Our digital Prospectus provides an informative overview of who we are and what we provide, and is a great place to start in your educational enquiry.
Please email our Enrolments team if you would like a printed copy of the Prospectus.
We provide answers and guidance to some common questions.
We recommend waitlisting as soon as possible as students are selected for interview based on date of application. The earlier you apply the greater the likelihood of being offered an interview. This also applies to daughters of Old Girls’ and siblings already at the school.
St Catherine’s is a non-selective school. Students are offered a place based on the following:
We make contact approximately 21 months out from the waitlisted commencement year. We invite you to attend an interview, and we request various forms of material be made available to assist with the interview. This generally includes:
All students are requested to attend the interview ideally with both parents or legal guardians. The interview takes around 30 minutes and is conducted with one of the leadership team members.
There is no need to prepare: our main aim is to get to know the student and family and discuss their educational and life experiences to date.
All overseas interviews will be conducted via Zoom.
A student is generally offered a place shortly thereafter subject to availability. Families are given two weeks to confirm and begin the enrolment process. We generally say that you will know if your daughter is attending St Catherine’s School about 18 months out of the commencement year.
We understand circumstances change and you are welcome to defer your position from one intake year to the next, however, any enrolment fee paid is non-refundable and non-transferable from one intake year to the next. Furthermore, a position for the deferred year cannot be guaranteed.
If you have not paid your enrolment fee and wish to defer your child’s place, a position for the deferred year will not be guaranteed and you will go back on the waitlist. It is likely you will need to re interview for the preferred year, especially if deferring from the junior school to the senior school.
We encourage all families to waitlist siblings as soon as possible. We offer enrolment preference to pre-existing families, subject to availability.
A discount on the application fee and enrolment fee applies for a sibling/s and daughters of Old Girls., subject to the other sibling/s or daughter/s being a current student at the school.
St Catherine’s has relationships with various independent boys’ schools in Sydney including Cranbrook School, Coogee Boys’ Preparatory School, The Scots College and Waverley College.
St Catherine’s School accepts all faiths and those that have no faith at all.
A minimum score of intermediate to upper intermediate is required. Each application is considered on a case by case basis, and further entry pre-requisites may be required. Please speak with enrolments regarding your query.
ELICOS is required and is to be undertaken prior to commencement at St Catherine’s for those who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement.
All overseas students must reside in the boarding house, unless they live with their parent/s full time in Sydney. We do not accept homestay requests or placements.
Yes. If your daughter does not have a friend/relative or will not travel home, the director of boarding will assist booking a homestay with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).