St Benedict’s C of E VA Junior School was founded by the parishioners of Glastonbury for the benefit of all children who live in the area. It was built in the reign of Queen Victoria and was extended and enlarged as numbers have increased. Read extracts from the very first and second school log books in 1876 and 1877.
Our school provides education for children between 7 and 11 years of age. The majority of children come from St John’s Infants’ School and go on to St Dunstan’s School at age 11. We currently have 208 children on roll who come from Glastonbury and the surrounding area.
Our school is a welcoming environment which is aesthetically pleasing and academically stimulating. It is one which motivates pupils to recognise their talents in the fields of learning, artistic expression and physical achievement.
We are very proud of the fact that we have been awarded Dyslexia Friendly School Status and Healthy School Status.
We have strong links with both St Benedict’s Church where we hold our services and The Church of St John the Baptist. In fact most of the choristers in the excellent St John’s choir attend St Benedict’s School.
To achieve the aim of our mission statement ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’, we seek to provide a Christian environment, where we endeavour to engender in young people self-confidence, appreciation of the skills of their peers and sensitivity to the needs of others.
Key points from the latest Inspection of Anglican Schools report (November 2016) are:-
“Warm relationships and extending hospitality are hallmarks of the school.”
“The School has considered carefully what it means to be a church school in a diverse community and works sensitively with families from all faiths and none. The Christian belief that all are equal in the sight of God underpins this approach and children speak eloquently and with commitment of this being a school where all are welcome. They are able to express their thoughts around spirituality clearly and confidently. There is a particularly strong emphasis on creative and social development and children’s all round growth is celebrated and promoted.”
“The rate of pupil progress has steadily improved over the last three years meaning that the school is now often meeting and sometimes exceeding national expectations in English and Maths. Children are able to explain clearly how values affect their approach to learning and as a consequence are more equipped to overcome obstacles to achievement.”
We are a junior school where all parents can be assured of educational excellence for their children, as part of our commitment to the community of Glastonbury through the development of pupils and staff.