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  • Virtual Open Evening

    Welcome to St Bernard's

    I would like to welcome you to this online guide to St Bernard’s High School, a popular, highly successful, Catholic bi-lateral girls’ school with a thriving mixed Sixth Form.  We hope to provide an opportunity for parents and their daughters to attend a traditional Open Evening at a later date; as this is not currently possible, we have assembled a number of resources on this page of our website to give you a sense of what St Bernard's is like.  Although it is impossible to virtually recreate the unique communal and academic atmosphere which makes St Bernard's so special, we hope the information given here will help you in your choice of secondary school.

    We take great pride in the care taken with each individual student and we are intensely proud of all their achievements.  They gain excellent examination results and they grow to become confident, articulate and thoughtful young people.  The school has a skilled and dedicated staff, good facilities and a wide and varied programme of opportunities for all students.  In the most recent set of school performance tables, which were published in 2019, Year 11 students at St Bernard’s achieved a Progress 8 figure of 0.89,  the highest score in Southend; this score placed St Bernard’s in the top 100 schools in the country. 

    But we are more than just the most successful school in the current performance tables: ours is a community where we aim to live out our Mission Statement, “Love one another as I have loved you”, in our school and in the parish communities to which we belong.  This aspiration is supported by our pastoral system, which provides a strong base for students' academic and personal development and we enjoy a close, positive relationship with parents.  The result is a very special ethos, with a combination of faith, purpose and enjoyment, as staff and students share in learning at St Bernard’s.

    We hope you enjoy reading and looking at the information below.  Please do not hesitate to contact us, via if you need any further information.  We look forward to welcoming you as visitors to our school site in the near future.

    Mr A Sharpe, Head Teacher


    Please see a video below from our Head Student:




    Here are two of our Year 7 students talking about their early experiences at St Bernard's:




    Here is our Year 11 GCSE Art Exhibition 2020 that would have been on display during our Open Evening:




    Here is our A Level Art Exhibition 2020 that would have been on display during our Open Evening:




    ‘It was only with the support of the senior leadership team and my fellow students that I even considered applying to Oxford, and I genuinely don’t believe I would have achieved as much as I have done if it wasn’t for their help, encouragement and confidence in me.’

    — Isabel Aust, Former Head Student