St Benedict’s School also incorporates the West Cumbria Catholic Sixth Form Centre – a joint centre which includes post-16 students from St Benedict’s and also from St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Workington. The Centre also welcomes students who are not currently in Catholic Secondary Education.
The Sixth Form Centre was totally refurbished in 2011 with a new Main Hall/Study Facility, WiFi internet access and new dining facilities. The ground floor is extensive and accommodates the increasing number of students wishing to study at our Centre.
We currently have 150 students following a range of courses at Level 3 (AS and A2) and Level 2 (OCR Nationals).
We can offer a programme of study that suits the needs of each individual, whether it is a two-year programme based entirely upon AS/A2 level study or a one-year programme baed upon an appropriate Level 2 course. (We are currently undergoing a curriculum review to expand our pathway of Level 2 courses.)
The Centre reflects the messages incorporated in the school’s Mission Statement and strives to provide a broad educational experience to the highest possible standard. We encourage students to participate in the Academic, Sporting, Social and Spiritual aspects of Sixth Form life.
We encourage students to care for others with their involvement in peer tutoring and paired reading schemes with younger members of the school. Students are able to study in the Sixth Form study areas, which has wi-fi access and additional research facilities. A large percentage of students leave the Sixth Form to go into higher education in a variety of universities ranging from Oxford to more regional universities in Carlisle and Newcastle.
The students are encouraged to widen their Sixth Form experience through involvement in sporting and social events. We encourage all the students to become involved in the many fundraising and charity events that occur throughout the year. We celebrate our students’ achievements at a Celebration of Achievements Evening each year which also provides an opportunity for current Sixth Form students to gain information on the university experiences of the previous year’s leavers. The Summer Ball also provides an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the years of Sixth Form study.
The Sixth Form experience is extremely rewarding and provides opportunities for students to be fully involved in decision making through the Sixth Form and Student Leadership Group