Location and School Campus

Location, Location, Location!

Anyone who thinks Surrey is nothing but suburbia should venture beyond the M25 London orbital, to be amazed by the beauty of a county whose proximity to London belies its green hills, acres of forests and picturesque, quintessential English villages.

St Catherine’s location at the heart of Bramley village in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers some of England’s most stunning and accessible countryside. Just a 10 minute bus or car ride away is Guildford, our local town, which offers a multiplex cinema, two theatres, and historic buildings including a medieval castle,Tudor houses and, of course, plenty of shops!

According to The Halifax, people living in the borough of Waverley, centred around the towns of Farnham, Haslemere and Godalming, enjoy the best overall quality of life in the UK. It topped a list of areas because of its combination of relative prosperity, employment, good health, house prices and even weather.


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Bramley

Bramley High Street

Haslemere High Street


Haslemere High Street


Tilford 

Chobham Common


Dunsfold


Frensham Great Pond


Shamley Green

Surrey: Best Places to Live according to Country Life November 2015

Haslemere

  • Commute: Haslemere (London Waterloo, 52 minutes). Frequency of trains: 3 per hour (peak). First train in: 5.26am; last train home: 11.45pm. Annual season ticket: £3,864. Annual car-park ticket: £1,050.
  • Commute to St Catherine’s Bramley – by School coach from Station & High St
  • The Country Life verdict: The market town has a particularly charming centre with a monthly farmer’s market and an interesting museum.

Farnham

  • Commute: Farnham (London Waterloo, 54 minutes). Frequency of trains: 2 trains per hour (peak). First train in: 5.56am; last train home: 12.05am. Annual season ticket: £3,780. Annual car-park ticket: £1,040.
  • Commute to St Catherine’s, Bramley – by daily School coach
  • The Country Life verdict: Farnham has  picture-perfect Georgian Castle Street, on which you could easily imagine characters from a Jane Austen novel gathering to admire a new hat shop. It’s got a particularly musical, cultured ambience.
  • Alternatives: Churt, Dockenfield and Crondall are also popular. Tilford is exceptional, with its quintessential English cricket green.

Chobham

  • Commute: Woking (London Waterloo, 28 minutes). Frequency of trains: 11 per hour (peak). First train in: 5.29am; last train home: 1.05am. Annual season ticket: £3,052. Annual car-park ticket: £1,300.
  • Commute to St Catherine’s, Bramley- by School coach from Woking/Horsell
  • The Country Life verdict: A pretty village, very much a conservation area, with several pubs and antique shops. The common is the largest National Nature reserve in the South-East and one of the finest remaining examples of lowland heath in the world.

Dunsfold

  • Commute: Godalming (London Waterloo, 46 minutes). Frequency: 4 per hour (peak). First train in: 5.40am; last train home: 11.45pm. Annual season ticket: £3,556. Annual car-park ticket: £1,000.
  • Commute to St Catherine’s, Bramley – about 20 minutes by car
  • The Country Life verdict: Dunsfold is served only by local roads, so the village enjoys a tranquility that’s difficult to find. Enjoys an active community spirit including the ‘tone and groan’ ladies’ keep-fit class, an amateur-dramatic society and a cricket team.

Frensham

  • Commute: Farnham ((London Waterloo, 54 minutes). Frequency of trains: 2 trains per hour (peak). First train in: 5.56am; last train home: 12.05am. Annual season ticket: £3,780. Annual car-park ticket: £1,040.
  • Commute to St Catherine’s, Bramley – by School coach from Tilford
  • The Country Life verdict : Has a community-run village shop-cum-post office. Set within the open heathland of Frensham Common, it contains the National Trust-owned Frensham Great and Little Ponds. Originally built to supply fish to the Bishop of Winchester, the ponds and surrounding area are now a wildlife sanctuary.

Shamley Green

  • Commute: Godalming (London Waterloo, 46 minutes).  Frequency: 4 per hour (peak). First train in: 5.40am; last train home: 11.45pm. Annual season ticket: £3,556. Annual car-park ticket: £1,000.
  • Commute to St Catherine’s, Bramley – 10 minutes or less by car
  • The Country Life verdict: Sheltering underneath the Surrey Hills AONB, this semi-rural village with village green and duck pond is on a good route into Guildford and is near the excellent St Catherine’s School, Bramley.