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Welcome to St Bernard's High School


St Bernard’s is a school community, which aims to live by Jesus’ commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

We are a Catholic learning community committed to the on-going development of the entire potential of every person, achieved through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.

We embrace an inclusive attitude in all we do. We welcome students to our Sixth Form irrespective of their faith and religious beliefs as this is not a criterion for entry - we do, however, expect all within our community to respect the special ethos at the school. From time to time there will be opportunities to formally celebrate faith through a lively relevant liturgy as well as recognizing our responsibilities to our local, national and global community through charity work.

We care for each other as individuals of equal worth, regardless of status, sex, race or religion actively promoting safeguarding, justice and fairness.

We provide an atmosphere in which all can grow spiritually, academically, intellectually and socially.

We work with parents, parishes, local communities and industry to prepare our students for the opportunities of adulthood.

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Our students develop life-long transferable skills, become independent and resilient learners and are ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. These enable all students to be independent enquirers and creative thinkers who can be focused team workers and effective participators because they can be self-managers of their workload and thus reflective learners.

All courses emphasise opportunities to develop the core skills of communication and ICT, with many also placing emphasis on application of number. In addition, the process of learning is enhanced through a problem-solving approach to the curriculum which facilitates students in improving their own learning and performance. These skills dovetail with the development of independent learning, which is so vital for a successful Sixth Form student.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification should 1 St Bernard’s High School “St Bernard’s High School recognises individual needs and provides support for everyone.

 

Facilities available

In order to support a healthy lifestyle, students also have the opportunity to continue with a range of PE and sporting activities.

A full tutorial programme is offered which focuses on the needs of young adults as they make the transition from the school environment.

The school holds the prestigious NACE Challenge Award which recognises the support and challenge given to all learners including the most able.

Work Experience and work shadowing are arranged and are a valuable preparation for the next stage of a student’s career.

Students are supported by a dedicated Careers Coordinator who provides Independent Advice and Guidance (IAG) on progression routes and career aspirations.

In addition to all of the specialist facilities available in the main school there is a dedicated study centre for Sixth Form students. This centre is fully equipped with ICT facilities and flexible study areas to enable private study or group work.

Additional support

It is particularly important at the beginning of a Sixth Form career to ensure that the choice of courses provides a coherent base for Further/Higher Education or employment. Some subject combinations are better than others, leading to a wider or more appropriate range of higher and further educational courses.

Therefore, it is essential to discuss the different combinations of subjects - as well as the demands and the content of the courses - before making the final choice.

Various computerised information systems are available to help with the choice of careers and courses at university, including KUDOS and Higher Ideas. There is a comprehensive programme of university visits and many opportunities to meet employers.

Learner success

Students at St Bernard's achieve great examination success. We are proud of the high pass rates across the broad range of 'A' level subjects. Academic success flows from the strengths and values of our school community and we provide a broad and balanced curriculum expertly taught, thereby assisting students to reach their full potential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

Key information

Venues

  • A: St Bernard's High School
    • Address:
    • Milton Road
    • Westcliff-on-Sea
    • Essex
    • SS0 7JS
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01702343583
    • Website:
    • www.stbernards.southend.sch.uk
    • Email address:
    • office@stbernards.southend.sch.uk
    • More information:
    • In line with current educational thinking, all Key Stage 5 courses have fully integrated the full range of Thinking Skills.  These ensure that our students develop life-long transferable skills, become independent and resilient learners and are ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.  These enable all students to be independent enquirers and creative thinkers who can be focused team workers and effective participators because they can be self-managers of their workload and thus reflective learners.

      All courses emphasise opportunities to develop the core skills of communication and ICT, with many also placing emphasis on application of number.  In addition, the process of learning is enhanced through a problem-solving approach to the curriculum which facilitates students in improving their own learning and performance. These skills dovetail with the development of independent learning, so crucial for a successful Sixth Form student. Students will have the opportunity to broaden their skills by participating in either of the following as part of their core curriculum: AS Citizenship, AS Government & Politics or an AS Critical Thinking Programme. These provide students with an additional AS qualification and increased UCAS points for university entry.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification should they desire.  This is designed as a ‘stretch and challenge’ opportunity and is highly regarded by major universities and potential employers. All Sixth Form students also undertake a general RE course which focuses on transferable skills of research, debate and presentation.

      In order to support a healthy lifestyle, students also have the opportunity to continue with a range of PE and sporting activities.

      A full tutorial programme is offered which focuses on the needs of young adults as they make the transition from the school environment.  In addition, the ‘Gifted, Able and Talented’ Programme will offer the opportunity to attend external conferences, as well as Easter and Summer Schools.

      Work Experience and work shadowing can be arranged and are a valuable preparation for the next stage of a student’s career.