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Curriculum At St Anne's Academy

The broad and balanced curriculum at St Anne’s Academy is the key to achieving our schools vision, values and beliefs. In Key Stage 3, we aim to ensure that pupils are provided with a first-class education that prepares them fully for the challenges of Key Stage 4 and beyond. In Year 9 some subjects begin courses which lead to GCSE or equivalent qualifications. These courses may be completed by the end of Year 10 or Year 11. At Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form we offer a range of GCSE and Vocational Qualifications and aim to meet the needs of every student from the age of 11 through to 19. Students are encouraged to participate on our extra-curricular programme which includes a diverse range of sporting, cultural and academic enrichment opportunities.

Students with special educational needs benefit from a comprehensive range of intervention programmes and receive additional support from teaching and support staff. Gifted and talented students are nurtured and challenged through extension and enrichment opportunities. A strong emphasis on teaching and learning ensures that each student is fully included and challenged.

“The curriculum is carefully planned and offers students a good range of courses and opportunities that meet their needs and interests well. As such, it prepares students well for the next stage of their education, training or employment. Year 11 students support this view and say they feel well informed about the options they have for what they want to do next.”(OFSTED Report May 2013)

A key part of the Government's plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. Every school is required to promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. At St Anne’s Academy life in modern Britain is incorporated within Faith and Pastoral Assemblies, Faith Form Time, GILES* Opportunities, PSHCE lessons, Pastoral Calendar (Community Events), Communication lessons in Year 7 and 8 and promoted in lessons where appropriate.

GILES* stands for G&T, IAG, Life Skills, Emotional Wellbeing and SMSC.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

English Core Subjects: Art, Craft & Design
Mathematics English Biology
Science English Literature Business Studies
Art Mathematics Catering & Hospitality
Catering Science Chemistry
Communication ICT* & Computing Child Care
Geography PE* English Literature
History PSHCE* Forensic Science
ICT* & Computing RE* Graphics
MFL* Hair & Beauty
Performing Arts Option Subjects: Health & Social Care
PSHCE* Catering History
PE* Drama and Performing Arts ICT*
  Art, Craft & Design Law
  Geography Mathematics
  Health & Social Care Performing Arts
  History PE*
  Media Psychology
  MFL* Sociology
  Photography Spanish
Assessment and Reporting

Students in all year groups will be assessed continually throughout the year but formally at three key points. The timings of these will vary for different year groups. The nature of the assessments used to collect the assessment evidence will vary from subject to subject and between year groups. However, these assessments will always be formal, moderated across the subject and in keeping with the assessment requirements of that year subject/year group.

The core aim of assessing students is to enhance pupil progress. Students should understand what progress they have made and what they need to do to progress further. Parents are able to see how their child is progressing and understand how they can help and support them in improving further.

The benefit of tracking assessment in this way is that we can monitor the progress being made by individual students and teaching groups. The outcome of each Assessment is shared with parents and appropriate interventions and catch-up work is planned for students where needed.

Parents will also receive a full report annually and be invited to attend a consultation evening.

ICT Information Communication Technology

MFL Modern Foreign Languages 

PE Physical Education

PSHCE Personal Social Health Citizenship Education

RE Religious Education






















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