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We said, 'A wholly unpretentious, good solid school with sound values that is never going to squash your child into a box. Exactly the school for your brightish but quietish child who would sink in a larger, or tougher, environment....

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St Benedict's is London's leading independent Catholic, co-educational school. Our Mission of Teaching a way of living is at the core of the holistic Catholic education that is provided to boys and girls throughout the school.
St Benedict's is committed to supporting all children to develop their full potential and has a proud academic record. Inspections by ISI (November 2012) and Westminster Diocese (September 2013) have endorsed our success in fulfilling the school's aims and have recognised the many strengths of the school. St Benedict's welcomes children of other Christian denominations and other faiths.
Senior School pupils are encouraged to think and express themselves creatively, to work independently and to take pride in all their achievements. Sixth Form students take on leadership roles and all contribute to a variety of projects, which raise funds for communities across the world.
There has been huge recent investment in buildings and facilities and a 12 million development programme started in August 2014. St Benedict's is renowned for its sporting tradition and has a national reputation for rugby. A wide range of co-curricular activities is offered, including music, drama, Duke of Edinburgh' Award Scheme, CCF and opportunities for Christian service.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Polish at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Religious Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Religious Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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We said, 'A wholly unpretentious, good solid school with sound values that is never going to squash your child into a box. Exactly the school for your brightish but quietish child who would sink in a larger, or tougher, environment. An honest, hard-working place with a gentle and loving approach', and we still think that that is a fair description


Since September 2016, Andrew Johnson, previously head of Stonyhurst. Educated at Bristol (French and Spanish) and Portsmouth (education management). Has also been deputy head at Birkdale and head of modern languages at Winchester, where he taught for 10 years. Started his teaching career at Douai in Berkshire. Married to Dawn, with two sons, both an university. Enjoys theatre, music and the great outdoors.

Head of junior school since 2005, Mr Rob Simmons BA,...

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Special Education Needs

We are a robust department of trained SpLD specialist teachers, qualified teachers, and a private peripatetic SpLD teacher along with Learning Support Assistants. We cater mainly for dyslexic pupils, although we also have pupils with mild dysgraphia, dyscalculia, sensory impairment, Asperger’s and ADHD. We have also developed our inclusion of disabled students. Our support is delivered through in-class support where differentiation is developed by an additional specialist teacher, as well as withdrawal on a 1:1 or small group basis. When children are withdrawn they follow a specific programme of study. We may also offer early morning booster lessons in maths and literacy for certain students. Outside lesson times, during break times, lunchtimes and after school, pupils may receive additional support. Pupils may also follow spelling and reading programmes and participate in our reading and spelling clubs. We adhere to the SEN Code of Practice and all SEND students are issued with a Pupil Profile. Pupils are monitored over and above the school tracking each term by all subject teachers contributing to a Pupil Profile Monitoring review which is sent to parents. We work in close liaison with parents, pastoral teams and subject teachers. We have strong relationships with our outreach contacts and liaise closely with external agencies. We foster and enjoy a strong and personal rapport with our SEND pupils, monitoring and assessing them closely and regularly. Programmes of study are tailored to individual needs. We value and respect the contribution of all students and recognise that children may have a different pace of learning and understanding which at times requires additional support. A separate Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator caters for those with special talents and a variety of activities are organised and made available to them, including attending Gifted and Talented Camps. We acknowledge that children may both have SEN and also be Gifted and Talented.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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