Elmfield Road, Newtownabbey 028 9084 4634
Mr M.P. Flanagan Cert ED, BA, DASE, M ED
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- Information on Subject and Curriculum Paths

The Curriculum

General Information

As a Catholic school, St. Bernard's promotes a set of values which are universally acceptable to all. They seek the spiritual development of each child within a care community withy Christ at its centre. The Alive-O programme is the foundation on which religious education is grounded within the school. Our children are carefully prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and confirmation by a staff who have been commended for their liturgical expertise. The teachers work closely with the local priests and diocesan authorities. Our catholic ethos is an inclusive one which accommodates children from other Christian faiths within one school community.


St. Bernard?s aims to put the child at the heart of the curriculum. The school provides a broad, balanced, challenging and relevant curriculum which is vigorously planned, professionally implemented and systematically evaluated by a team of dedicated and experienced staff. The intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, cultural and physical development of each individual within a happy caring environment is of prime concern. Emphasis is placed on the development of competence in the basic skills which at the same time promoting self-esteem, discipline and confidence within the individual. All pupils will follow the Northern Ireland curriculum.


Learning support


In St Bernard’s we cater for the needs of all children. During a child’s time in our school it may be necessary at some stage to provide extra learning support to help him or her achieve their full potential and fully access the Revised Curriculum. We have a team of teachers and classroom assistants to deliver this programme to children.


Our SENCO leads the team and works very closely with all staff in school ensuring any need is identified quickly and the correct path is taken to provide the necessary support.


In delivering the learning support programme the SENCO works with many outside agencies e.g. Psychology, ASD Support Team, Behaviour Support and MASTS to help deliver the correct support at the earliest opportunity.


In St Bernard’s we have a Literacy Support teacher and a Numeracy Support Teacher who work very closely with the class teachers to ensure a very carefully planned, structured programme of learning support is delivered to all our pupils who require it at any time during their school life.