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  • Outside the Classroom

    Education has evolved far beyond the stereotype picture of organised rows of desks with a teacher at the front of the classroom and ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ is one of those key phrases that can be used to explain many of the activities that the school undertakes.

    The school has a stated commitment to provide and develop learning outside the classroom experiences for all pupils. This takes many forms -  the traditional school trip, the engagement in local authority initiatives, collaborative learning, the use of spaces throughout the school, use of new technologies. It permeates the way in which staff look to receive training and the way in which new staff are inducted. Its consequences are the STEM weeks, the art exhibitions, the Arts Week, Duke of Edinburgh Award, the leadership days and its outcomes are demonstrated by an engaged and enthused student population.

    ‘When you are at school you do not realise what an impact your education will have on your life and the places it will take you.  St Bernard’s was a big part of my foundations.  If you have strong solid foundations, you can build anything you want, knock it down and re-build something new if you desire.  However, without good foundations, you will not build anything at all.’

    — Zoe Upson