In March 2017, we were thrilled to announce the appointment of Mrs Anne Smith as Campaign Patron.

1980 Anne Smith Head of Barbreck dressed in school uniform

Anne Smith is as close as you can get to being an icon of St Catherine’s, having served as Head of the Junior School for twenty years from 1980 -2000, a well-deserved record as the longest term in our history. Generations of St Catherine’s families know Anne for her steadfast commitment to their daughter’s education and to the School which she helped lead.

In accepting her new position, Anne commented that it was an honour to be invited to be Patron of this important campaign.

“St Catherine’s has always been forward thinking and now is the right time historically and educationally to make this important decision,” she said.

“Barbreck has always been an integral part of the whole School – it is a caring and sensitive environment that establishes the foundations for so many St Catherine’s girls to achieve outstanding results beyond their primary years.

“I loved my time at Barbreck, being part of a real community, with everyone interacting, supporting and encouraging each other – it was an experience unlike any other.

“We had many happy times and uniting when times were tough. I remember being dressed as the Queen Mother at a celebration for Prince Charles’ wedding, dressed in a ballgown and imaginary jewels. I also remember falling off the stage at an assembly in a spectacular fashion, laughing hysterically and the girls looking on with concern – that is, until they knew I was okay.”

As our campaign continues we look forward to introducing Anne to new parents and campaign supporters, as well as reuniting her with the many alumni and families who know her so well.