Senior PTA

What we do

The Parent Teacher Association of St Catherine’s Senior School, the PTA, is composed of parents and teachers who volunteer their time and energy to provide the social link between the school and parents. The PTA aim to put on a range of events throughout the year that will appeal to many across all year groups. This ensures that parents are able to meet others both within their daughter’s year and also across the whole school, thus promoting a sense of community.

In addition to the social side, the PTA uses surplus funds from events to provide the Annual PTA Lecture and support School fundraising initiatives.  In the recent years parents have enjoyed talks by Dr JoAnn Deak on the development of a child's brain, UCL Professor Sarah-Jayne Blackemore on the workings of the adolescent brain and last year, Dick Moore, who spoke on adolescent mental health and resilience.  Last year surplus funds were used to buy a range of items for the girls benefit that fell outside the scope of the school fees.  In 2017/2018 the PTA provided funds to digitise some of the schools most precious archive material.   

Finally the PTA Second Hand Uniform shop provides an invaluable service to parents in both the Prep and Senior School and generates considerable funds for the PTA.

PTA Representatives

Every parent and teacher is invited to be a member of the PTA and a voluntary annual subscription is collected along with the school fees each year. The committee is composed of around 20 parents and teachers across the school, voted in each year at the AGM. Being on the committee really is a fun and rewarding way to meet other parents and be more actively involved in school life. 

Alison Cocks ​(Merriman L5)

Catherine Campbell (U4 and L6 Russel Baker) 

Dr Kathrin Schmidt (L5, Midleton)

Farida Farooqi
​Tanya Epshteyn

House Rep Coordinator
Liz Earl (L5 and L6 Merriman)

Boarding Rep
Seema Buckley (L4)


Staff Representation
Mrs Alice Phillips
Sheila Kelsall
Clare Woodgates
Rebecca Devine
Pippa Carte

​Dawn Pilkington



Committee Members:

Fazia Cater
(L5 and U6 ​Midleton)
Julia Dixon
​(U4 Musgrave)
Simon Eaves
(U5 and U6 ​Stoner)
Hilary Langtry
​(U5 Merriman)
Rachel Lewis
(U6 ​Russell Baker)
Sheila Maxwell
​(U3 and U4 Midleton)
Josette Pipe
​(L5 Ashcombe)
Sam Rae
​(U5 Musgrave)
Penny Sixsmith
​(L6 ​Musgrave)
Veronica Povey
(L6 Stoner)


House Reps

Ofovwe Aig-Imoukhuede U3
Allis Aherne U3
Ami Vere Nicoll L4
Alison Roche L4
Iona Turner U4
Steph Eccles U4
Mark Cocks L5
Richard Brown L5

Emma Hardaker U3
Kate Thompson U3
Avril Silva L4
Catherine Urrutia U4
Yola Vasileiou-Garawal L5

Kirsty Huxley U3
​Jane Arnold L4
Lucy Ford U4
​Julie Yound L5

Linda MacLachlan U3
Alison Marriott U3
Amrusta Blignaut L4 and L5

Russell Baker
Elleen Boye U3
Juliet Shadrick U3
Henny Buschow L4
​Karen Cartwright L4
Lois Lewis U4
Victoria Cardozo L5

Wendy Bagnall Clark U3
Sarah Walsh U3
Sue Clarke L4
Caroline Dore L4
​Helen Zagaoraiou U4
Fran Davidson L5
Suzy Naughalty L5

How to join

We are always looking for new committee members so if you would like to know more about what’s involved or simply offer your help at one of the events we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact the PTA Chair, Alison Cocks on

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Second Hand Uniform Shop generates additional funds for the PTA from the sale of preloved uniform. This is run by a dedicated team of parents and provides an invaluable service to many. For opening times, terms and conditions and latest news please go to: Senior PTA - Second Hand Uniform Shop.   

The Second Hand Shop also provide a new service - the PTA Online Shop is a platform which allows current and former families at St. Catherine's to trade in non-uniform items such as musical, ski wear, D of E, Sports Sundries, and wanted items. Please visit: Senior PTA - Online Second Hand Shop.

Fundraising Update

In the calendar year 2018, the Senior PTA was able to donate £13,400 to the school to provide among others: a tent for the sports depatment for away matches, honour boards from 1985 onwards, microphones for the drama department, dance costumes for the dance department, extending archives to 1960s and 1970s. PTA Awards are also made annually to 6th Form Students to assist with travel or vocational work during their summer holidays or gap years.  We are very grateful to all parents for their continued support of our events allowing us to make such donations to the School.  

For further information regarding the finances of the PTA, please refer to the attached 2016 Annual Report.