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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 please CLICK HERE.

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 Information Computing and Technology.

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. For more information please click here. 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

Keystage Lead 
Mr M Yandell

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/Mr J Barr

The following curriculum information may be slightly different between year 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4). This is due to changes in curriculum and qualifications offered as a result of government changes. If you would like any further information about any curriculum area please contact the school.

To view the curriculum information please visit the Faculties section here and select the relevant Key Stage:

English Key Stage 3          Key Stage 4
Maths Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Science Key Stage 3

Combined Science

Separate Sciences - Biology, Chemistry & Physics

ICT Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Business Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Enterprise   Key Stage 4
Music Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Drama   Key Stage 4
Art Key Stage 3 Key Stage4
Design Key Stage 3  
Health & Social Care   Key Stage 4
Catering   Key Stage 4
Humanities Key Stage 3 Geography (KS4)
History (KS4)
Physical Education Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Religious Education Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Modern Foreign Languages Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Sex & Relationships Key Stage 3 & Keystage 4  
Vocational   Key Stage 4

If you require further clarification on our curriculum please contact the school and ask for the relevant faculty leader.

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