The Primary School Curriculum celebrates the uniqueness of the child as it is expressed in each chlid's personality, intelligence and potential for development. It is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life - spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.

The broad aims of education for students with special educational needs reflect those that are relevent to all students and include:

  • Enabling the student to live a full life and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual through access to an appropriate broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Enabling the student to function as independently as possible in society through the provision of such educational supports as are necessary to realise that potential.
  • Enabling the student to continue learning in adult life.


The curriculum offered in St. Anne's is taken from the Guidelines for Teachers of Children with Moderate General Learning Disabilities and from the Guidelines for Teachers of Children with Severe/Profound General Learning Disabilities and includes:

  • Communication and Language
  • Maths
  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) - History
  • SESE - Geography
  • SESE - Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Social,Personal and Health Education

Senior School

As a special school St. Anne's is considered by the Department of Education and Skills to be a National School. However we have identified the absolute need for a different type of educational provision for our 12 - 18 year old students which builds onto but goes beyond the Primary Curriculum.

 We registered as a FETAC (Further Education and Training Awards Council) Centre  in 2006. FETAC is now called Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) but we are still entitled to offer those programmes previously validated by FETAC.

Level 1 Certificate in General Learning

Creative Learning - to achieve this the pupils must achieve the following awards:

  • Craft
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Drama

 Staff continue to develop further certificates at both level 1 and level 2.

In St. Anne's each pupil is provided with an education appropriate to their needs and each member of staff strives to stay aware of current educational issues and research. The curriculum is delivered in a positive and encouraging way and programmes are tailored to meet the individual and diverse needs of each pupil.

Looking Towards the new Junior Cycle Level 2 Programmes

September 2017 sees the launch of the JCL2 curriculum for our post primary aged pupils and the phasing out of QQI level 2. As the JC level 1 programme has not been rolled out we will continue to offer QQI at level 1 for the foreseeable future. Junior cycle Level 1 is being piloted in several special schools from September 2017.