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    Free School Meals Administration

    From 1st May 2014 we will no longer use the services of Derby City Council for administration of free school meals. Instead we are using an online service which parents can access in the comfort of their own homes and obtain an instant decision. If you are currently entitled to free school meals you must complete the new application form prior to 1st May 2014 to be able to continue to receive free school meals.

    A demonstration of the service and how to apply can be found on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVC2ivfne1I

    Service Overview

    myFreeSchoolMeals.com is a unique, proven, standalone web service providing an Online Free School Meals eligibility checking service that allows Free School Meals Providers to verify that Parents or Carers applying for Free School Meals meet the eligibility criteria for entitlement.

    myFreeSchoolMeals.com is linked to the Department for Education – Online Free School Meals, eligibility checking service (ECS). ECS checks data from the department for Works and Pensions, the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to establish Free School Meals eligibility.

    myFreeSchoolMeals has already submitted documentation to ECS and its system has been approved. This documentation is available for inspection on request.

    By adopting our online solution our academy will provide an accessible Free School Meals application route, increase customer satisfaction and increase the number of pupils deemed eligible for Free School Meals through our system therefore impacting on our school funding by increasing the pupil premium which is allocated on free school meals data.

    Summary of the Benefits to Parents, Carers and Pupils

    The parent/carer has complete control over the application and the child receives the meal more quickly as the eligibility is checked immediately and the parent/carer no longer has to provide paper proof of benefit.

    Apply before 1st May 2014

    To apply you will need to access the link which is now available on the school website as follows – https://myfreeschoolmeals.com/ then ensure you select ‘Derby’ and ‘Saint Benedict’.

    If you would like help in completing the application then please contact the academy on 01332 557032.


    April 4th, 2014

    Accelerate English Initiative

    Accelerate English is a Read Write Inc Fresh Start programme for some Year 7 and 8 students. It is proving to be successful at increasing phonic knowledge and literacy skills. It is popular among the students too!

    Click on the links to see it in action!



    click below to see what students think of the initiative.

    accelerate 8 questionnaire

    April 4th, 2014

    Operation Christmas Child

    Thank you for your involvement in Operation Christmas Child in 2013. Globally we sent almost 10 million shoeboxes to children living in some of the toughest parts of the world, showing them that God loves them and they have not been forgotten.

    A simple shoebox gift has the power to bring change to a community.  We received this story from Kosova following a recent distribution there.

    “Someone should write a book about the impact of OCC in Kosova!’ remarked Pastor Artur, who leads one of Pristina’s largest churches.

    “The gifts help in building relationships with the authorities – even up to the country’s President. The American Ambassador to Kosova joined our in-country Co-ordinator and Pastor Artur for some distributions in December – in one day they distributed in Serbian, Albanian and Roma communities. Showing love equally to all communities is a powerful testimony here.

    “And please tell people that in the rural areas of Kosova, people so much appreciate receiving the shoebox gifts. They are so needed and are a real blessing,” added Pastor Artur.

    Yours sincerely,

    The Operation Christmas Child Team


    April 2nd, 2014

    Year 5 Open Evening – entry September 2015

    Year 5 Open Evening

    for entry at Year 7 – September 2015

    Thursday 12 June, 2014

    drop in anytime from 4.00pm. Event finishes at 8.00pm

    Headteacher’s Address at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm 

    Please contact our Admissions Officer

    by Friday 23rd May

    Email: jsands@saintben.derby.sch.uk

    or telephone 01332 554260

    (Goody bags will be available for your Year 5 child, therefore pre-booking is essential)

    ‘This is an opportunity for you and your child to visit the academy. 

    See our extensive facilities, meet our talented staff.

    Experience our caring environment, which will inspire and challenge your child.’


    *Should you wish to see the school during the day, there will be an opportunity to tour the school on Wednesday 24th September or Thursday 2nd October at 9.15am.

    Pre-booking is essential.

    March 31st, 2014

    International School Award

    Once again, many congratulations on achieving the prestigious Full British Council International School Award (2013-2016) status at your school. Forging and sustaining international school partnerships work takes dedication and commitment from yourselves and the wider school community – from the Head, the teaching staff, the students, the parents and governors and the wider school community. Through embedding and developing the enriching international dimensions of teaching and learning you have taken the learning experiences of young people beyond the parameters of the classroom, allowing fluid and exciting exchange of knowledge and ideas across the globe. This deserves recognition and celebration!

    The British Council share your commitment to this wonderful and important global learning to support globally aware students and encourage you to share and disseminate your success widely across your local community. It’s an exciting year for us in our 80th anniversary year and the 15th anniversary year of the British Council International School Award.

    Since 1934 we have worked to bring schools and communities together to share in creative and innovative international activities and you should be very proud of your commitment. A British Council International School Award (ISA) flag and plaque are in the post to you which you should display in pride of place at your school to highlight your excellent international achievements and share your success widely!

    The British Council

    March 19th, 2014

    Parents’ Consultation Day – 20th March 2014

    Parents’ Consultation Day

    Thursday March 20th 2014

    Appointment letters have been sent out but if you haven’t received one then please ring the school.

    This is an opportunity to meet with your child’s tutor who will be able to talk through your child’s progress in terms of assessments, targets and behaviour.

    Subject help Desks will also be available should you have specific questions.


    Friday March 21st  2014

    School is closed for most pupils for an INSET DAY

    However some Year 10 and 11 students will be will be attending school if staff feel they require some additional support to help them to be fully ready for their  GCSE examinations in the Summer

    March 10th, 2014