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Welcome to St Benedict's Catholic Primary School

St Benedict's is a medium sized Catholic Primary School on the edge of Midsomer Norton, near Bath.  The school is just in Somerset and comes under the Somerset County Council education service.  We currently have 191 pupils and strong links with the Downside Community in Stratton-on-the-Fosse.
​Please browse our site and let us know your comments on the Contact Us page. 
Any school closures will be posted here and on under School Closures. 
Announcements will also be made on local radio stations

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A guide for parents and children 

What is most important to remember?
Make sure a parent, teacher or carer knows when you’re surfing the net.
If you get an e-mail with rude or unpleasant things, you MUST tell a responsible adult straight away and DON’T reply to it!
Remember that it’s not your fault that someone has sent you this.
What information shouldn’t I give out?
Unless you have an adult’s permission never ever give out:
Your real name
Your home, school or e-mail address
Your phone number
A photo of yourself
Your parents’ bank or card details
Do passwords keep you safe?
Only if you keep them completely secret! Don’t even tell your best friend.
Try not to use names of your family or pets because people can guess them quite easily.
 Use a mix of upper and lower case letters and numbers instead.
Are sending emails safe?
Yes, but don’t open e-mails, downloads or attachments from people you don’t know: they might have viruses or unwanted messages inside.
Staying safe in chat rooms or interactive online gaming sites
1. If you’re asked for a screen name to use in a chat room/gaming site use a nickname – never your real name.
2. If you’re in a chatroom/gaming site and you start feeling uncomfortable about what someone’s saying, get out of there and tell an adult.
3. People may not be who they say they are.
4. If you get an e-mail telling you not to tell your parents about it, don’t reply and tell an adult straight away.
Can I meet a web pal in person?
Never ever meet anyone you’ve met over the internet without a parent’s/carer’s permission and even then always make sure you have an adult with you.
What if a website asks me to register my details?
If a website asks you to register with them and you have to fill out an e-mail form, always ask for an adult’s opinion first.
Very often, the website is just trying to sell you something.
Can I block unwanted email?
Spam, or unwanted e-mails, make up half of all e-mails sent around the world. They are usually meant for adults and can be upsetting for children. 
But you don’t have to accept it or put up with them.
There is special software which can stop spam getting into your inbox.
Speak to your parents/carers about the software if you are at all worried.
Most internet and e-mail companies, have some sort of system in place to block spam, and they are working to get better systems all the time.  If you need any more information about what they can do, e-mail them for help.
What is private chat?
This is using part of a site where other people can’t see what you’re saying. Never agree to a private chat with someone unless you already know them face-to-face, in real life.
You can also have private chats on “instant messaging”.
Instant messaging – sometimes shortened to IM – is a computer program that allows you to send messages that other users receive straight away.
It is best to only do this with people you already know in real life. If you get to a chat room through instant messaging, remember to follow the same safety rules you would use if you were chatting anywhere else.
Useful websites to help keep us ‘esafe’
Useful sites for Pupils - This site is really good if you are in Key Stage 1. Have a look at all the things you can learn from Hector! - This section is aimed at pupils in Key Stage 2. Explore what is going on in the Cyber Café while learning lots about how to keep safe when you are online.
Useful sites for Parents/Carers
NSPCC Website
A really useful site for parents run by CEOP (Child exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
Interactive e-safety guide for parents:

Congratulations Team RoboBens!

​On 18th January Team RoboBens, our robotics team, attended the 2018 First Lego League Robotics challenge in Bristol. They had a fantastic experience and also had great success! Robobens came a magnificent fifth overall and won the trophy for the Best Robot Design! Amazing! Well done team! 

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It's Panto Season!


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Landslide Victory for the Global 7


St Benedict's held its own Election
with 'Global 7' winning a landslide victory

Read all about it on the School News page


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Champions League Winners


 On 26th April our football team went to Somervale to compete in the MSN Games Association year 5 and 6 Champions League Football Tournament.

We played and won the three games in our pool which put us in the semi-final. We also won this game and so to the final! This was against Peasdown St John Primary (the largest Primary in B&NES!)

WE WON! St Benedict’s are the champions!

Thank you to our loyal supporters and Mr Paines our coach.​

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Year 6 Youth Speaks Teams take second place

in the Rotary Club 'Youth Speaks' competition
On Wednesday 8th February, the teams competed against 6 other primary age teams from the local area.  The children spoke confidently and clearly on the following topics:
Siblings: the youngest, eldest and the one in the middle
Aliens: Do they really exist? 

We are incredibly proud of both teams - well done!


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Congratulations to our Football Team



Following their success at the ESFA Small Schools Football Tournament, the team went on to

represent B&NES at the County Finals in Bridgwater on 20th January 2017.

They starting on a winning streak with a 6-0 win in their first game.

Their continued success took them all the way to the semi finals!

We are so proud of them - well done Team!

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"This school continues to be good"

Ofsted 2015


'The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection'

'Together with your governors, you have provided strong leadership and the ambition to continue to improve the school'

'School leaders place the highest priority on keeping pupils safe'

'The school's religious character is an integral part of everyday life'

Ofsted, December 2015

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'Governors and leaders are highly committed to maintaining and promoting the Catholic life of the school through ‘strong, shared, moral leadership'

'Governors and leaders have been highly effective in creating and sustaining an inclusive and open culture where all are valued'
'Pupils are proud of their inclusive Catholic family and their behaviour is exemplar'
 'The quality of teaching in RE is good, resulting in good progress in lessons and achievement over time;
 teachers are enthusiastic and effective in promoting purposeful learning, engagement in and enjoyment of RE and are committed to improving their subject knowledge and practice'
Clifton Diocese, Section 48 (R.E.) Inspection, December 2015

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"I clearly remember a little girl who could not wait to get to school and St Benedict's did not disappoint." 

"Thank you to all staff who have helped to lay this fabulous solid foundation for life."
Parent of Year 6 pupil

"Thank you for your inspiration and dedication throughout my time at St Benedict's.  I will leave with so many happy memories!  I will always treasure my time spent at St Benedict's."
Year 6 pupil



Latest Newsletter

No 36, July 6th 2018.pdfNo 36, July 6th 2018