Information for September

Click here for Dfe guidance: What parents and carers need to know about schools in the autumn term.

Click here for a copy of the Covid Reopening Risk Assessment

Addendum to Behaviour Policy  -  Year 10 reopening A to Z of Key Information

Year 10 phased return to school

Click here for a copy of the Year 10 reopening letter.
Return to School

For student support information, advice and guidance click here.

If you need to get in touch with the Pastoral Team for support during the school closure please contact: Mrs Becconsall [Donna]: 07752 295963 (8am-4pm) or Mrs Howard [Meleka]: 07752 295964 (8am-4pm)

Or email: (Please Note: this email account will be monitored during normal school hours Monday to Friday 8am-4pm only.) If you need help outside of school hours please speak to a trusted adult or childline: 0800 11 11. In an emergency ring 999.

Click here for a copy of Headteacher's Letter 16 June 2020

Click here for a copy of  Letter to Parents and Carers 19 May 2020

Click here for a copy of Online Safety Letter to Parents/Carers 3 April 2020

Click here for further online safety support information for parents/carers

Click here for a copy of Pastoral Letter to Students 31 March 2020

Click here for ideas for supporting young people's wellbeing during uncertain times and click here for useful links to support positive mental health.

Click here for a copy of the Rochdale Authority Commitment to secure a post-16 offer to all school leavers

All students click here to access your work.

Click here to access Microsoft Teams

Click here for further details on exams and grades.

Click here for information on how Positive Steps are continuing their support

Educational Provision for “most vulnerable” students

The Academy is continuing to offer emergency provision for the children of key workers and those who are deemed “most vulnerable”, including those with social workers and education, health and care plans (EHCP) only.

The Academy will be open to students at 8:30am (not 7:30am) and will close at 2:40pm as normal. We are now operating with a skeleton staff. Please refer to the letter below for further details.

Letter for students about continued partial opening 23 March 2020

The full list of key workers has been published by the Government and this can be found here.

Please contact us on or by calling Reception on 0161 643 2643 if you are a key worker and need your child[ren] to attend St Anne’s Academy during this period of partial closure. This information will help us plan the ongoing educational provision for these students.

Please be aware that this is an emergency provision aimed at those families without alternative arrangements as staff resources at school will be limited. It may be that circumstances beyond our control mean that this educational provision may change as we navigate through the coming weeks but we will keep you informed at every stage.

We would like to reassure parents and carers that the safety and wellbeing of everyone within the Academy community remains of paramount importance as we continue to deliver quality education to our students either on site, or remotely. Please refer to the letter below for further details.

Letter to Parents re closure 19 March 2020

National Free School Meal Voucher Scheme
£15 per week, per child eligible for FSM

Parents of children who are eligible for FSM should now be in receipt of their first e-code or paper copy FSM voucher. If you have not received this please contact us.

If you experience any difficulties using the Edenred website, please check the frequently asked questions on in the first instance or contact school for support.

Please note that due to the high demand, the Edenred system is currently responding very slowly for parents, carers and schools across the country.

If you have not yet advised us of your email address, please email school to confirm your email and mobile contact details on or call on 0161 643 2643 so that we can register you with this scheme.

How to apply for Free School Meals

If you wish to apply for Free School Meals, go to


Click here for Government advice regarding Coronavirus.

Click here for a message from the Chaplain (Updated 25 May 2020)

Click here for a message to all parents and carers from our Community Police Officer.

Head boy, head girl, deputies and prefects

Recent Letters to Parents and Carers

For copies of previous letters, please see the Letters to Parents page.

Message from the Head

Welcome to St Anne’s Church of England Academy. Our sponsors, David and Anne Crossland and the Church of England, the Governing Board and staff are committed to providing the very best education for our students, underpinned by Christian values. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and we are pleased to say that the Academy is equipped with outstanding facilities and resources.

We work hard to create a caring, safe, happy and purposeful environment in which our children and young people can learn and grow together, achieve their potential and develop into independent, responsible and caring members of society. The Academy provides an outstanding level of pastoral care to our students and families in times of need to ensure that students are able to participate and succeed at school.

Children of all Faiths and none are welcomed into the Academy and treated equally. Every child has the right to high quality education and Academy staff work hard, ‘going the extra mile’, to provide an excellent education here at St Anne’s. All students are nurtured and supported to ensure that they progress well throughout their learning journey at the Academy. We also work in partnership with parents and carers and provide named staff points of contact in order to make communication between home and school easier.

If your child has additional needs, arrangements can be put in place even before your child joins the Academy to ensure that those early days, which are so important, will be as enjoyable as possible. We understand that it can be particularly unsettling for some students and the Academy SENCO, Deputy SENCO and the Pastoral Team are on hand to support students.

We want our students to enjoy school and do well and there are many opportunities for children and young people to shine at the Academy. Students are encouraged to participate in a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and talents. Students of all levels of ability are supported during their lessons to help them achieve their full potential.

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour at the Academy and we have high expectations for students just as parents and carers, rightly, have high expectations of the Academy. We are committed to achieving excellent standards of attendance, punctuality and behaviour at the Academy and use an information database called Class Charts to support this goal. Parents and carers can view Class Charts on an almost live basis via an App from any device to see if their child has earned praise points or negative behaviour points that day at school. Students earn rewards for praise points and there is a sanction system in place for incidents relating to negative behaviour in accordance with the Academy Behaviour Policy. We welcome parents’ support in ensuring that our values, ethos and expectations are upheld.

As an Academy, we are committed to equality and do our utmost to meet the needs of everyone within the Academy community and treat each other with respect.

To get a flavour of Academy life last year, please click here to view a presentation of our achievements. You can also read our recent Ofsted and SIAMS Reports and view our Examination Results in detail by clicking the links below.



Read all about our recent Inspections: Ofsted November 2017 and SIAMS by clicking on the links below.

Ofsted November 2017 said:

  • “The Principal and Senior Vice Principal lead with drive and determination and have already brought about considerable improvement since the previous inspection.
  • The curriculum provides well for pupils, offering a wide range of opportunities and it is regularly adjusted to suit the needs of pupils and students.
  • Pupils’ conduct around the school is calm and orderly. Most parents and staff agree that behaviour is improving and is good. Pupils feel safe.
  • A culture of vigilant care is fostered by all staff across the school. As a result, pupils feel safe and well looked after.
  • Many pupils are confident and self-assured. They are proud of their school, wear their uniform with pride and respect the fabric of the school and attractive learning environment.
  • The school’s strong, open, tolerant and welcoming Christian values underpin the ethos of the school to which pupils willingly respond.

SIAMS said:

The school’s distinctive Christian vision was judged - Good

  • ‘The strong commitment to its Christian vision, particularly the ideal of love for neighbour, means that the school is particularly valued for its outstanding contribution to wellbeing across the wider neighbourhood, as well as in the lives of its own pupils.’
  • ‘Pupils learn particularly well in the creative subjects, gaining breadth of experience, opportunities for excellence and enhanced self-esteem.  This contributes strongly to the impact of the Christian vision.’

The impact of collective worship was judged – Excellent

  • ‘Relationships are the beating heart of the life of St Anne’s.  Each strand of the vision is grounded in biblical teaching but the reference to loving your neighbour as you love yourself [Matthew 22:39] is the one most frequently quoted across the school.’ 
  • ‘The school goes the extra mile to ensure that pupils and families know that they are cared for and, because of this, there is a strong sense of trust for the school and its work.’
  • ‘The most striking impact of worship is the way it inspires people to action.  Pupils’ work for charity is outstanding.’