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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 2019 (there is no performance data for 2020 due to Covid-19), 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. Underpinning this excellent outcome was an Attainment 8 figure of 56.12, with 84% of Year 11 students achieving a 4 in English and mathematics and 59% achieving a 5 in the same subjects, all well above the national average.  At A Level, 56% of all grades were A*-B, with 84% of all A level grades at A*-C.  The average point score per A Level entry rose to 32.52. 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 a unique school which offers subjects that have indefinitely carved my education and who I am. It has led me onto a path that no other school would be able to offer. The support from my teachers combined with the school's encouraging atmosphere gives me motivation to work hard and strive for the best every day in everything I do". 

    — Sophia (Deputy Head Student, Year 13)