Best Schools league tables (www.best-schools.co.uk ) St Catherine’s, Bramley is comfortably in the UK’s Top five Girls’ Boarding Schools based on the percentage of A* and A grades gained at A-level, and yet, has the lowest fees by some margin. St Catherine's is now enjoying the Christmas Holidays after a selection of virtual Carol Services, Nativity Play, House Film Festival and Boarders' High Table marked the final days of term. Everyone's position in the class is known to the girls. Some extras are supplied by self-employed teachers who issue independent invoices. Find out what Mumsnet users thought of Echo by Lloyd’s Pharmacy. You then start getting bombarded with requests for money like a hotel offering timeshares and not taking no for an answer. Friends and colleagues have daughters at the school. I have a ds so the school isn't relevant to me. I know most people would choose SHS because it's perceived as "better" but we are leaning towards St C. Now that their sixth form is well established I think they'll go from strength to strength. Miss Susan Burnett was the founding headmistress. Please could anyone share information for the school? I notice a number of old threads on choosing girls schoolas around Guildford so I thought this post might help anyone deciding on girls' schools in the area at the moment. I know of two girls who have moved from St Cats to my daughter's year group at Tormead in recent years citing bullying as the reason. Open. @123EyesOnMe thanks. Major Amendments will be notified by Clarion Call. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. (New thread)I have had girls at St Catherine's for almost 10 years, through Prep, Senior and 6th form. Preparatory School: +44 (0)1483 899665 The cuture there is very different. To be honest your daughter needs to excel at something to thrive, otherwise sadly the competitive environment means her confidence gets knocked. Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. Can't image if she gets bully and teacher take no blame action over there . None of us like to have our DDs involved in anything like this but with teenagers it is surely inevitable in any school? She is a fabulous Headmistress who is, at all times, only trying to get the best out of the girls at school and she does it very well! A “no blame” policy gives the girls the false sense that there would not be any consequences to your action in the future which we all know is just ludicrous. Do you have questions about creating positive bathroom habits and routines? Charts. It does have some excellent teachers but sadly they are in the minority. Up to 1 hour £6.00; Up to 1.5 hours £9.00; Up to 2.5 hours £12.00. IMG_1042. St Catherine's, Bramley - Annual Information Booklet 2019 - 2020 @owhysoseriousGHS (first choice; amazing school! )TormeadSt Swithuns....but these things are very personal and everyone needs to make the right call for their daughter and family. In 2019/20, St Catherine’s fielded six senior teams in the Lacrosse National Championships, the highest number ever entered by one school and testament to the ‘give-it-a-go’ ethos. E 10-23-18 Assembly-17. And I know some girls there who are very happy from what I hear. Title: St Catherine's Sixth Form Prospectus 2019, Author: St Catherine's, Bramley, Name: St Catherine's Sixth Form Prospectus 2019, Length: 44 pages, Page: 25, Published: 2018-10-02 Issuu company logo Prior's Field is very relaxed and more of a modern twist. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. Why not go and discuss further with some of the senior teaching staff as I am sure that they could help and they would want to hear of your issues? They will always push concerns under the carpet rather than address them directly and god forbid you raise any issues, a few of the senior staff require a series of people management classes. ), and all speak highly of the school. Agree, prep is wonderful.... sad that senior school doesn’t live up to expectations. Best wishes. They adopt a "no-blame" policy- which initially sounds great (and probably is if you child is the bully in question) but essentially means that any complaint by a child of bullying means that child is "interviewed" at length, in class hours, to everyone's knowledge, causing more drama and pressure on an already victimised child. girls-reading. The Head at St Cat’s is also a very nice and warm lady. I would make the following analogy for anyone considering the school. Good luck. They have too many staff members who struggle with the quality of their teaching and their behaviour in class. Handhold please. It runs a strong house system with tons of forced activities. Can I ask which school(s) you chose / shortlisted instead? Hi Loveorange, my DD started Y9 at St Catherine’s Bramley last September and our experience so far is that St Catherine’s is an excellent school. The Headmistress, staff and students at St Catherine’s School are delighted with their excellent GCSE results this year: 8-9 – 33%. Things are not so bad (for us at least) that I have had to move my children out-although we have come close, but they will be leaving before 6th form to places that value individualism as well as kindness. A well- established House system encourages fosters friendships and offers leadership opportunities. st Catherine’s - where to start. My DD is a full boarder even though she’s permitted to go home at the weekends if we ask permission for that. Support for diverse learners. Yes, some of the girls who attend the school come from wealthy Surrey families (aga, swimming pool, pony and holidays in St Lucia), but lots don't and, most importantly, the ethos of the school itself is very down-to-earth. I have friends whose daughters are sporty, musical, arty, quiet, not quiet (! Hi Loveorange, my DD started Y9 at St Catherine’s Bramley last September and our experience so far is that St Catherine’s is an excellent school. Value without compromises. Can I ask what sort of girl are right fit ? Alice Phillips is approachable and would always prioritise an unhappy girl above all else without any shadow of a doubt. She did really well, was very happy and I really cannot ever remember any bullying. St. Catherine School 8524 8th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115 206.525.0581. image1(1) IMG_2919. IMG_1047. Sadly this culture has got worse over the last 5 years I would say, not helped by a head that refuses to hear this message from concerned parents. There are very grand plans afoot with developing the site, I have no doubt that the facilities will be amazing in 6 or 7 years when complete. IMG_4306. I am so sorry that Frequentdriver has felt compelled to post on here because she believes that St Catherine’s Bullying Policy is ineffective. St Catherine’s prides itself on being a cohesive and unique School community. We are thinking to send our daughter to St Catherine to boarding and start this sept .Is there any other st Catherine parent could share their experience for the school?? Inquiry-based learning. Welcome to St Catherine’s Anglican Church Bramley We greet you in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we warmly welcome you. Face-to face classes in all Hong Kong kindergartens have been suspended by the g... Further School Closure. Please don't write me off as having no current knowledge or understanding of St Cats. However this is not the case across the road at the Senior school. It fits the right sort of girl. St Catherine’s, Bramley, offers an unparalleled educational and boarding experience, set in extensive grounds in the heart of the Surrey Hills, yet within an hour of London and Heathrow and Gatwick International airports. I don’t even know where the school is but in this day and age, it will be near impossible to get away with something like it is being described here. The Prep school is strong, well run and the culture is open and honest. By never acknowledging any blame lies with the bully, the victims stop complaining (or more likely eventually leave the school) and the school gets to claim they have very few instances of bullying. Post subject: st catherines twickenham v Surbiton Girls. However unless pupils can be protected from the individuals who bully and intimidate (both girls and staff) I could not recommend this school to anyone. It is very academic which is great, but there are plenty of others with that offering who are not suffering the same problems and as an employer of over 30 years, this isn’t the be all and end all. 4-9 – 99%. No knowledge of this, but if that genuinely is school policy then that alone should raise serious questions. Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. This very negative writing about St Catherine's school really is sad to see as I have 2 girls, one who has been there. Any escalation to senior management literally takes weeks and your daughter will be quizzed over and over again to the point where they realise any complaint is not worth it and they begin to fear retribution from the teacher in question. St Catherine’s, Bramley. St Catherine’s provides a secure and happy learning environment where students are fostered in an atmosphere of trust and love. St Catherine’s, Bramley]Independent Boarding and Day School for Girls age 4 -18. Over the years my children have been shouted at, called names (yes really) and when parents take the trouble to complain about a teacher ( and there are many, many instances of complaints) the policy is for the teacher to deny all. Alice (Phillips) has reached the end of her tenure, however I imagine she will hang around until the construction projects have been finished. We really like the school and local friends would be a bonus if weekly boarding? Goodness - I am considering the school and I have to say that I am a more than a little concerned about the comments posted. But I have friends whose daughters do go there and friends who have pulled their daughters out. We are especially happy with the pastoral care. Thank you to SurreyMumDD for her post though - I shall keep an open mind. It brings us great joy and excitement to announce the 10th anniversary of our nu... Faust and Science Workshop wil... 2020-11-13. The school was founded during a time when various movements within the Church of England and other Christian denominations were pushing for more freedom for women, especially in matters such as participating in services and in education. 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