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St Benedict's aspires to be, not just a good primary school, serving the local community; not just a good Christian school, educating children "according to the mind of Christ" (1 Cor.2,16); but specifically a good Catholic school, rooted in the central beliefs and attitudes of the Catholic Church. It is therefore sacramental in character - a worshipping community touched in all its activities by the transforming power of God's grace. School worship and assemblies are not superficial "extras" they are the heart of all the school's activities. Children take an active part in worship - writing and reading their own prayers and stories; taking pride in their singing; sharing services with their parents; listening to the message of the Gospel with a quiet reverence; taking this message to heart and letting it reflect in their everyday activities and relationships.

The school is enriched greatly by its link with the Benedictine community of Ampleforth Abbey and Monastery a mile to the east. Two Benedictine monks are on the Governing body, Benedictine monks serve the parish as priests, hold Mass in the school, support pupils as school chaplains and contribute to the school's full and lively curriculum.

"St. Benedict’s is a good Catholic school with many outstanding features. Pupils flourish because of the strong Catholic ethos and caring, supportive family atmosphere." (Section 48 RE Inspection, 2013)

Singing in York Minster.

"Pupils make an outstanding contribution to the Catholic life of the school and benefit greatly from it. They take advantage of the many opportunities offered to them and can articulate how the school is helping them to become better people."

(Section 48 RE Inspection, 2013)


Children say:

‘Assemblies and masses make us closer as a school.’ (Maria)

‘Godly Play gives us time to speak freely about our faith.’ (Marie-Louise)

‘In Godly Play, we remember and reflect on the stories in the Bible.’ (Holly)

‘We learn about Jesus’. (Charlotte)


The law does allow parents to withdraw their children from Religious Education and acts of Collective Worship. This should be done in consultation with the Headteacher

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