St Anne's Catholic School, Southampton
|Headteacher||Ms Lyn Bourne|
|DfE URN||138476 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Gender||Girls; Coeducational Sixth Form|
|Colours||Blue and yellow|
St Anne's Catholic School is an outstanding 11-18 secondary school in Southampton, England, for girls. The school's sixth form is coeducational. 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 2016, there were 1080 students enrolled in the school, with 48 students at the end of Year 13. 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 annually achieves significantly better than the national average. The progress students make from starting at age 11 places it in the top 10% 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 47% in 2015. It regularly ranks at the top of the A Levels results table for non-independent schools in Hampshire.
Ofsted Inspection Reports
Key findings of the Inspection
- The headteacher’s excellent leadership has improved all aspects of the school since the last inspection. Governors and senior leaders are highly effective. Together they have created a culture where staff and pupils flourish.
- The headteacher has systematically developed the staff so that they have high levels of expertise in teaching and learning.
- Governance is first-rate. Governors effectively contribute to the school’s success because they rigorously monitor their impact on driving the school forward and challenge themselves and school leaders to do better where necessary.
- Outcomes are outstanding. Excellent relationships between teachers and pupils, challenging teaching and highly effective systems for tracking pupil progress ensure all groups of pupils, including the most able, achieve very well.
- Achievement at GCSE has improved every year for the last three years and is well above the national average. Progress is above average in all subject areas.
- Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and their attendance is above average and improving.
- The school is a warm and caring community where pupils flourish. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is woven through lessons and is a particular strength of the school.
- Leaders and teachers have imparted the pupils with a very strong work ethic, a love of learning and a desire to excel.
- Disadvantaged pupils are very well supported and so make the same progress as, or better than, other pupils nationally.
- Pupils who have special educational needs or disability are also very well supported and so make very strong progress.
- The curriculum is effective in both key stages and in the 16–19 provision, and provides excellent opportunities for pupils’ personal and academic development.
- Pupils are happy at St Anne’s Catholic School and staff keep them safe. Leaders robustly monitor safeguarding procedures and ensure that no issues slip through the net.
- "St. Anne's Catholic School Website".
- "DfE School and College Performance Tables 2015". Department for Education. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
- "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" (PDF). Southampton Local History Forum Journal. Southampton City Council. pp. 43–44. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
- Coles, R. J. (1981). Southampton's Historic Buildings. City of Southampton Society. p. 19.
- "St Anne's Catholic School - KS3 Curriculum". www.st-annes.uk.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
- "School Performance Tables". Department for Education. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
- "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 2 October 2016.
- "St Anne's Catholic School Ofsted Report". Ofsted. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
- "St Anne's Catholic School only state secondary to be ranked as "outstanding" in Southampton". Daily Echo. Retrieved 2 October 2016.