OfSTED judged the school to be outstanding in all of the four categories inspected and overall in May 2013. Since then the school has improved further, especially in the sixth form where the progress that the students make, given their starting points after GCSE is very good.
The school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets the needs of all of its students. The school also has an outstanding array of extra-curricular clubs and activities, numerous trips and visits and an excellent reputation for sporting and performing arts prowess. Students complain that there is too much going on and that it is difficult to choose which activities to go to.
What cannot be measured in league tables are the values which we reinforce in our students and which contributes significantly to the school’s outstanding ethos. Visitors are always struck by how well behaved and smartly dressed our students are. They comment also on the warmth of the relationships that students form with each other and staff. This relationship with staff helps to underpin teaching which is of the highest quality and coupled with outstanding pastoral care ensures that our students achieve highly. As a result, students leave St. Martin’s School equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to become valued members of their community.