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Head Teacher's Welcome



Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make in their early years.


As a parent you want your child to feel safe, secure and happy at school. At St Bernadette’s School all children are encouraged, supported and challenged to become the best that they can be.


St Bernadette’s is a Catholic school and our motto

“Learn to Love, love to learn”

is at the heart of everything we do.


St Bernadette’s is much more than an educational establishment it is a place where the children are offered stability and enrichment to learn effectively and develop into well rounded, responsible and respectful young people.


On a recent Ofsted inspection the school was classed as outstanding for personal development and welfare, this is something we as a school are very proud of, the Ofsted inspection is available on the school website and I would encourage you to read it.



A Cowings




St. Bernadette’s is much more than just an educational establishment; it is a beacon of hope and a place which has to offer:


The stability and enrichment they need to become well rounded individuals who are well prepared for the life ahead of them.


A sense of fulfilment and achievement.


A school which assists them in the religious formation of their children and offers them support and advice to develop their children socially, morally and academically.


Therefore we need to provide:


  • A broad and exciting curriculum which engages all.

  • A safe and secure stimulating environment in which children are nurtured and supported.

  • A set of moral values, which inform the choices they make.


  • Quality professional development based on assessment of needs.

  • Opportunities to network with other educational establishments.


  • Up to date information on curriculum and pastoral matters.

  • Opportunities to develop parenting skills

School Tour 2020 /21

The Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


See the pdf document below for detailed information on our Pupil Premium impact for 2018/19 and the action plan for 2019/20


The McNally Award

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The McNally Award


Every year in the summer term, one child from each year band, Nursery to year 6, is nominated to receive the McNally award. Staff within the year band, choose a child who has displayed an exceptional attitude towards school life throughout the academic year. Typically, these children will display impeccable manners on a daily basis. They will give their very best in every lesson and will be supportive of their peers and their teachers.



The award was introduced in 2015, following the death of Mr John McNally who had been the charismatic Head Teacher of St Bernadette’s School until 2005. Mr McNally saw the school grow from 180 pupils to 700 pupils over a period of years. He was well respected in the local community due to his strong leadership and continuous drive to achieve high standards of discipline and academic success.


St. Bernadette's Staff

Miss Cowings – Head Teacher

Mr Carroll – Assistant Head / Science Faculty Leader

Miss C Connaire - Assistant Head / Humanities Faculty Leader

Miss K Lakin – 6KL Year 6 Teacher / English Co-ordinator KS2

Miss Z Boron - 6ZB Year 6 Teacher

Mr A Markham-Jones – 6AMJ Year 6 Teacher / PE Co-ordinator

Mrs M Kerrigan – Year 6 Teaching Assistant

Miss C Grant - Year 5 & 6 English Teacher / MFL Co-ordinator

Mrs K Harston – 5KH Year 5 Teacher / Topic Co-ordinator

Mr E Baker - 5EB Year 5 Teacher

Mrs L Canning – Year 5 Teacher / Assistant Head

Mrs McCartan – Year 5 Teaching Assistant


Miss A Hulse - 4AH Year 4 Teacher / ICT Co-ordinator

Mrs C Brownhill – 4CB Year 4 Teacher / Science Co-ordinator KS1

Miss C Manders - 4CM Year 4 Teacher

Mr R Wayne - 4RW Year 4 Teacher

Mrs Colclough – Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Mrs T Kelly – 3TK Year 3 Teacher

Mrs E Lennon – 3EL Year 3 Teacher

Mrs E Hill - 3EH Year 3 Teacher / RE Co-ordinator

Ms Corkery – Year 3 Teacher / Science Co-ordinator KS2

Mrs Yakoob - Year 3 Teaching Assistant


Miss O’Toole –  Year 2 Teacher / English Co-ordinator KS1

Mrs S Hussain - 2SH Year 2 Teacher

Miss S Fiddler - 2SF Year 2 Teacher

Mrs L Gray – Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Mrs J Robinson – Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Miss Gibbs - 1EG Year 1 Teacher

Miss O Bowden - 1OB Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Clarke – Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Miss McGrath – Year 1 Teacher / Topic Co-ordinator

Ms Baker – Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Begum – 1SJ Year 1 Teaching Assistant


Miss Deards – RSD Reception Teacher

Mrs Dawood - RND Reception Teacher

Ms T O'Neil – RSD Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs Devlin – RPF Reception Teacher

Mrs Heeley – RPF Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Robbins - REF Reception Teaching Assistant


Miss Finnegan – Nursery Teacher / Assistant Head

Miss E Barron – Nursery Teaching Assistant

Ms O’Brien – Nursery Teaching Assistant

Mrs S Buchanan - Nursery Teaching Assistant

Mrs R Kelly – SENCO


Mrs Jones - PPA / PSHE Co-ordinator

Mrs Docker – Support Teacher

Ms Ryan - PPA

Mrs Shalvey – Learning Mentor / PSA

Mrs Payne – Learning Mentor

Mrs Smallwood – Office

Mrs Byng – Office

Miss K O'Neil – Office

Mrs J Lewis – SEN Support

Mrs Apted – Technician

Mr Abbott – ICT Operations Manager

Mr Malone – Building Site Supervisor

Mrs Worth - School Cook