Welcome to St. Benedict's High School
About St. Benedict's High School

Opened in 2005, the St. Benedict's High School community was formed by the merger of St. Brendan's High (Linwood) and St. Cuthbert's High (Johnstone).

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Associated primary schools:

Our Lady of Peace Primary

St Anthony's Primary School

St David's Primary School

St Fillan's Primary

St Margaret's Primary School

Local parishes:

Christ the King (Howwood)

Our Lady of Fatima (Lochwinnoch)

St. Aidan's (Elderslie & Johnstone)

St. Conval's (Linwood)

St. Fillan's (Houston)

St. Margaret's (Johnstone)


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Our School


St Benedict’s High School is a six year denominational comprehensive school serving the communities of Linwood and Johnstone and its surrounding communities (including Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch, Howwood, Houston and Bridge of Weir). The school enjoys an open rural aspect yet is readily accessible from both Paisley and Glasgow.


The new school building, opened in 2006 as part of the Council's PPP modernisation programme, has gained widespread recognition for its modern design and pupil friendly layout. Classrooms are well equipped and include data projection facilities and linkage to the school's computer network.


Visitors to the school comment favourably on the spacious aspect of the building and the extent of natural light throughout corridors and stairways which generate a welcoming atmosphere.



Our Aims


Our aim is to provide opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential both intellectually and socially. This involves the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will help them to be effective members of society.


We encourage and promote an active interest in leisure pursuits.   Through this we strive to develop attitudes of responsibility, initiative, endeavour and individual judgement amongst all pupils.


Overall, we aim to foster care and concern for others by emphasising the importance of co-operation, tolerance and respect for others, based on gospel values.



The Staff


The school's Senior Management Team is led by the Head Teacher, and assisted by 3 Depute Head Teachers, and a Business Support Manager.  Together with Principal Teachers and Faculty Heads they form the Extended Management Team. Fully staffed, the school operates with a team of 46 full time and 7 part-time teachers, ably assisted by the support staff comprising office staff, the janitorial team, technicians and classroom assistants.



The Roll


St Benedict’s High's capacity of approximately 850 pupils, comfortably accommodates the current role of approximately 700 pupils who consequently benefit from a relaxed spacious environment.



Partnership Working


St Benedict’s High School enjoys very close working relationships with its associated primary schools which ensure that the pupils benefit from a smooth transition from primary to secondary.


As a result of firmly established consortium relationships within Renfrewshire, our students benefit from a wider choice of subjects at all levels, and access to vocational courses at Reid Kerr College.


Partnership working with the Homelink Service, Educational Psychology Service, Health and Social Work is fundamental to meeting the additional support needs of some of our young people.



Extra-Curricular Activities


A wide range of extra-curricular activities is offered to our pupils, both by school staff, and as a result of partnership working.