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 Kate Pereira
Location Beetons Way (Upper School) and St Andrew's Street South (Lower School)
Bury St Edmunds
IP32 6RH (Upper School) and IP33 3PH (Lower School)
52°15′30″N 0°42′07″E / 52.25821°N 0.70199°E / 52.25821; 0.70199Coordinates: 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, Silver and Black

St Benedict's Roman Catholic Upper School is a co-educational Roman Catholic state school in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England.[1] Opened in 1967, it is part funded by the Catholic diocese of East Anglia and Suffolk Local Education Authority. 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 September 2016.


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, covering Year 12s and Year 13s. 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.[4]


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