St Catherine's School Sydney

We are a school for unique young women of character, ready to make their mark on the world. 

We foster each student’s individuality to help them discover their potential, develop their abilities and achieve their dreams.  

We are Australia’s oldest Anglican girls’ school and believe this rich heritage, coupled with our vast educational offering, is key to our success.

Welcome

Founded in 1856, St Catherine’s is Australia’s oldest Anglican girls’ school. 

With 168 years of experience in educating young women, we offer a rigorous academic program and one of the broadest curriculum choices available.

We welcome students from Kindergarten to Year 12, with boarders joining us from Year 7. 

We are an Anglican school educating young women for life.

Senior school students walking through the cloisters at St Catherine's - educating young women

Guided by strong values

Integrity

Courage

Relationships

Service

Why a girls' school?

St Catherine’s is a proud member of the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools. Our teaching is intentionally tailored to girls – with our learning environment designed to give unparalleled opportunities for students to find their own voices, thrive in STEM and sports, develop self-confidence and grow as leaders.

In a girls’ school, young women are empowered to fearlessly explore every subject area, experience every cocurricular activity and seize every leadership opportunity.

Research has consistently proven that girls in single-sex schools achieve higher academic outcomes and have higher self-esteem and confidence.

Attending a girls’ school has helped St Catherine’s students to achieve:

  • 10 top in-state rankings for the 2023 Higher School Certificate.
  • First in-state rankings in English and EAL/D.
  • A national ranking in Robotics.
  • A Rowing scholarship to Harvard.
  • The highest possible Cadet rank.
  • Three gold medals and Top Overall Girls’ School at the 2024 Australian Rowing Championships.
  • First in the 800m at the 2023 Australian Junior Track and Field Championships.
  • A world record at Henley Royal Regatta for Barrier and equal record for Fawley in The Prince Phillip Challenge Trophy.
  • Selection for the 18&U Female Water Polo Australia National Age Group Program Squad.
  • 18 creative nominations for the 2023 Higher School Certificate.

Becoming bold in spirit and open in mind.

The St Catherine's experience

With unrivalled STEM, sporting, music and performing arts facilities, life at St Catherine’s is about learning, designing, creating and innovating.

We encourage our students to explore new ideas and challenge themselves to build tenacity and a resilient mindset.

And we value what is important: developing a good character and an open mind, living and growing as part of a community.

Our students leave us as young women of character and intellect, ready to make their unique contributions to the world.

Academic results

St Catherine’s is an academically non-selective school that achieves incredible results.

In 2023, we ranked 21st in the state in the Higher School Certificate (HSC), with 49.6% of students receiving an ATAR above 90.

In 2022, we ranked 13th in the state, with a median ATAR of 91.50.

 

Junior school is a time of wonder and exploration, of discovering new things and developing friendships.

We build strong foundations in literacy and numeracy to ensure students have every opportunity to thrive academically and personally in the future.

Senior school builds further academic and personal strength.

We provide strong support and tailored guidance for every student in their pursuit of individual excellence and academic success.

Boarding at St Catherine’s is a unique way to experience life at school.

Our modern, comfortable and newly-renovated boarding house caters for 66 boarders. 

Our dedicated boarding staff live on-site, providing a strong sense of community while allowing girls to develop independence.

Open Mornings

Our Open Mornings allow you to experience the magic of life at St Catherine’s for yourself and discover why we’re the right school for your family.

Please note, applications for senior school are currently closed for 2024, 2025 and 2026 – except for boarding and 2026 scholarships.

2024 Open Mornings :

  • Thursday 22 August
  • Wednesday 13 November

St Cath’s Magnolia Fair and Open Day

Families are invited to join us at the 2024 Magnolia Fair, where you will have the opportunity to see the school campus in action, get a sense of the warm community and take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art facilities available to your daughter.

There is no need to pre-register, simply join us between 10am – 4pm on Saturday 15 June and come visit the enrolments stall on the day.

All at St Catherine’s School acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal people, the traditional custodians of the lands on which the school sits, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We extend this respect to the continuation of the cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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