Buildings & Facilities

The Govenors’ Strategic Plan for the School and 20 year development plan for the School site is revisited annually and advice and guidance sought from the School Architects.  The balance we strike is always in favour of expenditure on teaching and learning, and having the right academic staff throughout the school is what we call our A* priority.  

To deliver outstanding lessons, teachers need many resources, including technology, books, materials etc.  The buildings in which they work are important too, and a balance has to be struck to ensure that the facilities are ‘fit for purpose’ and enabling teachers to excel as they eduate all our girls. 

Schools aim to make a modest surplus from their income to invest in new buildings and facilities. These pages offer you a quick look at recent building projects and what is on offer for our students.  In particular we highlight here: 

The 125th ANNIVERSARY HALLS  – our major development of the last decade, were dedicated by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in February 2014. The whole school community benefits from this award-winning facility which includes a 300-seat auditorium, boasting some of the best acoustics in the country.  An orchestra pit, technical box and recording studio provide St Catherine’s girls with exciting opportunities to enjoy Music and Drama. The Auditorium offers a capacious environment for weekly Senior School assemblies and has proved a perfect venue to host prestigious speakers. 

The equally impressive sports’ facilities, adjacent, offers a multi-purpose sports’ hall, dance studio, gymnasium, swimming pool, squash court and fully-fitted fitness suite.

  • The Millennium Building – home of Languages, Modern and Classical, and Chemistry
  • The John Palmer Arts Centre – home of Fine Art, Photography, Computer Aided Design and Design Technology
  • The Centenary Building – Sixth Form Boarding and Common Room 
  • The Lecture Theatre – recently refurbishment, having been part of the Centenary development.
School Facilities