Teaching & Learning


Our Curriculum

At St Bernadette, senior leaders, staff and Governors place great importance on a curriculum that develops the whole child. The Gospel values underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all. The uniqueness of every individual is nurtured and relationships, based on respect, are at the core of our school. We strive to create an environment where children develop their relationship with God and have a sense of belonging to a Christian community with Christ at the centre. 


Our broad, rich curriculum fully encompasses and goes beyond the national curriculum requirements and learning builds towards clear end points. Skills and knowledge are taught in a logical progression allowing pupils to make connections with new and existing knowledge, ensuring a deep understanding at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child. There is fidelity to the National Curriculum (2014), but our curriculum includes topics to teach the skills in a way that will be both relevant and interesting to the children at St.Bernadette School. Religious education permeates through all subject areas and links are made creating curriculum cohesion and enabling pupils to link their learning appropriately. 


We strive for our pupils to become independent, resilient learners and our ambitious curriculum provides a wide range of planned activities that encourage pupils to reflect on how they think and strategies they can use to apply their knowledge. 

Through our ambitious curriculum we aim to foster in our pupils a love of reading and the arts and to equip our pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to be successful. It is our intention that pupils leave St Bernadette School able to make decisions, self evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners ready to embrace the challenges of the 21st century motivated by their Christian values and duty to care for God’s world.  We believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge, foster a love of learning and leave our school with exceptional independent learning skills.