We have an established elite Russell Group pathway for our most academically able students. Over the last 3 years, 100% of these have gone on to study at the top universities in the country including Oxford and Cambridge. We ensure that these students build up the necessary academic and ‘soft skills’ to make them successful in their applications.
"St Martins prepared me for life in a Russell Group University, not only with excellent teaching but by developing my public speaking skills and by teaching me to be self-motivated” (Chinazo Nwoka, Reading History at Liverpool University)
Each year we enrol a small vocational cohort who follow a Business or Health pathway. These courses are A-Level equivalents that are examined through continuous assessment rather than examination. Year on year these students perform well above the national average in their qualifications. The majority of our Health and Social Care students go on to train as nurses, midwives or other health care professionals, whilst our Business students go on to read business or related courses at university.
"My work experience at St Christopher’s hospice has really prepared me for the realities of Nursing, I can’t wait”. (Silifat Ajaji, Reading Nursing at University of East London)
BROAD SUBJECT CHOICES
With over 30 subjects to choose from, students can tailor a curriculum to suit their own individual interests and needs. The majority of our courses are academic A levels but we also offer a suite of vocational subjects and allow students to follow an academic, vocational or mixed pathway.With our SL6 collaboration (with Dunraven, La Retraite and The Elm Green schools) we are able to widen the curriculum offer even further and ensure subject combinations become possible.
"I have been able to enjoy the benefits of a small Sixth Form and do all the subjects I wanted thanks to the SL6 collaboration” (David Pepple, Year 12 student)
For over 10 years we have been supporting students with University applications and have a fantastic success rate in placing students. We have a specialist team of Sixth Form tutors trained in the application process. We start the application process early and provide step by step guidance for students along the way resulting in over 80% of our students securing their first or second choice University in 2014.
"The support and guidance has been incredible. I wasn’t sure about university but now I am. I have made really informed choices and am excited about what lies ahead” (Millie Taylor, Former Head Girl and Sixth Form Ambassador, reading International Relations at Bristol University from Oct 2014)
DEVELOP AN APPETITE FOR LEARNING
We recognise that successful Sixth Formers need to have an appetite for learning and a belief in the ‘Growth Mind-set’ (the idea that complex skills can be mastered through purposeful practice). From the outset we endeavour to instil this in every learner though our pastoral and academic programmes. We run numerous workshops, competitions and lectures throughout the year both on site and off, that are deliberately not subject focused, but develop students desire to learn. We publicly reward students for both their commitment to study and enquiry and the achievement that results from this.
"Being in the Sixth Form taught me how to think outside the box. Public speaking training, visits to the British Library and TED talks all focused us on how to find out more about the world in which we live.” (Kamesha Adamson, Sixth Form Ambassador, reading English literature at Southampton University)
JOIN A SMALL FAMILY COMMUNITY
We are deliberately a small Sixth Form with a maximum of 180 students on roll across year 12 and 13, which allows us to provide a bespoke educational experience for all our students. The Director of Sixth and Head of Year know every student individually and all students have a personal tutor. Being a small Sixth Form has enabled us to build a calm and positive learning environment where students are confident to grow as individuals.
"The Sixth Form is like a family where both staff and students are willing to support and help you.” (Sosina Binyam, Sixth Form President 2014/15)
GROW UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF
With excellent careers guidance and pastoral support our Sixth Formers enjoy a life-changing two years which prepares them thoroughly for university life and beyond. We encourage all students to take up positions of responsibility and to contribute to our wider community. Our Sixth Formers mentor lower school students, run the school council and coach in local primary schools. We give students the opportunity to plan and organise events, fund raise and run public awareness campaigns.
"Sixth Formers have lots of opportunities to make a mark, let their voice be heard” (Keana Aitcheson, Sixth Form Ambassador 2014/15)
AN INCLUSIVE CHRISTIAN SIXTH FORM
We are an inclusive Christian community welcoming those of all faiths and none.
"It doesn’t matter what religion you come from, or if you come from one at all. Everyone feels included in this one big family” (Emily Davis, Sixth Form Ambassador 2013/14)
A WEALTH OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
We have a broad enrichment programme designed to meet the interests of students and provide the skills that they will need in personal, academic and professional lives. Our two biggest programmes are the Duke of Edinburgh Award and ‘Envision’. Each year the provision changes according to the needs and interests of the student body. AVAILABLE FOR SEPT 2015: Duke of Edinburgh Award; Envision; Sports Leadership; Debating; Chess; Music lessons; Sports cocktail; Film club; Media club; Student Newsletter; Student led master classes; Art club; Book club; Theatre club; Cooking club; DIY club; Science club; Sports leaders award; Language lessons; Photography club; TED club; First Aid training; and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). But every year students start up another club so whatever your interest, there should be something for you!
"There are many different opportunities that St Martins are able to offer students which help them develop new skills. The Duke of Edinburgh award was brilliant fun and taught me so much” (Lillian Hassan, Sixth Form Ambassador)
We aim to ensure that every student is empowered to make the right decisions in line with their talents, dreams and aspirations that will realise their potential and give them access to the appropriate pathways for Higher Education and Employment. Careers guidance begins in Year 11 where every applicant is invited for a careers focused meeting with the Director of Sixth, who will guide them through their subject choices. Once enrolled, every Sixth Former receives individual careers interviews and guidance from an external, independent provider both in year 12 and 13. At the end of Year 12 all Sixth Formers are offered work experience and many secure placements during both the February and Easter holidays. Through ‘The Brokerage’ organisation we have established links with many top city firms such as Goldman Sachs, Allen and Overy, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, Hogan and Lovell and Barclays to name but a few. These city firms come into school to run workshops on employability, CV writing, interview skills and so much more. They also invite our pupils into the city to experience corporate life and each year a lucky few secure paid summer internships. These firms really do help us to prepare our children fully for the world of work at the very top.
"St Martins provides students with so many activities outside of school which allows them to network and broaden their career choices. Everyone goes on work experience and some students even get paid summer placements!” (A’Isha Bounouar, reading Illustration at Kingston University)