St Catherine of Siena
Welcome to our website – whether you are a parent, pupil, friend or visitor, we hope that it gives you a flavour of how we celebrate our wonderfully diverse, innovative and thriving community. We are blessed by amazing pupils, parents, governors and staff who work together to ensure life in all its fullness for the children entrusted to our care, in a happy, safe and optimistic environment. All our policies and practice reflect the distinctive nature of our Catholic school and are inspired by our Mission Statement, ‘Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire.’
We were founded by the Dominican Sisters in 1964, still maintain close links with them and are proud to continue with their rich tradition of providing excellence in education, instilling in our children a love of learning and a passion for life. In a rapidly changing world, we promote learning behaviours and critical skills which will enable our pupils to thrive and flourish.
We encourage collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking, in order to embrace the challenges of the 21st Century. We trust that this means that pupils leave, at the end of Year Six, having grown in the knowledge and love of God, themselves and the world in which we live, as well rounded, happy, confident individuals, who are fully equipped with the experiences, understanding, judgments and skills they need to embrace the opportunities ahead.
Our website is intended to be used by both children and their parents as an introduction and insight into the hopes and aspirations of our school community. We are constantly updating the website with school information, important dates, Tweets, newsletters and news but if you feel there is anything you would like to see that we haven’t included, then please do let us know. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us here at the school and we will do our very best to answer them for you.
Places Still Available
Due to the unusual situation of admitting 60 pupils this year, we still have some places available for 2021 for EYFS and Year 1.
Please watch our school videos, look at our Twitter feed and explore our website to get a real feel for life at St Cath’s. Key information can be found on the EYFS, Prospective Parents and Admissions pages of the website.
Please see the recording of our first Zoom session for parents:
How likely is it that my child will get a place at St Catherine’s?
We are generally a heavily oversubscribed school, with a waiting list for all classes. However, in EYFS 2020-2021 and EYFS 2021-2022 we have a double cohort, so have 60 places. This means that families who would normally be unlikely to get a space, may be admitted. We are full committed to our Catholic ethos, but do not require a Certificate of Catholic Practice. We also warmly welcome applications from families of other faiths or none.