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Welcome to St Benedict's Catholic High School

As a Catholic school we recognise and reverence the presence of the Holy Spirit in every child and seek to nurture the God given gifts in each one, encouraging a sense of self awareness, self worth, and self fulfilment.  In helping our young people to become the people God made them to be we, as a community of faith, will recognise our duty to help our young people develop their special gift, whether it is academic, sporting, artistic or other practical abilities.  Whatever gifts your child has, we will seek to grow them within a caring, inclusive learning community that is fully aware of the demands of a complex social and economic context.  It is our sincerest wish that you, as parents and carers, fully engage with us and tell us about the school experience your child enjoys.


We want our students to enjoy school and all it has to offer.  We want to work very closely with our primary schools and our parishes because we know how influential the early years are.  We want our students to feel safe.  We want our students to have fun and enjoy their learning.  We want our students to be academically successful but above all we want them to be rounded individuals capable of living life to the full; our future social and community context depends on them.


As our students grow and develop we want them to be compelling individuals, successful in whatever context they find themselves in.  We want them to be resilient and able to cope with difficulties.  We want our students to lead fulfilling lives, influenced by an experience of the living Christ but anchored in the present and capable of dealing with the future.  Our students need to be tomorrow’s role models for society.


The future for West Cumbria is bright.  We know that we need to work with you as parents and carers but we also know that we need to work with our local business, industry, commerce and higher education.  Young people need academic success at sixteen and then freedom of choice, be it employment with training, an apprenticeship, further or higher study.  Ultimately, however, all young people need employment; and a major part of our job here in school is to ensure they are employable.  This means having a firm and clear use of English, Maths, Science and, importantly, Computer Science.


We want to develop our relationship with the world of work, especially the Energy Coast Masterplan and its Blueprint.  We want to work with business and industry to better understand how best to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and attitudes the workplace demands.


Young people will leave St Benedict’s with a respect for themselves and others, particularly adults.  They will achieve academic and personal excellence.  They will be rounded and grounded with the right skills and the right behaviours.  The leaders and managers of the school know that this can only be achieved by having the best staff, both teaching and associate.  We know we have a duty of care to everyone working in school and we seek to develop adults as much as young people.  We want our teachers to be the best.  We want to encourage creativity in classrooms and liberate teachers; we seek to do this through a relentless search for improvement in all that we do in a caring, Christian environment.


Ultimately, we recognise that a good education will enhance our students’ ability to make informed decisions, be better parents, sustain a livelihood, adopt new technologies, and be happy, contributing members of their communities.


We welcome visitors at any time but an appointment helps to ensure your time is spent well.  If you are interested in coming and having a look round, please contact the school.


Yours sincerely


Ian Smith

About us

At St Benedict’s School we provide a safe and caring environment where each student can develop their self-esteem and grow into ‘educated’ young people in the fullest sense of the word.  We believe that through their experiences in our school community we help students to understand the moral, social and spiritual demands of the society in which they live.  We help them to understand that in striving to be the best they can be, they will benefit not only themselves, but the future communities in which they may live.

By placing the values of the Gospel, the Catholic faith and a Christian ethos at the heart of all our interactions with each other in our school community, we believe that we give an additional dimension to the education of our students; by embracing the development of skills, culture, positive attitudes to learning and good citizenship in the context of Christian faith, we reflect the view of the Catholic Church that the education of the whole person is paramount.

We believe firmly in giving our students a voice in our school community.  Teachers and other adults in our school encourage students to express their views in positive and constructive ways; we listen to and respect their opinions and act upon them, empowering students to take pride in being actively involved in their school community and in aspiring to excellence in all that they do.

We place a strong emphasis upon recognising and celebrating students’ successes; whether it is academic achievement or vocational and practical achievement, inside the school community or in the wider community, all have their place in our vision of an education which will produce well rounded individuals ready to fulfil their potential in the future.

Facilities available

Information & Communication Technology
St Benedict’s has a modern structured ICT system which allows students access to the computer network through 500+ computer stations located in 11 ICT rooms. Each student has their own unique account which enables them to gain access to laser colour printing, scanning, broadband internet facilities and a large range of software applications. The provision of resources is constantly being reviewed and updated and the system is supported by a team of network specialist technicians based on site.

In the Design and Technology department, there are four purpose built design and make studios. In addition there is a foundry and welding area, a machine shop consisting of wood and metal lathes, a milling machine and a preparation area manned by a full time technician. There is a well equipped CAD CAM studio with output devices including a Triac milling machine, several CNC engravers/millers and a variety of printers.

In the Food Technology department, there are two refurbished rooms which are both attractive and equipped to a high standard. There is also one fully equipped Textile Technology room.

In September 2003 our purpose-built Engineering block was opened. The facilities include a suite of 20 computer workstations and Engineering Laboratory with equipment necessary to deliver Engineering, Electronics GCSE, AS and A2 courses.

In 2010 an additional room was equipped with specialist engineering equipment.

Our Science department has nine laboratories and a computer suite that are all built and furnished to a high specification. These provide specialist facilities for the delivery of physics, chemistry and biology at all key stages. There is a support team of well qualified technicians to facilitate the teaching of innovative practical lessons.

P.E. Department
Sportshall – size of 4 badminton courts
Netball Courts x3
Tennis Courts x 4
Rugby Pitches x3
Football pitches x3
All-weather pitch

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017

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