Hello, I am Catherine Harper and I am honoured to be the head teacher of this vibrant and outstanding school. St Benet’s is a very special school- special because of our staff, our families, our parish, our community and of course, our wonderful children!
Our school is a small family Catholic primary which serves the parish of St. Joseph’s, Birtley in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. We see it as our mission to spread the Gospel through our aspirations and care for the children in our school. Further to this, we believe that we have a mission to our families and the wider community and we sum this up in our mission statement, which describes our aim to be “ a happy and holy place of learning and the centre of a thriving community.”
The school has a Foundation Stage unit where children from Nursery and Reception are taught in an expansive purpose built outdoor area. Children from Key Stage 1 and 2 are taught in large light and airy classrooms.
We have a wide range of extra curricular activities and ensure that our children have plenty to keep themselves busy during their time at school! We have a proud sporting tradition and compete with local schools in a wide range of sports. We offer high quality educational opportunities set in a context of spirituality and respect for each person’s dignity and uniqueness. We are very proud of our school choir who perform at each whole school Mass, parish Masses, sing at local nursing homes, Beamish and The Sage, as well as producing their own CDs.
Have a look at our latest newsletter or how we are performing as a school. We hope that you enjoy visiting our website and please do not hesitate to contact us if we can answer any queries that you have.
Miss C Harper (Head Teacher)