Nearly all members of the boarding staff have academic roles in the School as well as boarding responsibilities. This has the great advantage that the girls are well-known to staff who see them in every context both in and out of the classroom and have a sympathetic understanding of each girl’s needs. They are also a very helpful resource during prep. time!
Your daughter will be in a School House alongside day pupils and will have a School Housemistress and a School House Tutor as well as a Boarding Housemistress (BHM). The girls are registered each day in their School classroom. There is very close liaison between the School and boarding houses and the BHM is kept abreast of your daughter’s progress in all areas of School life. Similarly, tutors are kept informed of anything that arises in boarding that will help them to care for your daughter.
The Christian tradition underpins everything we do at St Catherine’s and the boarding community is built on this. We welcome pupils of all faiths and none. At the heart of the school is our beautiful chapel which is a place of reverence where the spiritual part of our lives can be nourished. Our Chaplain, Rev’d Dr Benji McNair Scott, leads our worship and on Wednesday evenings the boarding community meets for a short service – a time for reflection, prayer and quiet. Boarders may join the Chapel Choir and all U3s sing in this for their first year. On Sundays, all boarders join the morning service in Bramley village church.
There is a team of qualified Nursing Sisters/First Aiders who provide care throughout the week and at the weekend. They are a key part of the resident boarding team, working closely with boarding staff in tending to the girls’ medical needs. Should your daughter feel unwell during the day, she can go to the Medical Centre. Surgery takes place after breakfast and after supper. At night, she should go to the member of staff on duty. The School Doctor, a mother of teenage daughters, comes into school once a week and also works at the local surgery where appointments can be made at other times.
All boarding staff and School House tutors are very approachable and willing to listen when any girl has something on her mind. Our Chaplain is very kind and girls can see him at specified times or leave a note for him to contact them. The experience of Senior Boarders, a team of U6 girls, makes them a useful port of call for any uncertainties about boarding life. An independant listener, who is not directly connected with the running of the School, can be contacted by any girl who wishes to talk in greater confidence. Older girls can also use the services of our school counsellor.