Academic Development


Time in the Sixth Form should enable all students to make a successful and confident transition from school to university or employment. So our curriculum is designed to meet pupils’ needs by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need for future life.

A Rich Choice
We offer a wide range of courses – most students study four subjects in Lower Sixth (Year 12) and continue with three into Upper Sixth (Year 13). We expect all our leavers to secure a place at university (if they choose this path).

Tailored Teaching
Teaching groups are small so each student receives a lot of individual attention, which leads to effective personalised learning. We find pupils feel secure in these groups and develop the confidence to join discussions, express opinions and hone their thinking skills.

Encouraging Excellence
At St Martha’s we use valuable data from the ALIS value-added scheme to gain an informed idea of how students are likely to perform, allowing us to set realistic yet challenging targets.

We closely monitor students’ achievement, attainment and effort. Each subject teacher completes short four-weekly assessments which are shared with parents and, where necessary, the subject teacher, personal tutor and Head of Sixth Form. Any student experiencing difficulties benefits from suitable support and monitoring.

In addition to the short assessments, there are two Parents’ Evenings and two full reports each year.

Genuinely Personal Pastoral Care
In Sixth Form each student joins a registration group with a form base tutor. She also has weekly meetings with the personal tutor assigned to her in lower school (or at time of entry) who’s responsible for her welfare.

Students are encouraged to share both successes and concerns with their personal tutor. In return the tutor provides support, encourages individual development and monitors progress.

They help students develop their talents and set academic and personal targets – and encourage full involvement in school life through accepting responsibility and participating in events.

This tutor is the first point of contact between home and school and can be contacted via email