Case Studies

St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, Bradford


Education, co-educational state secondary school.


St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Target group:

30 underperforming boys in Year 11, studying for GCSEs, plus their parents/guardians.


Introduce Tougher Minds’ Personal Resilience Programme to improve wellbeing and academic performance of underperforming pupils.

"As soon as he comes through the door he [my son] just wants to crack on with his homework. I can't believe it is the same boy!"
St Bede's and St Joseph's Parent


  • Improved GCSE performance, on average by half a grade per subject.
  • Improved levels of concentration, motivation and personal performance by pupils.
  • Improved homework and study habits among pupils.

  • Adoption of new teaching/ learning methods – Personal performance planner.
  • Successful adoption of home support techniques by parents/guardians, who were better able to help their children continue learning at home.
  • The Tougher Minds programme is now being rolled out across the school.