Starting at St. Anne’s
Welcome to our section of the website especially for new students to St. Anne's Catholic High School for Girls. Whether you are starting with us as a Year 7 Student, or joining us during the year to enter Year 8 or Year 9, we look forward to welcoming you to our school, to our learning family and we hope that this section helps you to be prepared.
Starting secondary school is a time of new experiences as you adjust to a new school, make new friends and get used to having different teachers and classrooms for each subject.
In this area, you will find a number of things that will help you.
YEAR 7 TRANSITION INFORMATION
Once your daughter has been offered a place in Year 7, you are all then welcomed into the learning family of St. Anne as a new and very important member of our school community. We work to maintain an excellent working relationship with all of our feeder primary schools, and we also strive to ensure we offer a creative and dynamic transition programme for new students.
We start the process of getting to know your daughters before they join us in September and our transition programme continues further into the first term of Year 7.
ST. ANNE'S YEAR 7 SUMMER SCHOOL
St. Anne’s Summer school is a fun and informal introduction to St. Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls for invited students, with a variety of fun and interactive sessions. Summer school takes place during the first week of the summer holiday when the school is closed to all other year groups.
Our Summer School for 2023 is by Invite Only. Information regarding our Summer School will be sent directly to Parents and Carers of invited students.
ST. ANNE'S YEAR 7 SUMMER PROJECT 2022
All Year 7 Students have been asked to complete a Summer Project for the start of term. Please see below for the project information: Summer 2022 Project
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Starting at our Lower Site Campus in Year 7, or within Year 8 or 9 can be daunting. Everything you need to know about the school day along with other information such as Lockers or about how to contact home can all be found here.
For a further insight into our school and about being a student in Key Stage 3, click here.
For a map of the Lower Site Campus, click here.
YEAR 7 VOICE
HELLO FUTURE STUDENTS/FRIENDS AND WELCOME TO ST. ANNE’S.
Hello, our names are Ola & Scarlett. We have just completed Year 7, so we know how you are feeling at this time, as last year, we were in exactly the same position as you are now; about to leave the safe and familiar surroundings of your primary schools and embark on a new journey to a big and unfamiliar secondary school. Please read our speeches below to hear about our Year 7 journeys.
I AM BEING TEASED OR BULLIED?
At St. Anne’s we do not accept that any student should be made unhappy by another, and we will not tolerate any kind of bullying, physical or emotional. If you feel you are being bullied you should tell your Parents/Carers, your Achievement Leader, Form Tutor, a subject teacher or any adult at school.
Bullies will be dealt with very severely. Remember, do not be cheeky to older students, stay with your Year Group and make as many new friends as you can.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO DO MY HOMEWORK?
As a school, we place very high importance on homework as a means to follow up on all work covered in class. If you can’t do your homework you must be responsible and speak to your subject teacher as soon as possible or your parents/carers must make contact with your subject teacher to explain why, you were unable to complete the homework set.
HOW DO I FIND A CLASSROOM?
You may find it hard to remember where all your classrooms are at first but you will soon know your way around. There is a detailed map in your student planner. There are also maps positioned around the school building.There will also be a team of year 8 students who will assist you at the end of break and lunch to find your classroom. Remember that it’s okay to ask for directions if you are lost!
On your first morning you will line up outside the hall and from there you will be taken to your Form Room by your Form Tutor.
By the end of your first week the school will seem like a much smaller place and you’ll know your way around.
DO I NEED MY SCHOOL PLANNER?
You will need your planner every day – it is a very important book and you should take good care of it.
If you can’t find it, you must tell your Form Tutor/ Achievement Leader straight away.
Remember to have a good look at home as well as retracing your steps at school.
If you forget your planner, you must inform your Form Tutor / Achievement Leader and the front office in reception at the start of the day so that a planner page can be issued. You must have a planner page so you can record all homework set.
You will use your planner to write down your homework, you must record each subject each day. You must then record all homework set and the date it is due to be handed in. If no homework is set, you must record "no homework" beside the subject area. Also record any reminders you have so you must take it to every lesson.
Your parent or carers must sign your planner every week and your Form Tutor will check it regularly.
Other teachers may ask to see it too.
It can be used for messages between home and school.
You should show messages from your parents/carers to the relevant members of staff
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO FIND ONE OF MY SCHOOL BOOKS?
If you can’t find an exercise book or a text book you should tell the teacher who teaches you that subject.
If you are worried always speak to your Form Tutor / Achievement Leader. It is important to be organised, always pack and check your bag the night before for the following day’s lessons.
You must always have the following items: text books, exercise books, rough book, school planner, reading book, pencil case. PE Kit is worn to school on the days you have PE or if attending an extracurricular activity.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM LATE FOR SCHOOL?
School starts with registration at 8.40am. You should try to be in school by 8.30am.
You are welcome to arrive earlier.
If you arrive late you should report to reception and sign in on our Inventry Digital system which is outside the main office, so that staff know you are in school. Make sure that you always sign in when late. Students are advised to plan their journey carefully and to leave plenty of time so to arrive on time for school. Punctuality is a life skill that we stress very strongly at St. Anne’s.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO DO PE?
We strongly encourage all our students to lead an active lifestyle and we are very proud of our many successes in the field of sport both individual and team based.
If you can’t do PE you must bring a note from your parent or carer and show it to your PE Teacher.
This can be a separate note or it can be written in your student planner. Your PE kit is seen as school uniform and all students are required to be in full school PE kit in line with the stated school dress code. PE is a compulsory school subject.