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  • Drop Everything and Read

    Published 12/01/18

    At St Bernadette's we value reading for pleasure because we know that it really helps students to widen their vocabulary and improve their comprehension skills. These are essential skills in our curriculum and growing these skills helps to prepare students for the demands of G.C.S.E. Reading effectively is also an important life skill and we believe that it is never too late to develop this skill.

    As such, from the 29th of January 2018 every child in years 7, 8 & 9 will be reading a book of his / her choice for 20 minutes per day. The program is called Drop Everything and Read.

    The reading will take place in lesson time and the period will change daily so that all subjects are equally involved. Your child will receive reminders about this and the schedule will be published in various places around the school. All your child needs to do is remember to have a reading book and his / her reading bookmark, as these items become essential equipment as from 22nd January.

    Books can of course be borrowed from the school library, which is open daily from 1.45pm until 2.05pm. We have also set up a book swap system, where children can bring in an old book from home which they have read and swap it from one of the other books from our “Trading Post” which will be based next to the school equipment shop.

    If your child does not have a book or his / her bookmark he / she will receive a 20 minutes red card detention. Our school expectations are to be prepared and to be responsible and being properly equipped will help your child to meet these expectations.

    Please encourage your child to also read at home, it has been proven that at least 20 minutes reading per day can dramatically improve a child’s reading ability, which will in turn help your child to make better progress in school.

    If you have any books which you think would be suitable for our students, please send them into school as this will help us renew books at our “Trading Post”. Your support is much appreciated.

    Mrs J. Whalley

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  • A video containing English & Maths advice for Y11 

    Published 09/11/17

    A video containing English and Maths advice for Y11 parents is now available Here

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  • Ready To Learn

    Published 07/06/17

    Our Ready to Learn video is available HERE.

    For more information please click here

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  • GCSE Results 2017

    Published 11/05/16

    ‘St Bernadette’s Students Celebrate Exam Results’  

    Tense faces turned to smiles of joy as students opened their GCSE results at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School. 

    Students, parents and staff at St Bernadette’s are celebrating strong results for individual students and across a range of GCSE subjects.  Amongst the highest achievers gaining multiple A*/A or equivalent grades are Lemia Leonicio I, Ellie Nelson, Francesco Andes, Ana Alonso, Therese Briones and Laura Eremionkhale.  

    With the introduction of tougher exams and a new grading system in English and Maths anxieties were heightened and the joy all the greater for Ellie Nelson, Francesco Andes, Shanel Drewe and Lara Lindsay who obtained grade 9s.  This is the highest grade possible, higher than A* and only awarded to a small percentage of students nationally.

    75% of students achieved at least a new grade 4 in English or Maths and 35% achieved at least the new grade 5 in both English and Maths. One in five students achieved a grade 7 or higher (equivalent to A*/A) in English or Maths.

    This year has seen an increase in the number of top grades achieved by St Bernadette’s students. Results in core subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics were strong and students following vocational subjects such as Business, ICT and Food also did particularly well.

    Headteacher Basia McLaughlin said, “We are very proud of the achievements of our students and are delighted to be celebrating their success with them. At a time of change and some uncertainty, it is reassuring to know that St Bernadette’s students continue to be ambitious and work hard to achieve their goals.”

         

         

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  • Drop Everything and Read

    At St Bernadette's we value reading for pleasure because we know that it really helps students to widen their vocabulary and improve their comprehension skills. These are essential skills in our curriculum and growing these skills helps to prepare students for the demands of G.C.S.E. Reading eff...
    Read full story
  • A video containing English & Maths advice for Y11 

    A video containing English and Maths advice for Y11 parents is now available Here
    Read full story
  • Ready To Learn

    Our Ready to Learn video is available HERE. For more information please click here
    Read full story
  • GCSE Results 2017

    ‘St Bernadette’s Students Celebrate Exam Results’   Tense faces turned to smiles of joy as students opened their GCSE results at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School.  Students, parents and staff at St Bernadette’s are celebrating strong results for individ...
    Read full story