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Prospectus and Admissions

For pupils not currently attending St Mary’s, your first step is to come to an Open Evening where you will be given further information about our application process. It is our expectation that you will have attended an Open Evening before making a formal application.

Come for an Open Evening Visit

 Places limited, you must book through

From 5pm on the following Mondays in 2017

17 July; 18 Sept; 16 Oct; 20 Nov

Applications will be available once you have attended an Open Evening

Closing date for applications: Friday 24 November 2017

Applications to Sixth Form:
A Brief Summary (see prospectus for full detail)

Sixth Form Prospectus Download

Size of Sixth Form
Our Governors intend to admit 165 students into each Year 12. The full intake is not taken up entirely by students from our own Year 11 and we welcome applications for places from students in other schools.

Our Courses: A and AS Levels
St Mary’s specialises in A and AS level courses. This allows us to offer a wide range of A levels and to accommodate most combinations of subjects.  See Sixth Form Prospectus.

Entry Requirements
In addition to the high expectations of attendance, conduct, appearance and effort, applicants to Sixth Form should also satisfy the following academic requirements:

For 2017 entry:


  • Five or more GCSE passes at grade C (4) or above, inclusive of Maths and English
  • Grade B (6) or above in all the subjects you wish to study at A level
  • Any additional requirements for the subjects you have chosen, as stated in the subject entries for each subject in the prospectus dated 2017.


For 2018 entry:


  • Five or more GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, preferably inclusive of Maths and English
  • Grade 6 or above in all subjects you wish to study at A level, within the Prospectus as detailed below
  • Any additional requirements for the subjects you have chosen, as stated in the subject entries for each subject in the prospectus for 2018 which will be published shortly
  • There is the possibility of a resit in Maths or English to obtain a grade 4 during sixth form.


Internal Applicants:

For September 2017, 2018 and 2019 entry:


 2017  Start of Spring Term 2017  27 January 2017
 2018  Start of Spring Term 2018  26 January 2018
 2019  Start of Spring Term 2019  25 January 2019


Our own Year 11 apply in the first half of the Spring term and demonstrate their general suitability by obtaining, on their application form, the signatures of parents, current teachers in all subjects chosen for A level, Form Teacher, Heads of Year and Head of Key Stage 4.

External Applicants:

Applications accepted from/to:

Entry Date Applications accepted from To end of school on
September 2017 First Monday of June 2016 25 November 2016
September 2018 First Monday of June 2017 24 November 2017
September 2019 First Monday of June 2018 23 November 2018

Please note we would expect all applicants to be able to meet our minimum entry requirements, and for external applicants we will judge at the time of application based on the current grades (or closest equivalent) on the latest school report only (usually end of Year 10); students would have to show good attitude to learning and effort, and to attend well. If you are interested, you should contact Mrs Hogan (Sixth Form Administrator) in writing, by telephone or by email via

Interested students will be invited to attend the next available sixth form open evening (with parents if they wish). These evenings take place twice-monthly through the application season. During open evenings, students will show you presentations about the school, you can visit our facilities and have the opportunity to ask students or staff any questions. The evening is informal: it is for your information only and it plays no part in the application procedure. If you are still interested in joining St Mary’s Sixth Form after one of our open evenings, you can apply by the deadline above by contacting Mrs Hogan .

For more information and the Oversubscription Policy (External Applicants only) see the Prospectus or follow this link

St Mary's Catholic High School, Newbold Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8AG

St Marys Catholic High School Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number 8107212 and has a registered office at Newbold Road, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8AG.

St Mary's Catholic High School