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  • Personal Development Achievements


    There are resources at the bottom of this page which are intended to support students as they prepare for examinations. In addition to these materials, there is a range of opportunities for students to develop their resilience and emotional intelligence in other ways, and these are listed below.


    Duke of Edinburgh
    Award (DofE)

    The school enables students from year 9 onwards to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh awards. DofE gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and contribute to opening opportunities for the future.

    Meeting after school on a Thursday afternoon with staff who give their time voluntarily, students work on four section, namely service, expedition, skill and physical recreation. They develop independence, problem solving skills, team work and leadership and uncover untapped and unexpected talents and abilities so contributing to their personal development.

    Information about the scheme can be found on the DofE website

    For those who persevere through their bronze, silver and gold levels their reward is a visit to Buckingham Palace to collect their certificates. In November 2013 the school reached the remarkable landmark of 100 students completing that gold award.

     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.

     Jack Petchey Award

    The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up by Jack Petchey in 1999.  It gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11 – 25, the main aim being to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them to take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society.

    The Jack Petchey Achievement Award aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of young people.  Jack Petchey wants young people to be able to believe in themselves and make a contribution to society.  The Awards are given not just for being clever or gifted but about putting in effort and doing your best.  The scheme works well because young people themselves are involved in nominating and selecting the winners.   The winner is acknowledged publicly and receives a certificate, a badge and £200 to be spent on a school project of the recipient’s choice.

    The School is a participant in the Achievement Scheme but also takes advantage of the other opportunities the charity offers including debating training and competitions and the Glee Club competition.


    "Life at St Bernard’s is a whole different world. It opens many doors that you thought were locked. Helps you do things you never thought you could do".

    — Guisepina, Year 7