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Ages 13 - 16

Welcome to the Upper School information page. As pupils enter Year 9, we start to focus on choices for GCSE, pupils are guided by mentors to think about option choices and future plans. We encourage them to inspire and be inspired. In Year 10 and 11 the GCSE courses begin and pupils have opportunity to seek careers advice and to focus on the choices available to them post 16, whether that be returning to sixth form or looking at possible college courses.

Historically St Brigid’s GCSE results have been the best in the area, these excellent results are attained through first class teaching and the good working relationships that the school fosters between pupils and their teachers.


Students at St Brigid’s can study up to 12 subjects at GCSE. In designing the curriculum, the school aims to foster a broad and balanced choice of subjects to give our students the best possible range of qualifications at GCSE.

Year 9 is where learners begin to make decisions about their future.  They are asked to select from a range of subject options that they wish to pursue. These learning pathways allow students to specify areas of learning that interest them and may be important for their future careers.

Click the Learning Pathways tab to find out about what we offer out pupils.


We aim to offer comprehensive support to your child with examinations. Click the links to download our revision guides and tips for those pupils taking exams.

Take a look at the presentations delivered at our Parents and Carers Workshop 'Help your child prepare for their exams' in April 2023.



A Typical Day:

  • The school day starts at 8.50am with registration.

  • Registration period is used for assemblies on some days, which might be spiritual form time or whole school assemblies.

  • Clubs and activities take place at lunch time and after school.

Here is an example of a timetable for a Upper School student.

Years 7 - 11
Start of School Day
8:50 - 9:15
9:15 - 10:15
Lesson 1
10:20 - 11:20
Lesson 2
10:20 - 11:35
11:35 - 12:35
Lesson 3
12:35 - 1:15
1:15 - 2:15
Lesson 4
2:15 - 3:20
Lesson 5
End of Day
Equipment and Belongings:

We remind pupils that they are responsible for their own belongings. Your child should bring their own personal equipment to use during the day.

An example pencil case for a typical child would include:

  • Small regular pencil case

  • HB pencils

  • Blue handwriting pen (No biros)

  • Small ruler

  • Eraser

  • Dry wipe whiteboard pen

  • Selection of colouring pencils

  • Small pencil sharpener with shavings catcher (no larger winding sharpeners please)

  • Glue stick

  • Highlighter pen


Please ensure all items can fit inside a small pencil case. This ensures they cannot be lost while at school or when transporting to and from school.


All pupils in Upper School are given opportunity if they choose to join the Combined Cadet Force and through this they can take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Learners can have music and singing lessons delivered by specialist teachers and often have leading roles in the annual school production.

There is an annual end of term trip in the summer term which is a reward for good behaviour and effort throughout the school day.

The Upper School have opportunity to take part in the School Sport’s day.

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