Sixth Form 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.


For 2020 Entry: Come for an Open Evening Visit

Places limited, you must book through

From 5pm on the following Mondays in 2019

8 July, 23 Sept, & 11 Nov

Applications will be available once you have attended an Open Evening

Closing date for applications: Friday 22 November 2019


Size of Sixth Form
Our Governors intend to admit 165 students into 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 Levels & BTECs
St Mary’s specialises in A level courses. This allows us to offer a wide range of A levels and to accommodate most combinations of subjects. We also offer Level 3 BTEC qualifications. See Sixth Form Prospectus and Courses Booklet

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 2019 entry:

Five or more GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, preferably inclusive of Maths and English. Please see the Prospectus for all entry requirements for the individual subjects you wish to study.

There is the possibility of a resit in Maths or English to obtain a grade 4 during sixth form.

Internal Applicants:

For September 2019, 2020 and 2021 entry:

2019       by the last day before the Christmas holidays in 2019

2020       by the last day before the Christmas holidays in 2020

2021       by the last day before the Christmas holidays in 2021


Our own Year 11 apply in the first instance by a Straw Poll Options form in the second half of the Autumn term and will then complete a second Options form obtaining the signatures of parents and Head of Key Stage 4 during the Spring term.

External Applicants:

Applications accepted from/to:

Entry Date                        Applications accepted from                                                               to end of school on

September 2019              After the first open evening in July 2018                                         23 November 2018

September 2020             After the first open evening in July 2019                                          22 November 2019

September 2021              After the first open evening in July 2020                                         20 November 2020


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 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 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