• Our latest Newsletter

    Our latest Newsletter

    We have uploaded our latest newsletter which captures the good work and progress being made here at St Benedict’s Academy, Preston, Lancashire. Read more in the newsletter which can be downloaded here. Our work depends on your goodwill and support both in prayer and where you feel able by financial means.  We need: …
  • A newly-ordained priest at St Benedict’s

    A newly-ordained priest at St Benedict’s

    Dear friends, No sooner had I arrived in England than I happily took up my duties as chaplain at St Benedict’s Academy. It was back to school for me after 7 years of seminary. What could be better for a young priest who has everything to learn about the priestly life! Indeed, I …
  • Catechism


    “What is the difference between a friar and a monk?” asked Sister one day in catechism. Several hands shot up enthusiastically. “The difference is,” answered one child somewhat naively but honestly, “that a monk has the back of his head shaved and a friar does not.”  …. “How many people do you think …
  • Bridging the Gap

    Bridging the Gap

    On the last day of term, the youngest children were set a challenge: make a bridge long enough to span a desk using art straws and a small amount of tape. We had a look at some famous bridges and talked about what made them strong. It was harder than we thought; the …
  • One cardboard box!

    One cardboard box!

    In Primary 1 we had a large, empty cardboard box. We were sure it would be useful for something so we kept it. The children have been studying Medieval history and art as a combined topic this year. They have looked at illuminated manuscripts, altarpieces, decorative metalwork and jewellery and learned how they …
  • O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine!

    O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine!

    Each morning at the Saint Benedict Academy, we begin the day by greeting OurLord truly present in the tabernacle. Likewise, at the end of the day’s studies, we kneelbefore the tabernacle and give thanks for the day’s graces.Every aspect of an authentically Catholic life draws strength from this most augustSacrament, and so it …
  • Open House at Saint Benedict’s Academy

    Open House at Saint Benedict’s Academy

    Come and see!  Jesus addressed this warm invitation to His first disciples.  Likewise, we who would like to form young hearts and minds to follow Our Lord wish to extend a similar invitation.  Come and see the Saint Benedict Academy on Friday, 18th June!  Come and see the joyful Catholic spirit of our …
  • The Great Feasts at Saint Benedict’s

    The Great Feasts at Saint Benedict’s

    If we desire that our children should have a deeply-rooted Catholic faith, it is essential that they enter into the great mysteries of the Church’s liturgical year.  In keeping with the spirituality of the Institute of Christ the King, Saint Benedict’s strives to impress this love of the liturgy upon the hearts of …
  • Presentation Video

    Presentation Video

    Sign up for September 2021. Saint Benedict’s Catholic Academy, in the city of Preston provides a classically taught curriculum for your children in a Catholic environment. For more information please contact: St Benedict’s Academy offers: • A classically-taught curriculum including English Language & Literature, Maths, Science, History, Latin, French, Art, Catechism and …
  • Deo Gratias!

    Deo Gratias!

    Following the recent decisions of the government, Saint Benedict’s has been able to re-open its doors for the month of March after two months of exclusively online learning.  It is a great joy for teachers, students, and the principal to be able to return to the classroom and spend less time in front …
  • St. Benedict’s Academy Continues to Flourish!

    St. Benedict’s Academy Continues to Flourish!

    Please find our latest news!
  • Principal’s Update

    Principal’s Update

    Return from half-term holidays. After seven weeks of class, the children of Saint Benedict’s have just enjoyed a well-deserved holiday.  Now, we return with new energy, ready to confront the challenge of exams!  We ask the children to consider both success and struggles with a supernatural outlook.  Our achievements are a motive for thanksgiving, while …
  • Autumn 2019 Newsletter

    Autumn 2019 Newsletter

    See here out latest news in pictures.
  • Sponsor a parachuting priest! £5000 needed!

    Sponsor a parachuting priest! £5000 needed!

    What is St Benedict’s Academy all about? We are a part-time academy based in Preston, Lancashire, looked after by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and welcome children from age 5 to 18. In September, the academy will be entering into its third academic year, having started in January 2018. The …
  • Corpus Christi at St Benedict’s

    Corpus Christi at St Benedict’s

    On Thursday, lessons finished early so that staff and pupils could attend the Mass of Corpus Christi. We were joined by other faithful at English Martyrs for a solemn Mass and a procession through the streets. Some pupils from St Benedict’s served, some sang and some threw petals in front of the Blessed …
  • Lunchtime at the Park

    Lunchtime at the Park

    We are very lucky to have a large and lovely park just 5 minutes from the Academy. When the sun is shining, pupils and staff head over to Moor Park to eat lunch and play football, basketball or just to run around with a frisbee. Deacon Post has been passing on some skills …
  • Teaching Chant at St Benedict’s – an Interview

    Teaching Chant at St Benedict’s – an Interview

    Sister, tell us where you are from and where you first met the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus. I am French and I discovered the Sisters thanks to the Canons who were accompanying a youth group of which I was a member. And you made your vows in … In …
  • Soft, Strong and Astronomically Long

    Soft, Strong and Astronomically Long

    Pupils in years 3 and 4 are enjoying their astronomy course and have been amazed at what they have learnt about God’s wonderful creation. They have been learning all about the solar system; the sun, the planets, the asteroid belt, the international space station and more. One of their activities has been to …
  • Spring Newsletter

    Spring Newsletter

    Click here to see our latest colourful newsletter.
  • Away in a Manger (recording)

    Away in a Manger (recording)

  • Latest news in pictures

    Latest news in pictures

  • Singing at Friday Mass (recordings)

    Singing at Friday Mass (recordings)

    The pupils and staff of Saint Benedict’s Academy are blessed with the opportunity to hear daily Mass said by one of the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. On Fridays, Mass is sung – what a beautiful end to a week of hard work! The Ordinary of the Mass …
  • A great job!

    A great job!

    The decorators have been busy decorating our new classrooms, office, toilets and cloakroom – and have done a lovely job! Following plastering and the replacement of some of the woodwork they have been making the place fresh and bright. All the rooms are grade II listed and so the new woodwork has been …
  • Corpus Christi and St. Angela Merici

    Corpus Christi and St. Angela Merici

    Our first week back after the half-term break was crowned with the beautiful feast of Corpus Christi. The St Benedict Academy choir was again privileged to sing at the Mass in the shrine of St Walburge. They sang Giueseppe Baini’s Panis Angelicus for three voices. Each day, before lessons start, one of the Canons or …
  • Ascendit Deus (recording)

    Ascendit Deus (recording)

    The senior choir have been busy rehearsing for this evening’s High Mass on this great solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord. (Can’t see the video above? Click here to find this and similar videos on our YouTube channel.)
  • Green fingers

    Green fingers

    Lessons come in all forms here at St Benedict’s. An afternoon of practical horticulture left us all with muddy-knees and rosy-cheeks, and has really brightened up our outdoor classroom. Pupils and teachers worked together, weeding, pruning, cutting grass, digging borders, eating chocolate (thank you, Sister!), and filling the brand-new composter to bursting. The …
  • From Brazil to Preston, a conversation with our Latin teacher.

    From Brazil to Preston, a conversation with our Latin teacher.

    Abbé Marcelo de Oliveira, you’re originally from Brazil. When did you leave your home country? I left Brazil for the first time to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Blue!) in America, where I went to pursue my PhD.   So, your first degree was in Brazil and then you did your doctorate …
  • Saint Benedict’s senior choir sing at the Easter Triduum

    Saint Benedict’s senior choir sing at the Easter Triduum

    Saint Benedict’s is on holiday, but senior pupils from the Academy were singing at St Walburge’s for the Easter Triduum. The Institute of Christ the King held all its Preston Easter liturgies in at St Walburge’s shrine this year. They were beautiful and very moving ceremonies.  The Sister Adorers chanted most of the …
  • Two important milestones.

    Two important milestones.

    Yesterday was the last day of our first term at The Saint Benedict Academy. There is much to be thankful for. Two especially important milestones have been; the granting of the title “Catholic” by the Rt Rev Michael Campbell and the granting of charitable status by the Charity Commission. We are extremely grateful …
  • Celebrating the feast of St Benedict

    Celebrating the feast of St Benedict

    Yesterday we celebrated the feast of our patron, Saint Benedict. The celebrations started with sung Mass in the little chapel where the day usually begins with prayers and a short talk from one of the Canons. Then it was tea and cake in the hall. After tea, pupils were set to seek the …