St Benedict's School
54 Eaton Rise,
London W5 2ES
Tel: 020 8862 2000 Fax: 020 8862 2199
• BOYS, MIXED SIXTH, Boys 11–18, Girls 16–18, Day
• Pupils 605, Upper sixth 81
• Termly fees £3040
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster
What it’s like
Founded in 1902 by monks from Downside Abbey. The school is attached to the
Benedictine Abbey and monastery created in Ealing, and is governed by the Abbot
and the Community. Both junior and senior schools are on the same urban site,
with some gardens; the playing fields are a mile away. The buildings are mostly
20th century and provide very good accommodation and facilities. The education
is Benedictine and inculcates the values and ethos of the order. The study of
religion, Roman Catholic and ecumenical, is compulsory. Academic standards are
high and examination results good. Very strong in music and art. A good record
in sports and games. Plentiful clubs and societies. A substantial commitment to
local community schemes and a creditable record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 605 day pupils (575 boys, 30 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own exam
used. All-round and academic skills required; pupils largely Roman Catholic.
State school entry, 50+% main intake (few to sixth form); 20+% from own junior
school (5 Montpelier Avenue, Ealing, London W5 2XP, tel 020 8862 2050).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Some discretionary scholarships and
bursaries. £100 maximum extras.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Christopher J Cleugh, appointed 2002. Previously Head of St
Anselm’s College, Birkenhead.
Teaching staff: 54 full time, 4 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 87 pupils in upper fifth: 76% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects; 20% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 57 (61 over 5 years).
A-levels: 80 in upper sixth: 13% passed in 4+ subjects; 66% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 265.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (10% after a gap year), 5% to Oxbridge. 2% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 26% in science & engineering, 63% in
humanities & social sciences, 8% in art & design. A few go directly into
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 22 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies taught but not examined. 17% take science A-levels; 39%
arts/humanities; 44% both. Key skills integrated into sixth-form courses but not
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Tailored to individual needs within school’s
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week) and across the
curriculum. 40 computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), most networked and with
e-mail and internet access.
Music: 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Some 7 musical groups including choir, orchestra, big band, glee
Drama: Drama offered; GCSE and A-level may be taken. Some pupils are
involved in school productions.
Art & design: On average, 24 take GCSE, 15 A-level. On average, 5 art
school entrants per year.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, cricket (for 3 years) compulsory. Optional: tennis,
swimming, athletics, badminton, basketball, volleyball, rowing, aerobics. Sixth
form only: weight training.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF and community service optional from age 14. Clubs include debating,
drama, chess, badminton, mountaineering.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses (up to Year 9). Prefects and head
boy/girl – appointed by the Headmaster.
Religion: Roman Catholic services.
Social: Debating and other regional competitions. Ski trips, art visits,
language trips, and exchanges. Pupils allowed to bring own car, bike or
motorbike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect to
have to do it under supervision in detention, Saturday detention for more
Alumni association is run by Mr D Murphy, Hon Sec, OPA, c/o the