St Benedict's Roman Catholic Upper School

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St Benedict's Catholic School
Motto Ora et Labora
Established 1967
Type Comprehensive
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr Hugh O'Neill
Location Beetons Way
Bury St Edmunds
IP32 6RH
Coordinates: 52°15′30″N 0°42′07″E / 52.25821°N 0.70199°E / 52.25821; 0.70199
Local authority Suffolk
DfE URN 124861 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students c.560
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Colours Green and Black

St Benedict's Roman Catholic Upper School is a co-educational Roman Catholic state school in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Opened in 1967, it is part funded by the Catholic diocese of East Anglia and Suffolk Local Education Authority. Its headteacher is Hugh O'Neill.[1] The school has around 560 students.[2]

St Benedict's is a Mathematics and Computing Specialist School.[3] Whilst the school is based in Bury St. Edmunds, many of its students travel from a wide area, including Haverhill, Thetford, Sudbury, Stowmarket, Newmarket and other surrounding villages, because it is the only Catholic upper school in the vicinity.

The school was graded as Outstanding or Good in all areas in its most recent Ofsted inspection carried out in January 2008.[4]


The school follows the National Curriculum and offers a range of subjects at GCSE and A Level. As a Catholic school, Religious Education is taught from that standpoint and is compulsory at GCSE and sixth form students are obliged to enrol in a course leading to a certificate in Religious Education.

The school offers a sixth form for students over the age of 16. Overlapping timetables with neighbouring County Upper School has given students the opportunity of taking A-Level courses from both schools. A range of compulsory courses such as Finance Management are considered mandatory.[5]


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