Key Stage 3
Further details can be found in our Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information booklet below.
St Bernard’s High School has an exciting and creative skills based curriculum that meets the needs of all learners. It provides challenging and creative learning in the school, in the outdoor environment and in the local community and beyond. As well as raising achievements in all subjects our curriculum equips learners with the skills that they will need to succeed in education, life and work. The main principles of our curriculum are outlined below:-
- The curriculum has the following characteristics: breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation, progression and continuity coherence.
- The curriculum promotes knowledge and understanding; mastery of intellectual, physical and interpersonal skills and personal qualities, values and attitudes.
- Equality of access for all students to all experiences.
- The school provides appropriate tasks and teaching techniques to support high expectations and appropriate challenges.
- Parents are provided with curriculum information relevant to their child.
- The curriculum is subject to planned evaluation and review.
- Provision is made within the school for all students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.
St Bernard’s High School is a Catholic Academy for Arts and Science. The specialist curriculum areas are a significant aspect of the school’s distinctive identity and inspiration and the school is committed to:
- Extending the range of curricular opportunities in the Arts and Science available to students which best meets their needs and interest;
- Provide appropriate learning pathways to develop skills needed to be active citizens within an increasingly scientific world in which the Arts are accessible to all;
- Developing curriculum linked learning e.g. visual arts and applied design; Arts and Science, Visual Arts and Performing Arts;
- Developing a unique identity which is reflected in the School’s mission statement;
- Benefiting other schools in the area, both secondary and primary;
- Strengthening the links between schools and the wider community.
As a Catholic school St Bernard’s wishes to assist young people in their journey of faith. We share with all our students the Catholic vision of life through a structured programme of Religious Education. The aim is to help students know and understand this tradition in a clear and more comprehensive way. The Religious Education Programmes of Study supports and helps strengthen the ethos of the school, and the partnership between family, parish and school.
In the November 2016 Report, Ofsted quoted “The school is welcoming and inclusive. In 2015, many pupils made significantly better progress that other pupils nationally”.
In March 2015, SSAT quoted “St Bernard’s High School—one of the best in the country for student progress and attainment at GCSE”.