St. Cuthbert

Our school is named after St Cuthbert.

St Cuthbert was born in 634AD. As a boy he worked as a shepherd.

One night in 651, he saw a great light in the sky. On that same night, Bishop Aidan of Lindisfarne, died.  St Cuthbert believed the light was God calling him to be his servant and so he became a monk.

St Cuthbert travelled all over Northumbria teaching people how to live good lives and healing people. He was loved for his kindness and generosity.

In 664, St Cuthbert was invited to be the Prior of Lindisfarne. This meant that he was in charge of running the Abbey.

Eventually in 676, he moved to Inner Farne, where he lived in solitude and peace for a while.

He would pray for long times at night on the shores of the sea in all weathers and seasons.

Legend has it that the sea otters would come and sit at his feet warming them in the freezing North Eastern weather. Legend also has it that the local ducks who would flock around him too.

He is recognised as one of the world’s earliest wildlife conservationists and the Eider Duck is known locally as the Cuddy Duck or Cuthbert Duck in his memory.

Eventually he left Holy Island and the Inner Farne when he was called back to work as Bishop of Hexham in 684.

For two years he travelled around the North of England. He had the reputation of being a saint and a miracle worker.

He returned to Inner Farne and died there on 20 March, 687.

The memory of St Cuthbert is kept alive through celebrating his feast day on the 20th of March.