Saint Benedict a Catholic Voluntary Academy
Derby, United Kingdom
About Saint Benedict a Catholic Voluntary Academy
Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy is a mixed, mainstream, Roman Catholic secondary school in Darley Abbey, Derby. The school caters to 11- to 18-year-old students and has approximately 1,494 pupils enrolled.
Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy is the only Catholic secondary school in the city of Derby. The school was built on its current site after the land was bought by the Sisters of Mercy. Its Latin motto, "Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti", translates as "the cross of our holy father Benedict".
Values and vision
Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy is a learning environment built upon a faithful and loving community that has Christ as its centre. Teachers aim for academic excellence while respecting the needs and abilities of every individual child. They believe every student can achieve above and beyond the national expectation of them and they work tirelessly to achieve this.
The secondary school has a specialism in performing arts, but its curriculum also concentrates on the core areas of English, maths and science, alongside RE, humanities, and languages. A big emphasis is placed on understanding the world of work, and developing and strengthening every child’s abilities and skills through the school’s careers and PHSE curriculum.
“The school promotes pupils’ creative development through its long-established performing arts specialist status and uses this to good effect across the curriculum. The care, guidance and support given to pupils are good, and the school’s safeguarding arrangements are outstanding in their coverage and thoroughness.”