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One of the highest performing sixth forms in Cumbria with 100% pass rate in 2014

“…one of the most welcoming and inviting places to study in preparation for your first steps towards higher education..”                                               

  “…the place to be to succeed..”

“…..extremely proud to be part of and to be able to represent such a great sixth form..”

“We guarantee to run French, German and Further Maths on our timetable, irrespective of uptake; and we are looking to introduce a wider selection of A Levels, including Politics, Media and Photography”

“In 2014, 100% of our students acquired 2 or more A Levels”


Our dedicated Student Support Officer is on hand to offer advice and guidance to all sixth form students

St Benedict’s Catholic High School incorporates the West Cumbria Catholic Sixth Form Centre, commonly referred to as “Sixth Form @ St Benedict’s” – 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 over 150 students following a range of courses at Level 3 (AS and A2). 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. 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 have 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 and Russell Group, to more regional universities in Carlisle and Newcastle. We also have ever strengthened links to the energy coast, resulting in the other percentage of students entering Level 3 apprenticeships or employment with various companies including Shepley, NNL, Cavendish Nuclear and Westlakes Engineering.

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

CLICK BELOW TO VIEW OUR BRAND NEW SIXTH FORM PROSPECTUS FOR 2015 Sixth Form @ St Benedict’s Catholic High School 2015 Prospectus

Entry Requirements for Sixth Form @ St Benedict’s Catholic High School 
Key Stage 5 Subject Sheets
Sixth Form Application Form (please print off and return to Mrs Sheena Kar) -PDF Version
A Level Reform 2015 Onwards

UCAS for NIVOIf you would like a tour of the Centre or would like to arrange a meeting with the Director Of Learning, please contact Mrs Sheena Kar on 01946 692275


Russell Group University News ~ On Tuesday 10th February 2015, 12 year 13 students spent the day at the Life Centre, Newcastle taking part in a DNA technology workshop. The aim of the workshop was to identify if they had the gene that enabled them to taste a bitter chemical present in legume plants like cabbage and brussel sprouts or the mutated form of the gene which prevented them from tasting. About 25% of the population are non-tasters.

They first identified if they were tasters or non-tasters by tasting the chemical in a blind test. The students then extracted their own DNA from cheek cells and amplified the amount of DNA using an in-vitro technique called PCR. This expensive and revolutionary technique is used in hospitals and forensic science labs to increase the amount of DNA in a small sample. The students then used specific enzymes to cut their DNA at certain places where the mutation could occur.

Using a further technique called Gel Electrophoresis they separated their cut strands of DNA resulting in the identification of the presence of taster or non-taster gene and if this matched their initial blind test.

The students then had a discussion on the Evolution of this gene and the advantages as to why the mutated non-taster gene is present in the population.

The knowledge of how these DNA technology procedures work is stipulated in the A-level Biology Specification. The students got first-hand experience of these including the manipulation of precision equipment that is used in forensic laboratories and universities.