Headteacher’s Welcome

Welcome to the St Benedict’s Catholic High School website.  St Benedict’s is a happy, thriving, over-subscribed school serving the Parishes of St Begh’s and St Benedict’s Whitehaven, St Joseph’ Frizington, St Mary’s Kells, St Mary’s Egremont and St Mary’s Cleator.  In January 2019, the school co-located with Mayfield Special School to Campus Whitehaven, a £33m investment in the local area.

 

I attended St Benedict’s Catholic High School as a pupil and chose to send my children here.  I am now extremely proud and honoured to be the Headteacher.  As a Catholic School, Christ is at the centre of everything we do.  Our values, including honesty, integrity, justice, charity, dignity and compassion are rooted in our Catholic faith.  We also recognise that our pupils need to develop resilience, responsibility, flexibility, and a willingness to operate as part of a team.

 

We pride ourselves on making a big difference to young people’s lives.  Everything we do, we do with our pupils at the heart of it.  Our mission is simple; to ensure that every one of our pupils leaves us equipped with the necessary skills, qualifications and mind-set to take the next steps in leading a deeply rewarding life.  We endeavour to nurture the caring, trusting and positive relationships between pupils, staff, parents and carers and we make a promise to all pupils that they will be safe and happy here.

 

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 around, please contact the school.

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Jackson

Headteacher

 

Our School Vision

The purpose of our school is to respond to the needs of each individual child; touching the heart and developing the whole personality by fostering qualities of mind, body and spirit, feeling and imagining in a supportive Catholic community.

Pope Francis encourages us to, “Go light a fire in the heart of the world…..and to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected.” Pope Francis also reminds us of the need to promote in our students, open minds, critical ability, and a spirit which seeks answers to the challenges modern society sets before us all. We seek therefore, to secure high academic achievement and excellence for all.

Jean Vanier summarises our aspirations for our students: “When a child is loved, seen as precious, listened to, touched with reverence, it is at peace. It opens up without fear.”

 

Our School Mission

 

At St Benedict’s we seek to show excellence in purpose, listening, doing, and belonging through our approach to the 5 W’s (Welcome, Welfare, Witness, Word, Worship).

 

Our School Motto

 

A Sense of Faith

 

Our School Prayer

 

Dear Lord, thank you for our sense of faith,
Your presence here will keep us safe.
Thank you Lord, for bringing us here,
We know with you we shall not fear.
Help us to discover our purpose, our way,
Show us where we belong this day.
Help us to open our hearts to you,
Guide us in all we say and do.
Send your peace into this place,
Let family and friends receive your grace.
Send your love, your hope, your light,
That we will always know what’s right.
Your presence here will keep us safe,
Thank you Lord for our sense of faith.
Amen.
St Benedict, Pray for us.