The Combined Cadet Force, or CCF, conducts military-style training each week with the support of the Regular Army. Boys and girls aged 13 (Year 9) upwards can join the CCF, and many continue until they leave at the end of the Sixth Form. Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including shooting, adventurous training and tactical exercises. Senior cadets are trained in leadership and given responsibility for younger cadets. There is a Field Weekend each term as well as a week-long Summer Camp, and there are many other voluntary camps and courses throughout the year.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme takes St Benedict’s pupils out of their comfort zone and into the wilds. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards provide valuable experience of teamwork and perseverance as well as survival skills and navigation. They consist of different challenges: Skills, Physical, Volunteering, Expedition and, for the Gold award, a Residential activity. D of E is highly regarded by universities and employers, who recognise the level of personal development the awards represent. Gold is a particularly impressive achievement, and the awards are formally presented at St James’ Palace.
When pupils join St Benedict’s they are assigned to one of our four houses – Barlow, Gervase, Pickering or Roberts - named after the Benedictine martyrs who gave their lives for their faith.
The house system gives pupils many opportunities to collaborate with those of other age groups. These include raising money for house charities, sports tournaments and an annual music competition.
House points are awarded for involvement and achievement in sport, music and other areas of the school’s very full and varied co-curricular programme.
The house system encourages leadership too, as House Captains and house representatives organise events and encourage widespread and enthusiastic involvement. In addition House Colours are awarded from the Upper 4th (Year 9) for outstanding overall contribution to the life of the school.
The House Cup is awarded to the overall winning house at the end of the academic year.
Congratulations to Luke and Joseph in Year 13, who have been awarded places on the prestigious PwC Flying Start degree Apprenticeship programme. @PwC_UK_Careers #PwC #flyingstart https://t.co/Pcld1Y9IAG
Year 6 are having a fantastic time in the #LakeDistrict, trying lots of new activities. They've spent a night under canvas and are now working towards their @JohnMuirTrust award by planting wildflower meadows and learning other ways to protect the natural environment. https://t.co/zkIQYgpgSC