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  • Vision & Values

    Welcome to St Bernard’s High School, a popular, highly successful, Catholic
    bi-lateral girls’ school with a thriving mixed 6th form.  We have a proud history in providing a high-quality Catholic education for the young people of Southend and the surrounding area.

    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 2018, 87% of year 11 students at St Bernard’s achieved a 4 (standard pass) at GCSE in both English and Mathematics; the Progress 8 figure was 0.41, and the Attainment 8 figure was 53.26, both well above the national average. At A Level, 52% of all grades were A*-B with a quarter being A*-A and 85% of all A level grades were A*-C. The average point score per A Level entry rose to 34.87. These figures continue to demonstrate the strong attainment and progress of our students.

    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.

    It is a privilege to lead St Bernard’s High School, and I hope you find your contact with our school enjoyable and informative.

    Mr Tony Sharpe - Head Teacher

    Mission Statement

    St Bernard’s is a school community, which aims to live by Jesus’ commandment,

    “Love one another as I have loved you.”

    We are a Catholic learning community committed to the ongoing development of the entire potential of every person, achieved through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.

    We care for each other as individuals of equal worth, regardless of status, sex, race or religion and thus actively seek to promote safeguarding, justice and fairness.

    We provide an atmosphere in which all can grow in our Faith, and encourage this faith by a lively relevant liturgy.

    We work with parents, parishes, local communities and industry to prepare our students for the opportunities of adulthood.



    ‘St Bernard’s is amazing!’

    — year 7 student