Message from our Head Boy

St. Brigid’s is an extremely unique school that really brings every student into a big family. The older pupils look after the younger pupils while the younger ones tend to look up to their more experienced schoolmates. During my time in the sixth form, both as a first year and Head Boy, I noticed as I walked around the school people of all year groups would approach me to say hello. It is this family atmosphere that really helps pupils to thrive. This atmosphere is reinforced by schemes like the reading and maths ‘Buddies’ and even the Combined Cadet Force in which the older pupils help teach the younger pupils, further boosting the respect between everyone.

For almost fourteen years, St. Brigid’s has provided me with plenty of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. These opportunities have helped me and countless other pupils over the past 81 years achieve their goals, academic or otherwise. One of the ways that they offer these opportunities is through the Combined Cadet Force that St. Brigid’s offers. This allows pupils to use skills outside of the classroom and to round off their development. Through the cadets I have had the chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme from Bronze to Gold Level, Cadet Centre of Adventurous Training activities, BTEC qualifications and various other courses that have really helped to flesh out my CV and personal statement, giving me the best possible start in any further applications I wish to make.

The school also maintains a Catholic ethos delivering masses and services that really bring the school together. The school, of course, used to be a convent and some of the traditions from those early years have been carried forward today. Much of this is down to a former pupil, turned Head Teacher, turned Chaplain: Sister Liz, who sadly passed away in 2018, but whose influence on the school is still felt.

St. Brigid’s also aims to boost the confidence of the children who attend with schemes like the Speech and Drama Club really allowing the pupils to grow. I myself have benefitted greatly from taking part in Rotary Public Speaking Competitions and the biennial school pantomime. They have helped me to be at ease when around people and have given me confidence going forward when having interviews for university and while looking for employment.

My final weeks at St. Brigid’s were sadly cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic and now I am preparing to move onto university, but the lessons St. Brigid’s taught me will stay with me forever. I will always be thankful to everyone at the school, both staff and students, who provided me with such an incredible school experience and the opportunities and memories that I now take forward.

Philip Wood

Head Boy 2019-2020