Our approach to curriculum

The aim of St Anne’s Catholic School’s broad and balanced curriculum is to:

Develop a life-long love of learning.

Ensure that every pupil is able to pursue excellence through a learning journey that best suits her or his needs, aspirations and abilities.

Promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of every pupil.

Achieve outstanding results at GCSE and A Level.

Prepare every pupil well for their next steps beyond learning at St Anne’s.

Prepare every pupil to make a positive contribution to life in modern Britain.

Further, year group specific, information about our current curriculum was shared in our parent information events in September. Recordings and slides from these events can be found here.

Key Stage 3

On entry to Year 7, your daughter is placed in classes according to her KS2 attainment in maths and English. The exception is creative design classes which are set separately to allow for smaller class sizes in practical subjects. The appropriateness of the classes your daughter is in is regularly reviewed. However, we aim to keep class changes as minimal as possible as we feel a stable learning environment is best for pupils’ happiness and sense of security. For this reason, changes to classes normally only happen at the end of an academic year and most stay with the same class throughout Key Stage 3. We would always inform you of any planned changes to classes.

Curriculum Overviews

These documents provide an overview of what your daughter will be studying, and how you can support at home, for each subject on a termly basis.

Year 7 Curriculum overview

Year 8 Curriculum overview

Year 9 Curriculum overview

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, your daughter will continue with the core subjects of English Language, English Literature, maths, RS and sciences. Science studies will lead to either a qualifications in double award GCSE Combined Science, or as separate GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics qualifications. This is decided by your daughter’s science teachers based on her progress and aptitude for the subject at the end of Year 9. All pupils study a PSHE curriculum through dedicated time in RE lessons and have PE lessons for general fitness throughout Years 10 and 11.

Your daughter will also have the option to study a number of other qualifications alongside her core subjects. She is also able to opt for ‘study support’ sessions which take the place of one qualification and allow more time for independent study, supported by a member of staff.

For further information on the curriculum of a particular subject, please contact the relevant Head of Department or your daughter’s Head of Year.

You may also find our most recent curriculum information presentation videos useful, along with these quick reference guides which list the exam board and specification for each course currently being taught at KS4 and KS5 (this is for the 2023-24 academic year and may be subject to change in future years). Further information about KS5 can be found on our dedicated Sixth Form website here.

KS4 Specification Quick Reference Guide 2023-24

KS5 Specification Quick Reference Guide 2023-24


PSHE education helps children and young people stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain. At St Anne’s, PSHE delivered within RE lessons and on drop down days. The content of our PSHE curriculum is influenced by the needs of our pupils, local statistics national recommendations and is bespoke to each year group. PSHE is full of opportunities to voice opinions, discuss and debate the topics we study, with the aim to develop resilience, self-esteem, teamworking skills and critical thinking skills so that our young people can go out into our rapidly changing world to reveal God’s love.

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Key Stage 5

Please see our 6th Form website for information on Key Stage 5.

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Home Learning

At St Anne’s we believe that home learning tasks should be designed to deepen understanding, develop independence, consolidate learning, or prepare pupils for upcoming learning in their subjects.

Pupils are issued with a home learning timetable at the start of the year so that they can plan how to manage their time and so that they do not become overloaded. The time frame for home learning activities for each year group are:

Years 7, 8 and 9: each assignment should take approximately 20-30 minutes of home learning per subject but no more than an hour of home learning per evening.

Years 10 and 11: each assignment should take around 40 minutes.

Years 12 and 13: should receive a minimum of four hours per subject per week, the nature of which is to be decided within departments.

You can support your daughter with home learning by providing her with a reasonable place to work, or by encouraging her to make use of the school’s resources. You can also help by checking that home learning tasks are recorded into your daughter’s logbook and encouraging her to meet homework deadlines.

A supervised homework club runs after school in the library every Monday – Thursday from 3:30-4:30.

We are aiming to develop children’s learning in a reasonable and measured way by having clear home learning procedures. There will be times, obviously, such as leading up to examinations, when extra time and effort is appropriate. However, it is the view of the school that on a routine basis, the load of home learning should not be such as to prevent children developing other interests and having time to play and relax.

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