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.”
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 January 2019 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.