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.


Application for 2019 entry is now closed. Late application, in some circumstances, may be considered. Please contact


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 2018 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 2018, 2019 and 2020 entry:

  • 2019       by the last day before the Christmas holidays in 2018
  • 2020       by the last day before the Christmas holidays in 2019
  • 2021       by the last day before the Christmas holidays in 2020


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               First Monday of June 2018                                          23 November 2018
  • September 2020               First Monday of June 2019                                          22 November 2019
  • September 2021               First Monday of June 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

Sixth Form Prospectus and Courses Booklet