Bereton Montessori


Raising the Total Child: Bereton Montessori School – A Career Guidance Counsellor’s Perspective on the Best School in Nigeria

Faith Barilera (PH,D in-view) 

In Bereton Montessori School, we pride ourselves among the best schools in Port Harcourt and Nigeria at large not only because of our 45 years of raising high-flyers like Burna Boy,Abani Derego, Morey Faith  but because we understand the need to guide students through their career path early in their educational journey

Embarking on a career path is a pivotal journey for every student, and as a guidance counsellor at Bereton Montessori School in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, who handle all areas of counselling including psychological, personal, social, vocational and career counselling, I have had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the transformative impact our institution has on shaping future leaders. Allow me to share my insights into why Bereton Montessori stands out as a beacon of empowerment and excellence in career development for students in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


Bereton Montessori School is not just a place of academic learning; it is a vibrant hub where students are empowered to explore their passions, cultivate their talents, and chart their course towards fulfilling careers. Our holistic approach to education goes beyond traditional academics, equipping students with the skills, mindset, and confidence to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of the professional world.


At the heart of Bereton School’s career guidance program lies a commitment to personalised support and mentorship. As a counsellor, I work closely with each student to understand their strengths, interests, and aspirations, guiding them towards career paths that align with their individual goals. Whether it’s exploring potential career options, preparing for college admissions, or honing essential employability skills, we work hand in hand with the parents to ensure that every student receives tailored guidance to their unique needs.


One of the hallmarks of Bereton School’s career guidance initiative is our emphasis on experiential learning and real-world exposure. Through career talks for our year students guiding them through their preferred career path and subject selection process into Year 10. Through internships, job shadowing opportunities, and industry partnerships, students gain invaluable insights into various professions, allowing them to make informed decisions about their future career paths at the Year 10 level, By bridging the gap between classroom learning and practical application, we empower students to become proactive architects of their own careers by organising a career pathway program tagged BEYOND BERETON. This is our career fair where we host different Universities around the world, giving them the opportunity to meet our parents and give us the best university advice.

Furthermore, Bereton Montessori School fosters a Leadership program known as DUKE OF EDINBURGH FOUNDATION.UK. Upon completion, participants get certificates that help them to gain admissions into ivy league schools locally and internationally.

The program also prepares students for future endeavours where they would be expected to make decisions on their own. It equips them with problem solving skills, life coping skills, communication skills and other related skills universities expect applicants to possess outside of  academic qualifications.

It runs for 6 months and segmented into four areas,

  1. Skills acquisition
  2. Physical recreation
  3. Voluntary Service
  4. Adventurous Journey

Coaches are invited to take the students through the various stages. It ends with the last bit which takes participants to Adventurous Journey for the final preparations by the National officers of Duke of Edinburgh, Nigeria. It is a rich program. The most exciting part is that I am the  coordinator of DUKE OF EDINBURGH BERETON And I have amazing award leaders working with me to make the students experience a huge success.

You can get more information from the website which offers structure for character building.

At Bereton Montessori school we nurture students’ creativity and initiative. Whether it’s launching a startup venture, participating in entrepreneurial, educational  competitions, or collaborating on interdisciplinary projects, students are encouraged to think outside the box, embrace challenges, and seize opportunities for growth. In doing so, they develop the resilience, adaptability, and leadership qualities essential for success in today’s dynamic job market.

In a nutshell, Bereton Montessori School is not just a place where students receive an education; it is a launchpad for their future aspirations and endeavours. With a robust career guidance program, personalised support from dedicated counsellors, Bereton empowers students to unlock their full potential and embark on meaningful career journeys. As a guidance counsellor/career counsellor, I am proud to be part of a community that prioritises the holistic development and professional success of every student, thereby raising the total child for the common good of our nation.

Dear parents and guardians in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, take the first step towards securing your child’s future by enrolling them at Bereton Montessori School today. Contact us to schedule a campus tour and learn more about our comprehensive career guidance program tailored to nurture your child’s talents and aspirations. Your child’s journey to success starts here!


Thank you.

Izuumia Barilera Faith.

Guidance Counsellor

Bereton Montessori School Stadium Road Port Harcourt