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St Bernard's High School

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The year 2010 was our school's centenary year and the St Bernard's Community held various charity events throughout the year for our four chosen charities. These events included:

  • Centenary Open Day
  • St Bernard's Old Girls' Association (SBOGA) annual reunion with Mass read by the Bishop
  • Launch and sales of the Centenary History book
  • Exhibition of Memorabilia
  • Old Time Music Hall
  • Whole School Photo
  • Rag Week
  • Black History Month
  • Fashion Show
  • Non-Uniform Days

We raised over £7,300 in total and in December 2010, we were delighted to present the cheques to our chosen charities as follows:

HARP - Homeless Action Resource Project -
GOSH - Great Ormond Street Hospital -
CAFOD - Catholic Aid Agency -
KOFUP - Kenya Orphans Fund & Uganda Project -

A Centenary History - A Child of ST Bernard's is known everywhere

2010 was the centenary year for St Bernard’s High School. There has been a Catholic school on the site since 1875 but, it was in September 1910 that a group of Bernardine Sisters took over the premises and created St Bernard’s Convent High School.

To celebrate this centenary, three members of staff have written a history of the school. The book covers each decade of the centenary period, setting them into their historical context, and filled with contributions from former students and staff. The book also provides a fascinating photographic record of the life and development of the school.

While of particular interest to those with links at the school, the book also provides a unique and absorbing study for anyone interested in educational developments and life over the previous century. 

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Our Mission Statement


Welcome to St Bernard’s High School, a popular, highly successful Catholic bi-lateral girls’ school with a thriving mixed 6th form. In addition we were designated by the DfE a specialist college for the Arts in 2004 and for Science in 2008. 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.

Ours is a community where we aim to live out the Mission Statement, “Love one another as I have loved you”, in our school as a whole and in the wider parish communities to which we belong.

The school has a skilled and dedicated staff, excellent facilities and a wide and varied programme of opportunities for all students. Our pastoral system provides a strong base for students’ academic and personal development and we enjoy a close, positive relationship with parents.

This website shows some of what we believe. I strongly urge you to visit us so you can experience for yourself the air of purpose, and the enjoyment we share in learning at St Bernard’s.

I am proud to be the school’s Head Teacher and I hope you will enjoy your contact with us now and in the near future.

Mrs Pat Barron - Head Teacher


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.

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