Applying for a place

For applicants who are not currently attending St. Martin’s School, tours of the school are available with the opportunity to have a preliminary discussion about the courses and facilities the school has to offer.  These tours take place during the Spring Term and Mrs Power in the sixth form office (Tel: 01277 238366) will be pleased to answer initial enquiries and make the necessary arrangements.  Tours are held between 9.00am and 9.45am by appointment only for small groups of students plus parents.
In March, based upon the information received, the subject ‘Option Blocks’ are finalised in response to the choices of subjects made by students.  Applicants whose subject choices clash within the option blocks will be contacted to discuss their choices and receive further guidance and advice.  Following this, conditional offers will be made to successful students based on students gaining the required entry requirements as outlined.
There will be opportunities for students and their parents and carers to meet with members of the sixth form management team during March/April to discuss their course choices and to ask any questions they may have.  This is NOT an open evening, merely a chance to ask questions you may have, obtain advice and guidance on subject choices, change subject choices and discuss issues which may have arisen due to subject choices and the timetables; students will be informed prior to the drop-in evenings if their subjects do not fit into the timetable and will be invited to arrange a specific time for a meeting.
All students whose applications were received before the 1 February deadline, will be invited to a taster programme by email.  It is an opportunity to trial lessons and other information gathering activities.  This is the last opportunity to change course options before the release of GCSE results in August. 
Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list.  Should there be space in the sixth form after the GCSE results, additional applications will be considered at the end of August.  We will contact the applicants should their subject choices be available and request that students provide examination results before an offer of a place is made.
Places in the sixth form, and course choices, are offered solely on the basis of GCSE Results and will be confirmed as soon as possible following their publication in August (this may take a few days to process).  It is helpful if students are available to meet with staff following the results to discuss any necessary course changes.  If the student is on holiday during this time, it is imperative that we have a contact telephone number so that the sixth form team can call to discuss options.  This contact number must be advised to us in writing before GCSE results day.
All successful applicants will receive an email offering a place, confirmed following the GCSE results day, and the sixth form office must receive a confirmation email back from the applicant to secure their place or it may be offered to another applicant on the waiting list.
Therefore, if the student or their parent is on holiday at that time, they must ensure they have access to email.


3 November 2022: Open Evening
January/February 2023:  Morning tours from 9.00am-9.45am (by appointment) for small groups of students and parents.  Tours will be available starting week commencing Monday 10 January 2022.   Places must be booked in advance – please see website for details nearer the time.
1 February 2023:  Deadline for application – any applications received after midnight on this date will be immediately placed on a waiting list.
Mid February 2023: ‘Next Steps’ email sent to all applied by deadline
March/April 2023: Advice & Guidance meetings - drop-in sessions held after school 3:30-5:00pm (dates to be advised in February email).
Mid-End April 2023: Emails to applicants requesting confirmation of intention to attend Taster days.
June 2023: Letters sent with conditional offers to applicants and formal invitation to attend the Taster Days in July.
July 2023: Two-day Taster Programme and last chance to change subject choices and submission of reference.  
August 2023: Results Day (results from students from other schools must be submitted by 1.00pm by email with a scanned copy of the results as an attachment or a clear photo of the results is acceptable – an actual hard copy should be provided if a place is accepted)
August onwards: Notification of Place. (This timing is approximate and places may be notified several days after this date).

  • Applicants must be able to access email during these days in order to confirm acceptance of their place by a date to be advised or it may be given to others on the waiting list;
  • Applicants must be available to either meet in person or over the telephone during results day and the following day to discuss any course changes.
  • Students from other schools need to attend an induction morning at the start of the new term to meet their tutor and have a photograph taken.