Welcome to St Benedict's Catholic High School & Sixth Form
Every school is unique. St Benedict’s offers a Sixth Form education that we believe will inspire you.
The two cohorts that have now completed their post-16 studies at St Benedict’s have been extremely successful and we are justifiably proud of our achievements so far. Our students have consistently out-performed those from similar schools in the country. Our 2014 results saw 86% of students studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme gain places on university courses - many of them are now studying in establishments belonging to the most highly regarded Russell Group. Three students achieved Diploma scores of 41 points and this puts them in the top 5% of all IB students globally.
Our Sixth Form offers a truly comprehensive suite of 21st century courses designed to meet the needs of the young people of today.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme suits open-minded and enthusiastic learners who want an all-embracing academic and characterful learning experience within the ethos that St Benedict’s encompasses. It offers both the breadth and depth of curriculum that is being increasingly demanded by universities, professional associations and employers.
Complementing the IB, we are offering BTECs in Health and Social Care and also in Business. The BTEC Level 3 qualifications offer students pursuing a more vocational education an alternative route to university, an apprenticeship or employment.
St Benedict’s provides opportunities to students who believe that the particular ’outstanding’ (Ofsted 2012) education offered is what they want. I am sure, from experience, that they will be happy as part of our family, that they will be stimulated, broaden their horizons and step out of their comfort zones, whilst maintaining their integrity and compassion. We are very proud of our present and past students, and of what they have achieved.
St Benedict’s believes in education with character and this continues in our Sixth Form. There will be a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. For example, we offer Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, academic visits in the UK, overseas trips to Uganda and China, further links with our sister schools in Hungary, Spain and France, a variety of sporting and other activities - literally, something for everybody.
St Benedict’s has always been an outward-facing school - a school where the individual matters and a school where expectations are high. In short, we will be offering a world-class education for those who aspire to be world-class students.
St Benedict’s is a voluntary-aided, co-educational Catholic high school serving a very wide catchment area which includes the Catholic parishes of Alcester, Bidford, Broadway, Chipping Campden, Evesham, Henley, Stratford and Studley.
The school was founded in 1963 and is blessed with an eleven acre site close to the centre of the historic town of Alcester. There are over one hundred well-qualified full-time and part-time members of staff who, in keeping with the aims of the school, help provide our students with a spiritual, academic and pastoral environment which enhances their development.
The purpose-built Sixth Form building was opened in 2011 and provides a spectacular modern working environment.
The ethos and philosophy of St Benedict’s originates in our faith in Christ. All pupils feel part of a caring, Christian family and we warmly welcome non-Catholic students. St Benedict’s is known as a family school and there is a genuine rapport between staff, pupils and parents.
Respect for others, self-respect, genuine effort, honesty, good manners, initiative, self-esteem, charity, caring and other similar qualities are actively encouraged. Rules will be kept to a minimum and are designed to promote the happiness, safety, progress and good conduct of our young people. Our expectation is that all members of our Sixth Form will fully embrace our ethos and standards.
The school expects parents to support our Christian ethos, its system of rewards and sanctions and to reinforce the school’s expectations of conduct, attendance, dress and attitudes to study.
The Pastoral Head of the school works with the Head of Sixth Form, together with the Heads of Year 12 and 13, to provide high quality care of the students, working with outside agencies where appropriate.
Each student will be placed in a form which has a tutor who is responsible for the welfare of their students. The tutor's role is pastoral - a guide, who supports, leads, oversees and, if necessary, disciplines. Discipline at St Benedict’s is firm but kind; praise, encouragement and caring engender responsiveness and responsibility. Our students’ attitude is characterised by traditional politeness, helpfulness, warmth and thoughtfulness. The form tutor is the first and most important source of help as well as being the initial point of contact for parents. We believe in a triangle of communication between parents, students and staff, where channels should always be open.
Student support is important and reflects the need for growth of independence. Sixth Form years can be very stressful. We seek to provide an open door for all those with problems or concerns. Our pastoral care aims to enable our students:
· to form good relationships with others based on mutual respect and trust
· to develop positive attitudes
· to use initiative to become ‘well-rounded’ leaders of the future
· to contribute to our St Benedict’s family
· to take their place in the world as good citizens having reached their academic potential
To encourage good communication and to aid organisation we produce a Sixth Form calendar at the beginning of the Autumn Term outlining key dates, deadlines and events over the two year cycle of study. Each student will be issued with a planner to assist in the development of sound organisational skills.
Providing our students with informed advice about their future career opportunities is one of our top priorities in the Sixth Form. Staff and external agencies will introduce students to the range of options that are available to them on leaving school.
Whilst in the Sixth Form, the Heads of Year 12 and 13 support students making University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) applications. Those students who are intending to apply to university have to work to precise deadlines that are set by UCAS. During Year 12 students will receive crucial guidance on how to complete the UCAS form using the UCAS website and also the structuring and writing of their personal statements. Parental support in helping your son or daughter to meet these deadlines will be essential. The International Baccalaureate also allows our students to apply to overseas universities.
Opportunities to attend University Taster Days and Masterclasses are made available to students as well as visits to UCAS Conventions.
Those students not intending to apply to University are supported in their search for employment and apprenticeships or may be given guidance regarding taking a Gap Year.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School & Sixth Form directly.