St. Benedict's School, London

David1 year ago2 min read

St. Benedict’s School is a successful blend of the traditional and the progressive; proud of its heritage but also forward thinking and innovative. Within a caring, happy community, our pupils thrive, benefiting from a seamless education which can begin at the age of 3 and continue through to the Sixth Form. St Benedict’s combines strong academic standards with outstanding personal development, and enables all children to develop their full potential.

St. Benedict’s is a Catholic, Benedictine school and has always understood that education is about enriching lives. It is so important that pupils engage with their learning. That is why, at every stage, we challenge them to think, learn and research independently; to be curious, ask questions and go beyond the syllabus.

Remote and Blended MFL Teaching

We have had a Language Laboratory since the early 1980's and some of the existing staff still fondly remember the original reel to reel and cassette recorders! We originally invested in a Tandberg Lab which we updated to a Sanako Study 1200 system  when we moved into our new building. The new Sanako Lab is used on a rota basis for every lesson in the day and about 600 pupils regularly use this facility every week. They do listening comprehension, work and video conferencing on a regular basis and we find that it adds significantly to their subject knowledge and their enthusiasm.

When the 2020 COVID-19 lock down began in March we immediately logged on to Sanako Connect On-Line Learning Platform so that our pupils were able to seamlessly continue with their language lessons. They have continued with live whole class activities, since the teacher can address the entire group or individual, but also with their individual recordings. Feedback has been easy to provide and the self-correcting vocabulary tests have been especially appreciated.

Looking to the future, we intend to make full use of the upcoming ‘super Lab’which will combine Sanako Connect with the onsite laboratory to provide our pupils with even more opportunities to develop their linguistic skills.

Dr Thomas Ennis, Senior French Teacher, St, Benedict's School