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Welcome to St Mary's Catholic High School


Thank you for taking the time to read our Sixth Form prospectus. You have reached the stage in your educational journey where you need to explore post-16 courses and how they might impact on career plans.

You will naturally want the finest possible education available and, at St. Mary’s, we endeavour to offer the best to all our students. Performance at ‘A’ Level and Level 3 BTEC is quite outstanding. Our results are significantly above local levels of achievement. You will be aware of our reputation as a centre of excellence but that does not mean we are elitist. Our students progress to a variety of educational institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge. However, as a Catholic College, we are committed to gospel values and a supportive ethos. You will find that we are interested in the whole student, recognising talent at all levels and constantly reviewing and extending the range and level of courses available following consultation with our students.

Many of our Sixth Form students progress through the school from Year 7. However, an increasing number join us from other high schools. We are delighted that they have made a positive decision to enter the Sixth Form and their contribution is highly valued. Priority is given to positive professional relationships, seeking always to treat
everyone with care and respect. We encourage students to take an active part in the life of the school and the wider community.

You may be a member of St. Mary’s Year 11 or attending one of our neighbouring schools with whom we have strong working relationships. Whatever your present status I guarantee you individual attention in our Sixth Form and share in our success.

Mr. A. Dawson BA (Hons), MSc, NPQH

About us


Entry Pathway Requirement
AS Level qualifications
• A minimum of 4 GCSE at grade B with a minimum of one other GCSE at grade C or above.
• This must include Maths or English at a grade C or above.

Level 3 qualifications
• Minimum of 5 GCSE at grade C or above.
• Must include Maths or English at grade C or above.

To follow an ‘A’ Level course the expectation is to have a B at GCSE in that subject or a closely related discipline. The guidance provided to our students is given by experienced staff to maximise success.


St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college. The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a
discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:
• young people in care;
• care leavers;
• young people in receipt of Income Support;
• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need.

Facilities available

  • Dedicated 6th Form classrooms with specialist teaching areas
  • Dedicated and supervised study areas with access to excellent ICT facilities
  • 6th Form Common Room and Cafeteria
  • Fitness Suite
  • Up-to-date facilities in Science, ICT and Engineering
  • Full disabled access including ramps & lifts

Additional support


At St. Mary’s there are a wide variety of support services in place to ensure that
each student receives the best possible learning experience. A dedicated Student Guidance Professional is on hand to support you along your learning journey and is easily accessible to all Sixth Form students via the study area. Each student in the Sixth Form has a designated tutor. The tutors are the main spine of our pastoral support
system. They are the first point of contact for our students when advice or guidance is required. St Mary’s Sixth Form prides itself on the positive relationships that develop between students and their personal tutors. This relationship is crucial in guiding our students to a successful future.


Students entering into Sixth Form with special educational needs receive the necessary support via external agency input such as educational psychology, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, sensory support etc. If necessary students can access in-class support and receive examination concessions such as extra time and the utilisation of amanuensis. The site has full lift access and hygiene facilities if required. Students with a Statement of Educational Needs will maintain this whilst at St Mary's 6th Form.  This will entitle them to appropriate support and regular Reviews to monitor progress and support levels.


  • All students have access to a professionally qualified Careers Adviser
  • All students wishing to apply to University have regular support from an experienced UCAS Tutor
  • All students are encouraged to attend the annual Careers Convention exposing them to some of the best Universities and Employers in the country
  • All students take part in the PDC programme
  • All students are offered a visit to a University or Apprenticeship Provider in Year 12

Learner success

Last year's Year 13 leavers achieved outstanding results:

  • 99.7% of A Level students achieved an A - E grade
  • 49% of A Level students achieved an A* - B grade
  • 100% of BTEC students achieved a Pass or above
  • 70% of BTEC students achieved a Distinction or Distinction*
  • 23% of students took up places at Russell Group Universities


“Sixth form students achieve well. Careful identification and support for those students at risk of underachieving have helped accelerate progress and improved achievement in all subjects. Retention of students is good and helps secure their success at ‘A’ leveland BTEC subjects. Students have good attitudes to their work and are well motivated showing independence and taking responsibility for their own learning.” most recent Ofsted.


Within our Catholic community we actively encourage a well-rounded education. It is a statutory requirement that students from 16-18 undertake a form of enrichment programme that will aid you in your chosen path. St Mary’s believe that this is at the very centre of our mission statement and always achieving your potential should be built into a student’s learning journey.

As a St Mary’s sixth former you will undertake a Level 3 accredited programme of study. This will be personalised to you, and your curriculum path will be tailored to meet your needs as an individual. This path will take the form of one of the following, ‘A’ Level Critical Thinking, an Edexcel Extended Project Qualification or a level 3
BTEC. Each of these courses is recognised by higher education and carries UCAS points to assist in entry to university.

The Enrichment Programme has two interlinking strands. The first is centred around topical issues and building a knowledge of the world around you. The second focuses on celebrating you as a person and building on your personal philosophy and faith. We believe that both courses provide the solid foundation on which you can build success and make celebration essential.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at St Mary's Catholic High School through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 04 December 2013
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