St. Anne's Catholic School (Southampton)
|Headteacher||Mrs Beverley Murtagh|
|DfE URN||138476 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Gender||Girls; Coeducational Sixth Form|
|Colours||Blue and yellow|
St Anne's Catholic School is a secondary school in Southampton, England, for girls. The school also has a coeducational sixth form. The school is situated close to the city centre, and attracts pupils from all round the city and beyond. The school converted to academy status in August 2012. In January 2011, there were 1113 girls enrolled in the school, and 104 in the Sixth Form. Until 2006, it was known as St Anne's Convent School.
St Anne's Convent School was established in 1904 by the La Sainte Union Sisters and is still under their trusteeship. It was the first direct grant grammar school to convert to a comprehensive intake. After over a century of single-sex education, boys were admitted into the sixth form for the first time beginning in the 2006-07 school year. The "convent" was dropped from the school's official title to reflect this change.
The school occupies a site on the corner of Carlton Road and Carlton Crescent back to Rockstone Place. Nos. 11 and 12 Carlton Crescent are Grade II listed buildings. The westwards extension of No. 12 was built in 1961, for which the architects, Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners received a Civic Trust design award; this was described as "a model of neighbourly treatment in terms of scale character and materials, and an outstanding example of a modern building meeting present-day requirements yet harmonising beautifully with an earlier style".
The school is organised into a house system, with each of the seven houses named after a Saint (Alban, Becket, Bede, Campion, Edmund, Fisher and Gregory). There are two House Captains for each house: students from the Sixth form who apply for the posts. The students have several "House Assemblies" per year, in addition to their weekly "Year Assemblies". Along with Tutor Groups (in houses) there are Teaching Groups. In KS3 these are named after trees and rivers and arranged according to English and maths ability.
The school achieves significantly better than the national average. The progress students make from starting at age 11 places it in the top 20% of schools nationally. The school's 5A*-C indicator has been in the 70-80% range for the past 4 years. It achieved an English Baccalaureate result of 36% in 2011. It regularly ranks at the top of the A Levels results table for non-independent schools in Hampshire.
Ofsted Inspection Reports
The school was last inspected by OFSTED in February 2012. The inspection team rated the overall effectiveness of the school as Good. The "Quality of teaching" and "Achievement" were rated as Good. "Behaviour and Safety" and "Leadership and Management" were rated as outstanding.
Key findings of the Inspection
- The headteacher leads the school with great clarity of purpose and communicates very high expectations. At the same time as pursuing high quality academic outcomes for all students, she maintains a constant emphasis on attending to their individual and personal needs. This has resulted in the school being a very positive, vibrant and resilient learning community.
- The strength of its ethos has enabled the school to cope very successfully with significant changes in the nature and the particular needs of students over the last few years.
- Good teaching supports good levels of achievement by students. Students leave Year 11 with GCSE results that are significantly better than the national averages, and they make good progress over Key Stages 3 and 4.
- The sixth form is good. The progress made by sixth form students has been less strong over recent years, but never less than satisfactory. It is now good, and improving, because of strong and effective leadership in that area, and good quality provision.
- Most of the teaching is good and some is outstanding. The school gives very high priority to constantly improving the quality of teaching and does so successfully. It is aware of the ways in which the teaching needs to improve to secure outstanding progress for all students.
- Students’ behaviour is exemplary. They show very high regard for the values of the school and individuals show great pride in being part of such a close-knit and successful community. Outstanding behaviour supports their learning strongly.
- The provision for social, moral, cultural and spiritual development in the curriculum is very well developed and it has an extremely positive impact on students’ experiences.
- Parents and carers show high levels of confidence in the work of the school. The school values their contributions to its work but there remains untapped potential for closer collaborative work that could lead to even higher quality outcomes for students.
- "St. Anne's Catholic School Website".
- "DfE School and College Performance Tables 2011". Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- "Oh boy, the times are changing at St Anne's". Hampshire Chronicle. 4 March 2005.
- Donnison, David, ed. (1970), Report on Independent Day Schools and Direct Grant Grammar Schools, Public Schools Commission, Second Report 1, London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, p. 55, ISBN 978-0-11-270170-5.
- "St Anne's to take boys for the first time in 100 years". Hampshire Chronicle. 4 September 2006.
- Leonard, A. G. K. "Carlton Crescent: Southampton’s most spectacular Regency development". Southampton Local History Forum Journal. Southampton City Council. pp. 43–44. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
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- "School Inspection Report". Ofsted. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- "Value Added (Best 8) Score for St. Anne's Catholic School". School and College Performance Tables. DfE. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- "School and College Performance Tables". Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- Ofsted School Inspection Report
- "Praise for St. Anne's Catholic School in Ofsted Report". Daily Echo. Retrieved 21 March 2012.