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Staff & Contact Information 

Sixth Form Staff  
Head of Sixth Form Mrs S Howells
Director of KS5 Mr J Beddow
Sixth Form EPQ Manager Mrs E Stewart
Deputy Heads of Sixth Form Mrs J Page (Y12)
  Mrs J Shoffren-Rogers (Y13)
Sixth Form office email (queries and attendance): sixthform@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Sixth Form Administrator Mrs E Wallis

For specific details on each year group, please use the menu on the left to navigate to the pages relevant to you. 

Directions 

If you wish to visit St Martin's School, it is easily reached from East Anglia and other major routes from the M25. St Martin's School is situated between the centre of Brentwood and Billericay. The A128 is the main access road to the school, from the A127 and the A12. If you are travelling on the M25, exit at junction 28.

  • The nearest rail station is Shenfield (on the Southend Victoria-London Liverpool Street line).  The school is an 18 minute walk from the station, through Mount Avenue.
  • The number 9 bus stops directly outside the school and runs from Brentwood Station to Basildon.
  • There are several buses from the surrounding area which stop at Shenfield Station (from Brentwood, Billericay, Basildon etc) where students can walk up through Mount Avenue to the school.

School Transport 

Primarily Essex County Council manages school transport and school buses may be available to Sixth Form students on payment of an annual fee. Other bus services on public transport are also available but fares are payable. 

Students are not permitted to drive to school until they have passed their driving test, are in Year 13 and have permission from the Head of Sixth Form. Once students satisfy this condition they may be permitted to drive themselves to school. The school will ask for details of any motor vehicle regularly parked within the school site as parking spaces may be limited.  A parking permit will be issued once all criteria are met and Mrs Howells (Head of Sixth Form) has signed the required paperwork.

Attendance & Punctuality 

Research shows that students who have good attendance records throughout their course are the most successful. For students in the Sixth Form at St Martin’s School study should be their first priority.

The school day begins at 8.25 a.m. and all Year 12 students are required to remain in school, working, until their last lesson of the school day. Daily attendance is required but as students become more responsible for managing their own work it may become possible to negotiate periods of “Home Study” when students will be able the leave school early, or arrive later, in order to manage their own learning at home.

Students are expected to attend all timetabled lessons punctually and be well prepared.

Requests for ‘holiday leave’ during the school term are not authorised.  All absences will affect the student's learning, and their reference from the school which is requested by employers and universities.

Smoking & Substance Abuse 

Smoking is not allowed on school premises nor is it expected that students will go off premises to smoke during school hours.

The school has a clear policy concerning substance abuse e.g. the possession/consumption of illegal drugs and alcohol.

Any student found under the influence of, or trying to pass on to others, illegal drugs will be reported to the police immediately and suspended from school pending further investigation. Any student under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave the site, parents will be informed and his/her future at the school will be reconsidered.

Additional Support 

Special Educational Needs

The Sixth Form at St Martin’s school is open to all students who attain the necessary results at GCSE to satisfy both the general entry requirements and the subject requirements for the A-Level subjects to be studied. Students with Special Educational Needs will continue to receive appropriate support throughout the Sixth Form but it is important that the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is fully aware of the individual circumstances.

For students who attended St Martin’s School in Year 11 the relevant records will already exist but for student expecting to join the Sixth form from other schools and colleges it would be helpful it they could contact the school’s SEND department at the earliest opportunity. Contact can be made through the Main School Reception: (01277) 238300.

In many cases the circumstances that lead to additional support in public examinations needs to be re-assessed every two years. Therefore please do not assume that any special arrangement that was available for GCSE examinations will automatically be available for A-Level exams.

Student Voice 

Student Voice

The opinion of students is important to the Sixth Form at St Martin’s School and every endeavour will be made to address any reasonable request, or complaint, students may raise if they are consistent with the aims and aspirations of the Sixth Form and of the School to provide individual care, academic excellence and the opportunity for personal development.

Sixth Form Council

The Sixth Form Council represents the views of Sixth Form students. Working with the Sixth Form Managers it seeks to question and advise upon life in the Sixth Form and to make constructive suggestions as to how it could be improved.

Members of the Sixth Form Council also represent the year groups on the School Council where their views and advice on the school are valued and appreciated.

Approximately twenty student councillors make up the sixth form council. The council are separated into committees to ensure all aspects of school and sixth form life are represented.

At the end of the Summer Term in Year 12 the school appoints a Head Boy and Head Girl, and their deputies, to represent the student body on formal occasions and to take on a leading role within the Sixth Form. The Head Boy, Head Girl and deputies are automatically members of both the Sixth Form Council and the School Council.

Clubs and Societies

There are many opportunities for students to become involved in the life of the Sixth Form and of the school in general. Indeed, their engagement is a major element of their Personal Development and of the vast Enrichment Programme. There are many opportunities for students to be actively involved in Sport and in the Arts through clubs, fixtures and productions. Students are also encouraged to take a leadership role working in a structured way with younger pupils with these areas but also more widely through the support of tutorial activities and in-class learning support. Resources exist within the Sixth Form to support students wishing to lead and organise clubs or societies, covering any reasonable area of interest, such as debating societies, public speaking, computer gaming and chess. 

Parents 

Once students join the Sixth Form they are given, and expect, an increased amount of freedom and responsibility. It is appropriate that young people in the 16-18 age group work more in partnership with their teachers, take increasing personal responsibility for their work and behaviour and accept that they are accountable for these. Similarly the school accepts that it has a responsibility to communicate and, if necessary, negotiate directly and personally with students. In many cases these interactions will take place without parental involvement.

However, the Sixth Form at St Martin’s School also believes that parents retain a key role and that the partnership between school, student and home is an important element in supporting young people to achieve at their highest level.

The Sixth Form will continue to keep parents informed about all aspects of Sixth Form life and especially student progress and attainment for the full duration of Sixth Form courses.

There will be many opportunities for parents to meet informally with staff and contact can be made at any time should a particular concern arise. There are also many formal, or semi-formal, ways in which the progress of students is monitored and where information is communicated directly with parents.

Early in Year 12 parents are invited to an Information Evening that focuses upon supporting students during their time in the Sixth Form. The consistency of the message students receive from school and home is important in motivating and supporting them. It provides a more secure framework within which they can develop and, though some students will seek to confuse the home/school relationship, most appreciate this level of support.

There are a number of opportunities during the Sixth Form when parents, usually accompanied by their sons/daughters, can meet with staff to assess progress and to discuss issues of concern. Some of these meetings will be with the students Personal Tutor whilst others provide the chance to discuss detailed academic issues with subject staff. At other times, parents who have a query or concern about their son/daughter should contact the Subject Co-ordinator or Personal Tutor, as appropriate, in the first instance. This can either be done directly, via e-mail, or through the Sixth Form Office.

Pastoral Care 

As a traditional school, continuing the Pastoral Care is an important feature of the Sixth Form.

For a student transferring into the Sixth Form from Year 11 at St Martin’s, there is the advantage that individual students will already be well known and their strengths, and weaknesses, are already identified. Appropriate guidance and support can therefore be offered from the beginning of Sixth Form life and students can focus upon their work and other activities in a secure and well-understood environment.

For students joining the Sixth Form from other schools or colleges the induction process and pastoral system is designed to ease the ‘settling in’ period and support is available from the Sixth Form Team throughout the transfer process and on into the academic year. The vast majority have settled quickly to the learning, the new environment and high expectations that form part of being at St Martin's.  Pupils joining the Sixth Form are invited in for an induction session to ease transition, and the first day of term is spent becoming familiar with your tutor and fellow form members.

The Personal Tutor is a central figure for students in the Sixth Form at St Martin’s School. Tutors have pastoral oversight of about twenty young people and will meet regularly with tutees either individually or in groups.

It is the tutor’s role to have an overview of each individual within their Tutor Group and to be the first point of contact between the student, or parent, and the Sixth Form. The tutor will:

  • Monitor progress and provide initial support and guidance.
  • Assist in the monitoring of the Extended Project Qualification.
  • Encourage engagement in Sixth Form life and Enrichment activities.
  • Act as a conduit for student concerns with subject teachers and other staff.
  • Monitor attendance and behaviour.
  • Draft references for university places and for employment.

Supporting the Personal Tutor are Mrs Howells (Head of Sixth Form), and the Head of Years 12 and 13 and Director of Key Stage 5, who take an active role in the lives of students and will personally monitor the academic progress being made by every student as they progress through the Sixth Form.  They liaise closely with Personal Tutors, other staff and parents as necessary. The Sixth Form works closely with other agencies and extra professional support and guidance can be provided through these should this become necessary.

Learning Environment 

With nearly 400 students in the Sixth Form, St Martin’s School has made a considerable investment to provide facilities appropriate for the use of this age group and to support student achievement.

The Sixth Form Centre is a separate building on the edge of the school site and is the hub for Sixth Form activity. It is available for the use of Sixth Form students and seeks to provide an atmosphere where students can focus upon their work and other activities without undue disturbance.

Not all lessons can be scheduled in the Centre and students may find they are taught in the neighbouring classrooms, in specialist rooms such as laboratories and workshops, or in other classrooms throughout the school.

Whilst the Sixth Form has separate facilities, it is important that students in the Sixth Form are active in supporting the work of the Main School and students are encouraged, through an extensive Enrichment Programme, to offer structured support, guidance and opportunities to the younger pupils in the school.

The Sixth Form Centre has excellent facilities containing:

  • 11 Sixth Form seminar rooms
  • A dedicated Photography Studio
  • A Sixth Form Library - for silent study
  • A Quiet Study Room with ICT Facilities
  • Three Administrative Offices
  • A large Common Room
  • A ‘bistro’ serving hot and cold snacks and drinks.
  • Sixth Form Toilet facilities
  • An outdoor patio with seating and a secluded grass area
  • Access to student wifi

The facilities are available throughout the school day between about 8:00am and 6:00pm. Students wishing to make use of the facilities outside the normal school day, perhaps whilst waiting for transport, are usually free to do so.

The Sixth Form Centre is also usually available on school closure days (by prior arrangement) and immediately following the publication of A-Level results to support the university ‘clearing’ process.

Why Join? 

At St Martin’s, for most students transferring, it is a natural progression from Year 11 and GCSE courses. These students are fully aware of the procedures and expectations of the school and will want to continue their education within an environment that is familiar and where they are known as individuals by the staff who will teach them. For other students joining the school for the first time, it is an exciting period of change and opportunity.

Students joining St Martin’s from alternative schools bring with them new experiences and perspectives that enrich the Sixth Form for all, staff and students alike; they are very welcome.

The school’s most successful students have achieved 5 or more ‘A’ grades and many subjects have a 100% pass rate at the end of Year 13. A high percentage of students progress to university, either immediately following their A Levels or after a “gap year”.

Students benefit from working with caring and highly effective teachers, and our exceptional facilities have significantly contributed to the students’ academic success. It is, however, hard work by the students themselves that makes the largest contribution and we believe that this ethos of hard work amongst so many students is a very important ingredient in their success.

Another important factor in the success of our students is the wide range of  courses that we offer. There are approximately thirty courses on offer, and this means that many students get their first choice of subjects, which motivates them and consequently they work even harder. This raises standards still further and as a result more of the students get their first choice university courses.

Aims & Aspirations 

he Sixth Form aims to provide a high quality and academic learning experience to its students in an environment that recognises their aspirations as young adults. The school seeks to form a partnership between staff and students based upon the traditional values of mutual respect, a sense of personal responsibility and pride in the school community.

Students are expected to satisfy high expectations in terms of their work, attendance and behaviour. They are expected to engage with their teachers in the learning process, developing knowledge and skills and managing their time with increasing independence and self-motivation. The Sixth Form staff continuously monitor student progress and attainment and provide support and guidance where this is deemed necessary to maintain learning.

The Sixth Form at St Martin’s School aims to:
  • Support students in the attainment of their best academic achievement in their chosen examination options.
  • Support the personal development of students as they enter adulthood.
  • Provide opportunities for breadth and specialisation within the curriculum.
  • Provide core-learning opportunities that encourage students to develop an awareness of issues beyond the confines of their examination options and to gain a broad overview across a variety of areas of knowledge.
  • To provide a moral and ethical framework within which a student can develop and express their own beliefs, political views and values. Can listen to and respect alternative positions and can assimilate and accommodate changes in their understanding of other points of view as the “broader picture” increases.
  • Provide the opportunity for personal reflection and communal worship.
  • Provide additional opportunities, beyond the formal curriculum, for students to benefit from group learning activities and other experiences that will encourage them to grow as independent, self-supporting, and active members of the wider community. 

As a result of these aims the Sixth Form aspires to support its students as they progress from compulsory education towards Higher Education and employment and to ensure that all students, having regard for their own circumstances and prior attainment, attain academic success and develop as people in a challenging, enjoyable and personally rewarding environment.

Student parking on site 

Year 13 students can apply for permission to park on site. They need to complete a special request form signed by the student and parent, and provide copies of their car insurance document and driving licence for the Head of Sixth Form to grant permission (at her discretion).  If permission is given, a parking permit will then be generated and must be displayed on the vehicle's dashboard every time the vehicle is parked on site.   NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARK ON SITE WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM THE HEAD OF SIXTH FORM

It must be stressed that parking on site is a privilege, not a right, and the school cannot guarantee a car park place as priority must be given to staff and visitors. The permission can be revoked if students do not adhere to the strict rules as detailed in the request form (available from the Sixth Form Office).  

If students choose to park off site on local roads, we encourage all students to park responsibly being mindful of not blocking driveways and access to local residents.

Discounted train fares 

It has come to our attention that the discounted train fare scheme may not be operational since the recent change by the train companies locally to Transport For London.  However, we recommend students contact their local train ticket office to see what discounts are available, maybe an Oyster card, or Young Persons Railcard may be suitable etc.

Cashless Catering 

The School operates a cashless-catering system when students wish to purchase refreshments. Every student will have their 'fingerprint' registered at the start of term, and money can be added to their account either through the vending machines situated in the Common Room/North Hall, or via the internet using Parentpay.com.  

New students from other schools will have their username and password advised to them at the beginning of term; students previously at St Martin's in Year 11 can use their existing details.  If parents have forgotten their password, they can just enter your user name on the website and click on 'forgotten password'.  Details on this facility can be downloaded from the Documents to Download page.

When students leave, parents need to request refund of any outstanding balances BEFORE the student leaves in July, as once the academic year has finished the account is closed.  The cheque payment will be generated by the catering company, not the School.

After Sixth Form
 

Towards the end of the Autumn Term of Year 12 students are encouraged to begin thinking about their plans for “life after school”. Mrs Howells (Head of Sixth Form) is pro active in providing information, guidance and support to assist with progression into employment or Higher Education. As with other aspects of Sixth Form life it remains important to involve parents in these discussions and decisions. However, the school recognises that this is an important time and that it is the student who has the central role.

During Year 12 there are a number of opportunities for students, and parents, to obtain information and to research opportunities beyond school. It is usually in early June that the formal support provided to help with progression at 18+ begins with a series of Higher Education and employment conferences and workshops.

The Sixth Form holds two higher education activity days where opportunities are discussed and students begin the process of selecting university courses or planning for work. Students considering making applications for Oxford or Cambridge Universities or for courses in Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry should make staff aware as soon as possible as these students need particular advice.

During the Autumn Term of Year 13 students wishing to proceed to Higher Education will make on-line applications with the support and guidance of their Form Tutors and Mrs Howells. Students preparing for employment will normally begin making applications early in the Spring Term and again staff are available to provide advice and guidance.

During Year 13 further sessions are available which focus on Higher Education Finance and how to proceed following A-Level results, especially if these do not go as planned. Staff are available in school following the publication of results in August to help with any problems that may arise.

Students with high target grades and those that are aspirational become part of a Higher Achievers cohort to encourage and prepare them for applying to competitive universities, such as Cambridge and Oxford, and also courses.

Post Sixth Form Destinations 

University Name  Subject
Aberystwyth University  Veterinary Biosciences
Anglia Ruskin University Business Management and Leadership
Brunel University London Contemporary Education
Brunel University London Law
Brunel University London Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Design with Professional Development
Brunel University London  Physiotherapy
Brunel University London  Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
Coventry University Physiotherapy
De Montford University  Business Management and Law
De Montford University Law and Criminal Justice LLB
Durham University Modem Languages and Cultures (with Year Abroad)
Durham University  Psychology
Keele University Mathematics and Psychology
London School Of Economics Accounting and Finance
London South Bank University Children's Nursing
Loughborough University  Chemistry
Loughborough University  Computer Science
Loughborough University Financial Mathematics
Loughborough University Product Design Engineering
Loughborough University Economics
Middlesex University Fashion Communication and Styling
Middlesex University Sports Informatics and Data Analytics
Oxford Brookes Accounting and Finance
Oxford Brookes Automotive Engineering (BEng)
Queen Mary, University of London  Biomedical Sciences
Queen Mary, University of London  History
Queen Mary, University of London  Psychology
Ravensbourne Art Diploma Foundation (Design & Media) (one year)
Ravensbourne Digital Advertising and Design
Roehampton Primary Education KS1/KS2
Royal Holloway, University of London  English
Royal Holloway, University of London History
Royal Holloway, University of London History and Music
Royal Holloway, University of London  Politics and International Relations
South University of Essex College  Costume Construction
St Marys University, Twickenham, London History
St Marys University, Twickenham, London Sport Science
Swansea University Accounting and Finance
Swansea University  Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry)
The Academy Contemporary Music  Contemporary Music Production (Music Industry Practice)
University College London Architecture
University College London  Mathematics
University of Bath University Business Administration (with professional placement)
University of Bath University  Economics and Politics
University of Bath University  International Development with Economics
University of Bath University  Psychology
University of Birmingham English Language
University of Birmingham History
University of Birmingham Pharmacy
University of Brighton Law with Criminology
University of East Anglia Accounting and Finance
University of East Anglia Business Management
University of East Anglia  Law
University of East London  Psychology
University of Essex Banking and Finance
University of Essex Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
University of Exeter Economics and Finance with Industrial Experience (4 years)
University of Exeter Economics with Industrial Experience (4 years)
University of Exeter English and Film Studies with Study Abroad (4 years)
University of Exeter Law
University of Exeter Liberal Arts
University of Exeter Medical Sciences
University of Exeter  Medical Sciences
University of Greenwich  Graphic and Digital Design
University of Hertfordshire  English Literature
University of Hertfordshire Physiotherapy
University of Kent  Business and Management with a year in Industry
University of Kent Criminology
University of Kent History
'University of Kent Marketing with a year in Industry
University of Leicester  Financial Economics
University of Leicester  History
University of Leicester Mathematics
University of Leicester Psychology
University of Lincoln Accountancy and Finance
'University of Lincoln  Drama
University of Liverpool  Business Management
University of Liverpool  Chemistry
University of Liverpool Mathematics
University of Liverpool Physics
University of Manchester  Chinese Studies
University of Manchester  Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year
University of Newcastle upon Tyne  Medicine (stage 1 entry)
University of Northampton  Film and Screen Studies/English
University of Nottingham Accounting and Finance for Contemporary China
University of Nottingham English with Creative Writing
University of Nottingham  Law with German and German Law
University of Nottingham Management
University of Portsmouth  Social Work
University of Portsmouth  Sports Development
University of Reading Biological Sciences
University of Reading Computer Science
University of Reading  Economics
University of Reading  English Language
University of Reading Geography (Human)
University of Reading Speech and Language Therapy
University of Sheffield  Chemical Engineering (4 years)
University of Southampton  Chemistry with one year placement
University of Surrey Economics and Finance
University of Surrey  Law
University of Surrey Mathematics
University of Sussex Economics and Finance
University of Sussex Finance (with a professional placement year)
University of Sussex  Finance and Business
University of the Arts London Culture, Criticism and Curation
University of Warwick Management (with Foundation Year)
University  of Warwick  Mathematics
University of York Archaeology
University of York Philosophy

University Applications 

In general this process is managed by Mrs Howells. However student’s first port of call should be their Form Tutor and their specific Head of Year. 

Useful Websites

The following online resources should answer most questions students may wish to ask:

  • www.ucas.com: This site contains the application process and the major search engine for university courses. There is a very useful parents section and you can use the UCAS widget below.
  • Both The Times and The Guardian newspapers produce their own league tables but these need to be used with care.

Please see below for downloadable documents for current students: