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Information for Applicants

Information for Prospective Students for September 2018 entry into Year 12


All communications to the sixth form office should be directed to the email address:


Latest Communications:

Details of admissions communications will be posted here accordingly:

17-20 April - All applicants' (where email address has been provided) and all parents were sent email regarding the Taster Days which are being held on 2 and 3 July 2018.  Replies to confirm attendance are required by 30 April 2018 (replies to decline attendance or withdraw application are also requested by that date).  IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EMAIL PLEASE CONTACT

6 February - All applicants' parents were sent an email to the parental email address provided on the application form, detailing the next steps in the admissions process. If you have not received this, please contact 

5-8 June - letters have been sent to all applicants who applied by 2 February, with formal invitation to our Taster Days on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July.  If you have not received a letter by 11 June 2018 please contact 

19 July - emails sent to external applicants with reminder of GSCE results day procedure - results must be with us by email or delivered in person by 1.30pm.  Internal applicants do not need to take any action as their results will already be known by Head of Sixth Form.

23 August - GCSE results day - emails will be sent to external students that have provided their results by 1.30pm, Call parent emails will be sent to all internal students that applied.  All applicants should have been contacted by end of Friday 24 August by email or telephone.



OPEN EVENING PRESENTATION:  please click here for a copy of the presentation given by the Head of Sixth Form at the recent Open Evening.

Advice and Guidance Meetings: 

Advice and Guidance meetings provide an opportunity for applicants to discuss their subject options and seek advice on subsequent pathways after sixth form, and for those who wish to change their subject choice.  The dates for these sessions will be Wednesday 14 March, Wednesday 28 March and Thursday 19 April - all between 3.30pm-5pm.  

No appointment necessary, but an email in advance, so we are aware of numbers, would be appreciated:

General Points: 

  • The deadline for applications is 1 FEBRUARY 2018.  Any received after this date will be placed on our waiting list and not reviewed until the end of August 2018 when we know how many spaces, if any, we have available.  Every year we are very over-subscribed so we encourage all applicants to return their application in good time. 

    • The application form is available by clicking the link on the right
    • Only applicants who met the 1 February deadline will be considered for a conditional offer.
  • We do NOT offer confirmed places until we know the applicant’s GCSE grades in August.  
  • Applicants from St Martin’s school will need to provide only results of exams taken before this summer (eg last year or outside of school) as we will automatically have the current year's August results for them.
  • Applicants from other schools will need to provide all their results by 1.30pm on results day in person, by fax or a scanned copy attached to email – see website for more details.  If you are on holiday at this time it is your responsibility to ensure the results are given to us before the deadline. 
  • We do not interview all applicants due to the overwhelming number of applicants (which has doubled in three years), however due to the addition of BTEC qualifications at St Martin's, spaces allocated to students from other schools may be limited and students may be invited to interview before an offer is made.
  • A letter will be sent in June to all students who submitted an application before the deadline.  It is to confirm the subjects chosen which will then be experienced at the taster programme.  It is also to provide full details of the results day timings and notifications.  All this information is also on the website.  It is an important element of the admission process.   If there are official reasons for a particular date not to be selected, eg for Duke of Edinburgh course, National Citizenship Course or  holiday abroad, then this request needs to be advised to the sixth form office by early May in order for it to be taken into consideration.  We will endeavour to accommodate a particular date request but this may not always be possible.
  • Please ensure that the email address you have provided to us is one you can DEFINITELY access during the results period (23-31 August) regardless of whether you are on holiday or not.  We will require an email reply from every applicant by Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August -  after we send them notification of a place, or they may have the place given to the next person on the waiting list.  Again, full details on the website and this will be notified in more detail in the letter to be sent in June.
  • Finally, the drop-in sessions in March/April are primarily for those applicants who need to make a subject change, or have queries that cannot be handled by email.  It is not an open evening to speak with subject teachers.

Next Steps for Applicants who met the 1 February deadline: 

  • We will check the subjects chosen fit within our subject blocks,  and by end of February we will contact any where there are queries. 
  • In June we will write to all applicants who submitted an application by 1 February inviting them to the Taster Programme.   A response is essential to confirm whether the applicant will be attending/not attending the taster programme as spaces are capped to a certain number for subjects.  Failure to respond to the invitation will result in the applicant not being able to attend the Induction Days  and this may affect their application. 

Morning Tours: 

We can offer morning tours on two days a week starting in early January.  These days vary each week dependent upon staff timetable availability.  Places must be pre-booked in advance, by calling the sixth form office on 01277 238366.  The tours will be from 9am-9.45am and will be in small groups of about 4 prospective students plus parents.   

Travelling to School: 

(It is the parent's responsibility to organise transport to school)


If your child currently uses the school buses operated by NIBS for Essex County ie from the Five Parishes, Horndon, Ockendon etc, then you need to contact Essex County Council (school transport department) to enquire if they will have space for your child post-16. You will need to pay them direct for the bus pass.   Essex County give priority to lower school students first, therefore you may not have a space allocated to the child for sixth form.

It is the parent’s responsibility to check this BEFORE September term starts and accepting a place with us so an alternative method of travelling should be arranged.  The School does not have any influence over who gets places on the buses run by County nor take payment for the bus passes or issue them.


  • 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.