Welcome to September's New Year 12 Students
WELCOME TO ST BERNARD'S SIXTH FORM
Dear Prospective Sixth Form Student,
This is just a brief communication to add my welcome to the St Bernard’s High School community. From September 2021, I have the privilege of being the Headteacher of this excellent school which has at its heart Christ’s example and teachings ‘that we love one another as He has loved us.’
St Bernard’s has a long tradition of successfully providing a holistic education to all within our mixed sixth form. High educational standards alongside all-encompassing pastoral care make St Bernard’s more than a school – we are a family! We recognise and seek to further develop, deepen and nurture the individual talents, abilities and possibilities for all of the students that we serve. We prioritise getting to know our students as we understand our role in helping and guiding them towards their chosen paths enabling them to have professionally and personally fulfilling lives. I am supported by a committed and talented staff who share in this vision and know how vital it is for us to know your child’s capabilities and how we support them to meet and excel against challenging targets. Every sixth form student matters to our school community.
As Headteacher, I am ambitious for every young person who enters the doors of St Bernard’s. I want to continue to drive the school towards outstanding so that our students fondly remember the broad, balanced, experiential education they received which prepared them for the demands of the 21st century both professionally and spiritually. My strong faith, my belief in the power of education and its ability to make a difference to each individual alongside my commitment to empowering our young people to thrive are my passions. I am delighted to bring my passion, energy and enthusiasm to the role of Headteacher at St Bernard’s so that all may continue to see the St Bernard’s community flourish.
For those of you who are new to St Bernard’s and for those of you who have been with us a little longer, you will know that Mr Sharpe, now approaching retirement, has built very strong foundations based on high expectations, excellent teaching and strong partnerships between home, school and our Parishes. I will do all in my power to continue with this legacy and to further enhance the lived experience for all within the St Bernard’s High School community.
I believe that joining St Bernard’s sixth form is a major decision in your life. You will develop academically, spiritually and socially, and it is important to us that you feel happy and safe, and that you thrive within the environment you choose. I am confident that you will feel this way about St Bernard’s sixth form, and I look forward to welcoming you in future.
I wish you every success in the coming academic year.
Miss Clancy - Assistant Headteacher & Head of Year for Sixth Form
My name is Miss Clancy and I am the Head of Year for sixth form. I have worked at St Bernard’s since 2011 and have supported various year groups as Head of Year alongside teaching Mathematics. My role is to support students in sixth form to achieve their best by listening to you and liaising with your teachers as well as the Senior Leadership Team to create an environment that provides you with the best opportunities to prepare you for the future. I can also arrange specific support in school such as career advice, a meeting with a Learning Coach/Mentor or meetings with our school counsellor where appropriate.
I would like to take this opportunity to share the information below with you in preparation for sixth form at St Bernard’s and I am looking forward to seeing you all in September.
Should you wish to complete some work to prepare for the subjects you would like to take at A Level, you can request this by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org with the list of subjects you would like the transition work for. Internal students can access this transition work themselves via the Sixth Form site on our VLE.
A Level Mathematics and Core Mathematics students please note you will need to purchase the Casio Classwiz FX991-EX calculator.
Welcome Video FROM OUR STUDENTS
Please find the video below from our Head Student Team and House Liturgy Captains:
A tour of our sixth form and school site
Introduction to Key Staff
Mr Thompson - Mathematics Teacher
My name is Mr Thompson. I have taught Mathematics at St. Bernard's for the past ten years. If I am lucky enough to be your form tutor I will make sure that I do my best to support your time in our Sixth Form whether that means helping you complete your CV or UCAS application, ensuring you keep on top of the academic demands of your subject or promoting the cohesion and community spirit within form and year group. I look forward to meeting you all in September.
Mrs Barrett-Porter - Head of English
My name is Mrs Barrett-Porter and I am Head of English and Media Studies at St Bernard's. As both an experienced Sixth-Form tutor and teacher, I pride myself on having excellent relationships with the students both in my form and those whom I teach. I am here as a source of support, to help you navigate the challenges of this next stage of your education as well as to help prepare you for life beyond St Bernard's. I look forward to meeting you in September.
Mr Browne - History Teacher
My name is Mr Browne, I am a History teacher and Year 12 form tutor. I first came to St Bernard’s in 2018 as part of my teacher training, but have worked in education since 2012 at various schools across South Essex. I have been a form tutor to various year groups, but have most recently been a sixth form tutor. I will be on hand to support you during your time here at St Bernard’s and assist you in your next steps, writing your CV's and assisting you with your UCAS applications should university be your ultimate destination. I look forward to meeting you all in September.
Mrs Brook - Learning Mentor
My name is Mrs. Brook and I am the Learning Coach in school. I have been at St Bernard's since 2010 and I work predominantly with GCSE and A Level students. My role in school is to provide strategies and support with organisation and study skills to help create confident and independent learners. I work with students on a 1:1 basis or in small groups and as part of the pastoral team I work closely with Heads of Year and teachers to help support the students I work with more effectively. I also help students with motivation, their general well-being and many other issues they may have. I look forward to meeting you all and working with you.
Mrs Davies - Careers Co-ordinator
Hello! I am St Bernard’s Careers Co-ordinator and responsible for Careers Education and Guidance throughout the school. I co-ordinate the Careers provision within the school, I provide careers information, advice and guidance to students, and co-ordinate Work Experience. Students are able to see me throughout the school day. Most students have an individual careers interview especially those in years 9-13. The careers interview can cover anything and students can see me as often as they like until they feel happy about their academic [GCSE and A Level subjects], study [Further and Higher Education] and career and employment choices. My office is in the Dining Hall Extension at the top of the stairs. I look forward to meeting and working with you.
Here is our A Level Art Exhibition 2021 that would have been on display during our Open Evening: