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.
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
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
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 Lavin – Deputy 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
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
Mrs A McDaniel - Year 4 Teacher
Mrs Colclough – Year 4 Teaching Assistant
Mrs T Kelly – 3TK Year 3 Teacher
Ms Ryan - 3JR LC 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
Mr R Wayne - 2RW Year 2 Teacher
Miss O’Toole – Year 2 Teacher / English Co-ordinator KS1
Mrs E Lennon – 2EL 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 – 1SF Year 1 Teaching Assistant
Miss McGrath – 1SMcG Year 1 Teacher / Topic Co-ordinator
Ms Baker – 1SMcG 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
Miss P Fullerton – RPF Reception Teacher
Mrs Heeley – RPF Reception Teaching Assistant
Mrs A Robbins - REF Reception Teaching Assistant
Miss Finnegan – Nursery Teacher / Maths KS1
Miss E Barron – Nursery Teaching Assistant
Ms O’Brien – Nursery Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Buchanan - Nursery Teaching Assistant
Mrs R Kelly – SENCO
Mr Kingston – PPA
Mrs Jones - PPA / PSHE Co-ordinator
Mrs Docker – Support Teacher
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 Benton – School Cook