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  • Admissions Process

    When applying for a place at St Bernard’s High School you need to consider the following:

    Places in next September's Year 7 

    If you have a daughter in Year 6 you must apply for a school place by completing the Common Application Form for Secondary School Admissions.

    Each Local Authority has its own form. You must complete the form for the local authority in which you live regardless of which schools you are applying for. For most people applying for a place at St Bernard's High School, the Local Authority will be Southend, Essex or Thurrock.

    The relevant form will be available on the Local Authority website and you will usually receive information about the Local Authority admissions process via your child's Primary School.

    If you wish to apply for a selective place you must complete the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) application. The CSSE continues to administer the selective test process. Information about the process is available at . The selective test is taken in September and you will receive the result of the test before the application deadline of October 31st of Year 6. Therefore registration for the selective test begins early in May when your child is in Year 5.    

    Parents wishing to apply for a place at St Bernard's High School are required to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). This is available to parents at the bottom of the “Key Stage 3 & 4” section on the right of this page, or can be obtained by request from the school. This form is very important, as it provides information   which allows the school to place a child in the correct admission category. It is returned directly to the school.

    Although St Bernard's High School admission criteria allow the admission of any girl of any faith or none, the admission criteria priority order reflects a commitment to Catholic education. You are advised to read the criteria carefully. They are available through the link below.

    If you have queries, please contact the school for assistance. The closing date for return of all forms is October 31st of the year in which your child starts in Year 6.

    Should you be unsuccessful in applying for a place at St Bernard’s High School, you may lodge an appeal using the form at the bottom of the page.  Further details are available from the school’s Admissions Officer.  Appeals are scheduled for 25-29th April 2022. More details on appeals can be found at:


    Admission to the Sixth Form requires the completion of the school’s Sixth Form application form.  Details of the entry requirements and the courses on offer are fully detailed in the Sixth Form prospectus which is available from the school.  Applications are welcomed from students from outside the school.  Meetings take place to discuss option choices and course availability.  Following the meetings, places are offered to girls and boys who meet the entry requirements.

    It is essential that the families of potential students read the admissions policy in full before making an application.

    In-year admissions

    Please see the document 'In Year Applications Procedure' in the 'Key Stage 3 & 4' section of the website which outlines the process for students to join St Bernard's during the academic year.


    "The opportunities, experiences and memories St Bernard's have created will stay with me forever, the students and the staff complete the experience, I’m really proud to be part of this school community". 

    — Anna (Head Student, Year 13)