St. Anthony’s offers a challenging, broad-based and diverse curriculum to meet the needs of all students. We aim to provide every student with a rewarding and enriching experience at our academy to ensure they are successful and happy. The curriculum provides all students, regardless of their background, ability or academic preferences, with the opportunity to experience a range of subject areas across all stages of their education.

All curriculum areas have subject specialist teachers who deliver vibrant and challenging lessons, and we are very proud that the quality of teaching and learning at St. Anthony’s has been judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. In all key stages and in all curriculum areas, students and teachers work together to ensure success and achievement for all.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)

The Academy Curriculum is delivered through 14 subjects in KS3, and the entitlement to a balanced, broad and differentiated and an appropriate curriculum is secured for each pupil in bands of ability, or mixed ability groups.

On arrival in school, students are placed in one of 8 mixed ability form groups. They are also placed in one of three bands, Walsingham, Fatima and Lourdes.

The bands are ordered Walsingham, Fatima, Lourdes and the sets are ordered W1, W2, W3, F1, F2, F3, L1, L2

This is based upon KS2 Scores, primary school teacher assessments, reading age tests and other information available from primary schools and other reliable sources. They are taught in these bands for Mathematics, English, Science, Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish), Geography, History and RE.

In Y7, 8 and 9 Music Technology, Food, Art, PE, CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) and Computing lessons are taught in mixed ability groups.

In KS3 a key part of the information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme is devoted to individual pupil guidance with regard to option choices and progression routes.

Students receive one hour a week in years 7,8 & 9. Within part of Year 7 & 8 lessons, “reading for pleasure” is incorporated into the first 15 minutes of the lesson.

Year 7 students also get 60 minutes a fortnight in English called, “reading for pleasure”. Within the key stage, PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education) is delivered each day via in CEIAG and the daily tutorial lesson with Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) being delivered for all years in a seven week block with students being released from subjects to attend this session delivered by a specialist.

Growth Mindset is delivered through PE. Some aspects of PHSE are delivered across the curriculum in RE and science lessons. The achievement of specialist status in Technology (1999) resulted in timetabled provision for technology effectively doubled (from one double period to two double periods per week).

As from September 2009, the school became a Language College; this was a very prestigious invitation by the DCSF based on the excellent examination results in 2008.

Though the specialism initiative no longer exists nationally we still follow the principle as we believe that it is the best route for our students. In addition to class music lessons, individuals in small groups are taught piano, violin, voice, clarinet, flute and cello or requested instruments if parents wish to pay for this tuition. This provision is subsidized by the academy and free to vulnerable students. Please contact Mrs. Lanaghan (Deputy Head) or Mrs. Dudley (Subject Leader Music) for further information.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we aim to provide breadth, balance and flexibility so that progression routes to A Level, BTEC, Modern Apprenticeship, training and employment are kept open.

We ensure that there is continued preparation for working life

1. The KS4 curriculum is made up of “core” subjects including:

• RE

• English, English Literature

• Mathematics

• PE

• Science: Trilogy Science or Separate sciences (Biology/Chemistry/Physics)

• MFL (a small cohort will do Photography in place of MFL)

• Technology (choice of material area; Food Technology/Product Design (Textiles or Product bias available))

• Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance), Citizenship, (SRE (Sex and Relationships Education)/DRE /Financial Capability)).

• Within the key stage 4, PHSE is delivered each day via a tutor in the 8.30-9.00am tutor slot with Sex and Relationships Education being delivered by a specialist in Year 10 & 11 as a module within PE alongside Growth Mindset. Some aspects of PHSE are delivered in personal development days across the curriculum in RE and science lessons. The team is lead by a PHSE co-ordinator(HH).

• Geography and/or History are “core” subjects for E-Bacc (English Baccalaureate) students. These students have one option choice.

2. In addition, all students build their learning portfolio by choosing at least one of the following optional subjects:

• Art and Design (GCSE)

• Cambridge National Certificate in Enterprise & Marketing

• Computer Science (GCSE)

• Second Modern Foreign Language – French/Spanish (GCSE)

• Geography (GCSE)

• History (GCSE)

• Music (GCSE)


• Child Development. (BTEC)

All courses run subject to numbers A small cohort follow a reduced timetable studying and extra hour of Mathematics and English a week.


Key Stage 5

St Anthony’s and St Aidan’s Catholic Sixth Form website ( shows the courses offered with a summary of the specifications, course entry requirements and career prospects. We offer over 35 subjects in sixth form and the website should be consulted for more information. The sixth form timetable is the outcome of a highly proactive strategy which has embraced all of the reforms embodied in Curriculum 2000 and student subject choices. However, the reforms were modified and adapted to meet the needs of the individual student. Curricular breadth was achieved without sacrificing subject teaching time. The curriculum includes an externally examined RE course and a diverse, and expanding enrichment programme.

Those students studying A levels with a high mathematical content ie. Geography/Geology/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Psychology/Economics/Computing must study a qualification alongside them. This can either be AS/A2 Mathematics or a Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)