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What we do…

The department has three main roles:

Advise and act for the Bishop and trustees on all matters pertaining to schools and colleges.
Advise and support the schools of the diocese in carrying out their mission as Catholic schools.
Provide information and advice to the Catholic community on the provision of Catholic education and access to it.

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Governance

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R E Teaching Resources

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Courses

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RE Inspections

Here you will find Denominational Reports (S48) for all our schools

Partnerships

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​St Bernadette’s Secondary School exam results:

St Bernadette’s Catholic Secondary School is determined in its continued pursuit of excellence in faith and learning. We are extremely proud of our students’ resilience and achievements over the course of the past two years as shown in today’s examination results, with 47% of students achieving the basics Grade 5+ measure in English and maths, 60% achieving the basics Grade 4+ in English and maths, and 29% of all grades at grade 7 or higher.

Mr Walker, Headteacher said, “Our congratulations go to all of our students who have achieved the recognition that they deserve for their commitment and ambition in learning.   During the last two years students have needed to show great resilience and determination and this is reflected in their excellent results today. I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff, parents and governors for their dedication in helping to support our students to fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions.”

Particular praise goes to the following students for their excellent academic performance.

  • Jamie Vadhyanath achieved 9 Grade 9’s or equivalent.
  • Poppy Barker achieved 8 Grade 9’s or equivalent.
  • Ellie Cockford achieved 8 Grade 9’s or equivalent.
  • Bobbie Nelmes achieved 7 Grade 9’s or equivalent.
  • Kelly Wang achieved 5 Grade 9’s or equivalent.

Celebrating success at St Brendan’s

St Brendan’s Sixth Form College is celebrating tremendous success, as their A level and BTEC results are published this year. Even with the disruption to education over the last couple of years, students there have managed to achieve a pass rate of 97% including 857 high grade passes.

59% of grades achieved by students taking Level 3 BTEC and Applied General courses were either Distinction or Distinction* (Star) which is the highest grade possible; and over 20% of this year’s cohort achieved high grades across all of their subjects (A-levels &/or BTECs).

Most students at St Brendan’s have progressed onto their chosen destinations in spite of the difficulties they have faced. Over 500 students applied through UCAS this year and the majority will be going to their first choice University.  Amongst these are 6 students who will be taking up their places to study Medicine or Veterinary Medicine.

3 students successfully took part in the Bristol Scholars Scheme and have achieved a place at the University of Bristol. They will be studying for degrees in Law, Medicine and Business Management.

Jamie is amongst the college’s high achievers. He secured three A* grades in Computer Science, Maths and Further Maths and an A in Physics and will now be going on to take up a place at the University of Oxford to study Computer Science.

Jessica achieved four A grades in Biology, Maths, Music and EPQ and will now be going to Leeds Conservatoire to study Music.

Popular degree choices for the class of 2022 are Law, Criminology and Health & Social Care, with lots of others electing to take Science related degrees.

A record number of students have secured apprenticeships in many different fields including accounting, law, business and engineering. They will be taking up employment with companies all over the region including Rolls-Royce, Grant Thornton, NHS, Ministry of Defence and BT.

Marian Curran, Principal at St Brendan’s said

“Congratulations to all our students who are receiving their results today.  We are delighted with their successes.  Considering the journey over the last two years, I am pleased that so many of our students are progressing to their first choice university courses with such excellent BTEC and A-level grades.  There is much cause for celebration today and that is simply due to the hard work and dedication of our excellent students and staff.  I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements and their fortitude, resilience and determination. I would like to wish all students well as they take up their next steps at university, in apprenticeships and employment or as they begin their gap year. We look forward to hearing about their future successes. “

St Bede’s Catholic College results

All those that are part of the St Bede’s Catholic College community are delighted to celebrate the successes of Year 11 students this year.

Rob King, Principal, said: “This fantastic group of students has lived through a hugely challenging two and half years. Despite the uncertainty, they have worked hard and risen to the challenges in a way that is so impressive. These children have grown in all aspects of their life, but today is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their academic successes. Although we have many great performances at the top end, with large numbers of grades 8 and 9, we want to recognise all the huge achievements from students that have been dealing with very difficult circumstances. These students have earned the grades that will allow them to take their next steps in life. The students are a credit to themselves, their families and the college and we know they are going to make important contributions to our society in the future”.

“I would also like to thank the staff who have supported the students wonderfully, both through emotional care and in preparing them well for their examinations.”

Meet the staff

Here we are:

Mary Cox

Director for Schools and Colleges

RE Adviser

Ms Louise White, louise.white@cliftondiocese.com

Departmental Officer

Mrs Jenny Fitzgerald, jenny.fitzgerald@cliftondiocese.com

Administrator

Mrs Roisin Johnson , roisin.johnson@cliftondiocese.com

Governance Officer

Mr Bill McEntee, bill.mcentee@cliftondiocese.com

Schools Partnership Officer

Mr Paul Kehoe, paul.kehoe@cliftondiocese.com

Other department staff working closely with us:

Head of Property Services: Jo Long BSc(Hons) MRICS
Email: jo.long@cliftondiocese.com

Schools surveyor: Ross Uren
Email: ross.uren@cliftondiocese.com