Headteacher’s Welcome

 

The aim of Catholic education and the role of adults working in St Benedict’s is that young people, “attain the fullness of Being, the fullness of God Himself.”

Ephesians 3:19

 

Welcome to the St Benedict’s Catholic High School website.  St Benedict’s is an 11-19 Voluntary Aided maintained school.  A local governing body in place.  There are no trust arrangements operating.  St Benedict’s is a happy, thriving, over-subscribed school in the Diocese of Lancaster.  From September 2018 the school will be co-located with Mayfield Special School as part of Campus Whitehaven, a £33m investment in the local area.  We value our partnership with our sister school, St Joseph’s Workington.

 

We recognise our duty of care in preparing our students for GCSE and A level examinations.  The virtues and values we promote in school as we cherish and develop our students are of primary importance to us.  The school takes no steps in order to artificially inflate its performance measures nor position in national league tables.

 

We enjoy watching our students grow and develop as they become compelling individuals, enjoying success 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 16 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, and Science as well as a moral compass.  We also recognise that our students need to develop resilience, flexibility, and a willingness to operate as part of a team.  We are preparing our students for employment roles that we cannot even begin to imagine.

 

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 invest heavily in the development of our staff and continue to explore contemporary research and leading edge approaches to teaching and learning.  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.

 

Ian Smith
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.