Welcome to St Benedict’s Catholic School

Mr Hugh O'Neill, Headteacher

Welcome to St. Benedict’s Catholic School. We are a growing school, with a planned size of about 740 students, boys and girls, aged 11 to 18.

Our growth is the result of St Benedict’s offering a limited number of places in year 7, for the first time, in September 2013. These places are intended principally for children in Catholic primary schools in West Suffolk where children leave at the end of year 6. Read more...


GCSE results 2014: Press release

St Benedict’s was celebrating its best GCSE results for the last 3 years, and a huge rise in the 5 A*-C pass rate from 2013. The percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths is 71%, 18 percentage points better than last year, and in line with the standards which St Benedict’s has achieved for many years prior to 2012. Results in English were especially impressive, not only in a pass rate of 76%, but also the very high proportion of A* and A grades. St Benedict’s took the decision to move to what had been called the “International GCSE” in 2012 following the “fiasco” over AQA English results that year. Most St Benedict’s students took the new-style exam, which has no coursework or controlled assessments. It was a decision that the school feels was well-justified. Headteacher Hugh O’Neill said: “We were very unhappy with the huge fluctuation in our English results when the 2012 results came out. Like many schools, we made our protests about the reliability of the AQA exam, and got nowhere. The English department proposed that we move to the new-style exam, and I am very glad that we did.” He went on to say, “I am very proud that we have restored the excellent exam results at GCSE that we have had for so many years. I am immensely proud of our students, and must especially mention the work of all our staff, particularly those in the English department. It has been a very tough couple of years for English departments everywhere, and St Benedict’s English teachers have worked tremendously hard to help students achieve the grades they deserve. That goes also for all the other staff, whose hard work and dedication is reflected in some really outstanding results.”

Of individual success stories, 5 students achieved 13 or 14 A* grades, and another 9 achieved at least 12 A*-A grades. These match the best ever results achieved by St Benedict’s students. Also noticeable was the closing of the gap between boys and girls, with both doing almost equally in all the key measures. Finally, 43% of St Benedict’s students attained the English Baccalaureate .

Individual success stories
Fady Kemal 14 A* 1 A; Ben Gale 14 A*; Emilia Jewell 14 A*; Olivia Snudden 13 A* 1 A; Georgia Walker 13 A* 1 A; Rebecca Hunter 6 A* 7 A; Kathryn Kitching 6 A* 5 A; Georgia Losasso 5 A* 8 A; Emily Markham 10 A* 2 A; Hannah McAuley 9 A* 4 A; Tascha Mountford 6 A* 6 A; Ciara O’Donnell 9 A* 3 A; Grace Sinnott 5 A* 7 A; Phoebe Thomson-Bird 9 A* 4 A;

Headline figures:
Number of students: 149
% gaining 5 A*-C grades 78%
% gaining 5 A*-C including English and Maths 71%
% gaining English Baccalaureate 43%
% 5 A*-G grades 98%
% gaining at least 1 qualification at A*-G 100%
Average points score per student 521

For further information please contact Hugh O’Neill honeill@st-benedicts.suffolk.sch.uk

The statistics, showing for the first time the destination of school leavers, showed three state schools - St Benedict's Catholic school in Suffolk, (and two other state schools) - tied for first place, sending seven per cent of their pupils to Oxbridge.

“These statistics demonstrate the gulf between the schools and colleges which deliver for their students - and those which do not,” said Schools Minister David Laws.