Foundation Day


Up Coming Events


Sunday 23rd September

Recipe for a Successful Celebration


  • 1.30-2.00pm Registration
  • 2.00pm Chapel Service of Celebration
  • 2.45pm Create the Future - a brief introduction to the future vision for the school
  • 2.55pm Behind the scenes on 
  • BBC’s Britain’s Best Home Cook 2018 (#BBHC)
  • 3.45pm Tours of the School
  • Create the Future displays
  • 4.00-5.00pm Afternoon Tea


Open to ALL members of the St Catherine’s Association are welcome: alumnae, current & former parents, staff, governors and girls! 

Speaker - Philip Friend

Our multi-talented Maths teacher, Philip Friend*, will be giving us a fascinating insight into what it was like to be a contestant on Britain’s Best Home Cook 2018, his chats with Claudia Winkleman and being judged by Mary Berry! Taste a delicious Foundation Day Cake baked by his own fair hand.

Bring your Friends

There will be plenty of time to catch up with friends.  If you would like to organise a mini reunion we can reserve  tables so you can sit together. Partners and children are also very welcome.

Book your place

There is no charge – please email:  Any queries please call 01483 899692.  

Foundation Day 24th September 2017

The sun shone and alumnae of all ages, current & former parents and staff, as well as friends in the local area, joined us on Sunday, 24th September 2017 for Foundation Day which celebrates the birthday of the school in 1885, when St Catherine’s opened with 11 boarders and 6 day scholars.

Over 60 members of the Association gathered at 2pm for a lovely Chapel Service, led by Rev’d Dr Benji McNair Scott, on the theme of ‘Awe and Wonder”, and as part of the Intercessory prayers we remembered Lottie Fullerton, Year of 2013, who sadly died in a tragic trekking accident in Nepal in August.

It was a short stroll to the Lecture Theatre for a fascinating and insightful Keynote talk on “The Value of Art: Size Matters and Beauty Sells!”, by Sian Folley (2005), who is a specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby’s. She gave us riveting insights into the art market, the valuation and auction process and explained why some artists’ work command such extraordinary prices. She had many behind-the-scenes stories to share and there was a lively Q&A session at the end. 

The afternoon ended with a delicious cream tea in the dining room with much chat and laughter, catching up and networking. There was also the opportunity for a hands-on experience of our new digital archive. Several groups enjoyed a tour and were delighted to see how the school had changed.

Do come along and join us next year on 23rd September 2018 for the 133rd birthday party.