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  • Extracurricular Opportunities


    Duke of Edinburgh

    St Bernard’s is fortunate to have a dedicated and well-qualified Expedition Team who recognise the benefits that these opportunities afford to students.  The Team run successful Bronze, Silver and Gold Expeditions and training open to all students who wish to take part.

    At Sixth Form, students are invited to take part in the DoE Gold Award.  The group meet weekly after school until 5.00pm from approx. October – March, to plan routes which explore the beauty of the Northern Lake District.  This culminates in a 10 day Practice/Assessment Expedition in the Yorkshire Dales and Lakes in July.

    There are opportunities for keen participants to improve their leadership skills by supporting Bronze participants – at after school training sessions, training walks and expeditions.

    For further information please contact the DoE Co-ordinator, Mrs Clancy –



    Arts Leaders Award

    Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible and is another award that students can get involved in at the school.

    Students will research the world of the arts and take individual responsibility for leading an arts project. Information about the award can be found by clicking here.



    Sports Leader

    The award gives opportunities to lead groups in safe sporting and recreational activity, encouraging responsibility for others, developing organisational and communication skills and instilling confidence in people for whom leading groups in sporting activities is a new experience. The majority of the course is practical in nature with an emphasis on learning through doing. The assessment is in the form of maintaining a logbook, provided by the Physical Education department.

    Other Leadership Roles:

    • Head Student & Deputy Head Students apply, interview and then campaign in January of Year 12. The team are elected as a result of a whole school vote.
    • House Captains & Deputy House Captains – Year 12 students can apply for these roles after the election of the Head Student Team

    Roles of responsibility:

    • Learning Ambassadors – Sixth Form students apply for this role to support younger students in the school
    • Form captains
    • School Council Representatives
    • Liturgy Prefects

    Paid roles:

    • Welcome Ministry
    • ICT Lunchtime Mentors


    "St Bernard’s is a great school, the staff are very helpful, and they give us various opportunities to help us throughout all of our school years".

    — Year 10 Student