St Benedict’s is a Catholic School. Our values and ethos are distinctly Christian, centred on the Lord Jesus Christ and his gospel of love, redemption, compassion and dignity of all, as revealed in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
A well-rounded education develops the whole person: academically, socially, culturally, morally and spiritually. St Benedict’s will allow students to draw from and reflect upon the spiritual richness of the Christian tradition. School will challenge students to ‘live their baptism’ and have life in its fullness, looking beyond themselves to nourish a personal friendship with God and a sense of compassion and justice for all. Pope John Paul II said that
“Catholic education is above all a question of communicating Christ, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others.”
At St Benedict’s, the chapel, with Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament is at the heart of our school. Prayer and liturgy form an integral part of school life, through collective worship and form prayers. Holy Mass or a Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion is celebrated in school on a weekly basis. Important events, such as Christmas and Easter and Holy Days of Obligation in the Church’s liturgical year, will be celebrated by the whole school community. There will be opportunities for Eucharistic adoration and confession in school.
Prayer is at the core of our life here in school. Pupils have the opportunity to pray in form time, assemblies and regular chapel visits. Students have the opportunity to visit places of worship in other religions and to go on residential retreats in Year 8, Year 10 and in the Sixth Form.
Rev. Fr. Alex Austin OSB – School Chaplain
Rev. Deacon Stephen Dunton – School Deacon
Miss Naomi Ceairns – Youth Minister
Miss G Coombes – Head of Religious Education
The team seeks to facilitate the spiritual life and journey of each student. The Chaplaincy serves all students at St. Benedict’s and can be approached by students for support. Miss Ceairns, our Youth Minister, is a welcome addition to our team, coordinating and helping to lead the spiritual life of the school.
Year 11 students have the opportunity to serve our school as Eucharistic Ministers and helping the chaplaincy team.
Our Christianity underpins everything.