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Our Curriculum

At St Bernadette our identity as a learning community is extremely important to us. We believe that every pupil is capable of excellence and we try to encourage every pupil to push themselves and achieve their potential.

We aim to set high standards for all our pupils and expect “Excellence for and from all”.

The curriculum is designed to reflect the aims of the School’s Mission Statement. We aim to help students develop their gifts and talents: spiritual and social; intellectual and emotional; aesthetic and physical through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum, which is responsive to, and supportive of, their needs and aspirations, fosters intellectual curiosity and academic achievement, and motivates them to grow to their full potential.

The curriculum is framed within our mission as a Catholic school and British Values, is academically challenging and relies upon a number of rigorous GCSEs with vocational options available for an appropriate and small number of students. The curriculum rationale assumes that although the selected GCSEs are challenging that they are the best vehicle for preparing students for the next phase of education, employment and life and therefore will continue to be favoured over less rigorous qualifying qualifications.

For a full explanation of our curriculum rationale for the 2021-2022 academic year please click here.

What will you study?

From the beginning of Year 7 we want all of our pupils to experience not only a broad and balanced curriculum but also to develop skills that will help them become responsible and independent learners. We also look to our curriculum also to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, aesthetic and physical development of our pupils, and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Each pupil will study an exciting and varied range of subjects, including those with which there is already familiarity such as Mathematics, English, Science and Religious Education. In addition each pupil will also encounter a breadth of Humanities, French and Spanish, Technology, Drama, Art, Music, Physical Education, PSHE and Computing.

These are supplemented by cross-curricular work which involves ICT, Careers and the World of Work, Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education, Sex Education, and the Local and Global Environment.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

At St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School, we recognise that the personal development of our pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve their full potential. As such, the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) enrichment of our pupils is at the heart of the school’s work. 

The SMSC audit will give you a flavour of the diverse range of SMSC opportunities that our pupils participate in. To view the SMSC audit, please click here.

Important People

Senior Leader with responsibility for Curriculum
Mr T Nadin

Pastoral Team Leader
Mr J Barr

To contact someone in relation to pastoral matters please contact your child's tutor.

For curriculum matters please contact your child's teacher.

Achievement Co-ordinators
Year 7 & Year 8 - Miss J Rea
Year 9 & Year 10 - Ms D Holland
Year 11- Mr J Archer

Faculty Information

To view information about what is studied in each faculty and why, please visit our faculty pages which can be accessed from the menu on the right hand side at the top of the page, or from the home page via the Curriculum section.