Newsletters from the Summer Term are now available in the School Newsletter section.
Some of the extra-curricular sports played here at St Benet’s during 2014-2015
During the day children listened to ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ read to them in French, completed some activities centred around well-known books or authors and we were also visited by Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter.
Our school opened for the very first time on Monday 2nd June 1975 with 49 pupils. On Tuesday 2nd June 2015, our school will celebrate its 40th birthday, which is a very proud and exciting moment for everyone here at St Benet’s. To help us celebrate this memorable event, throughout the month of June there shall be numerous celebratory events and activities taking place, starting with a beautiful Mass on Tuesday 2nd June, 9.15am. Everyone is welcome to attend and special invitations shall be posted to previous members of staff and friends of our school very shortly. If any parents, grandparents or past pupils have any old photos, articles or examples of work that they would like to display and share here in school, we would love to see it. Our aim is to create the life of St Benet’s in our entrance way during the upcoming weeks, so any memorabilia would be very much appreciated.
Our Spring Term weekly newsletters can be found in the Newsletter section, so you can access them at home, on your mobile or tablet in case the paper one goes walkabout!
The launch of the new curriculum has also brought about the removal of the National Curriculum levels. Currently at St Benet’s, whilst Year 2 and Year 6 are still accessing the previous curriculum, children’s progress is still being recorded and assessed using National Curriculum levels during the academic year 2014-2015. The Management team and subject leaders are working closely with advisors from Durham Local Authority to implement a new recording and reporting system into school from September 2015. Information about what assessment system we will be using in place of levels will be reported and circulated to parents in the Summer term 2015.
In November 2014, St Benet’s were ranked as number 62 in the Top 200 Primary Schools in England based on level 5 attainment in the 2013 key stage two assessments and the top 3rd Primary School in the North East. This result is a fantastic achievement for our outstanding school and proves how wonderful our children, staff, governors, parents and other community members all work together to ensure that our children achieve their full potential by the time they leave St Benet’s!