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  • Vision & Values

    Welcome to St Bernard’s High School, a popular, highly successful Catholic bi-lateral girls’ school with a thriving mixed 6th form.  We have a proud history in providing a high quality Catholic education for the young people of Southend and the surrounding area.

    We take great pride in the care taken with each individual student and we are intensely proud of all their achievements.  They gain excellent examination results and they grow to become confident, articulate and thoughtful young people.  The school has a skilled and dedicated staff, excellent facilities and a wide and varied programme of opportunities for all students.  In 2016 our Progress 8 score was 0.53; this means that Y11 students at St Bernard’s achieved more than half a grade more than similar students across the country in each of their GCSE courses. This outcome put St Bernard’s in the top 6% of schools nationally.

    In 2017, 84% of year 11 students at St Bernard’s achieved a 4 (standard pass) at GCSE in both English and Mathematics; 87% of our students gained 5 or more GCSEs including English and Mathematics at A*-C (or 4-9). 56% of all A level grades were A*-B with a quarter being A*-A and 83% of all A level grades were A*-C. These figures show a 7% increase compared with 2016, and continue the strong and rising trend in attainment.

    Ours is a community where we aim to live out the Mission Statement, “Love one another as I have loved you”, in our school as a whole and in the wider parish communities to which we belong.  Our Pastoral system provides a strong base for students' academic and personal development and we enjoy a close, positive relationship with parents.  I strongly urge you to visit us so you can experience for yourself the air of purpose and enjoyment we share in learning at St Bernard’s.

    It is a privilege to lead this school and I hope you find your contact with our school enjoyable and informative.

    Mr Tony Sharpe - Head Teacher

    Mission Statement

    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 ongoing development of the entire potential of every person, achieved through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.

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

    We provide an atmosphere in which all can grow in our Faith, and encourage this faith by a lively relevant liturgy.

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



    ‘It was really easy starting at St Bernard’s  - everyone was supportive and it was not stressful at all’

    — Year 7 student