Sixth Form Key information

At St Mary’s we encourage all Sixth Form students to explore their post 18 options please go to the section Life Beyond St Mary's for further information. 


Bridging the Gap from GCSE to A Level

The move from GCSE to A Level can be quite a daunting one. Students will be given the tools with which they will become more independent in their studies which will in turn mean that they will gain the most from their courses. Preparation, additional reading and research can all support this new level of independence and challenge.  Bridging the Gap is a short document which is intended to give students an insight of where they can start to look for additional materials to support their studies. This should start as post GCSE Summer Reading and continue throughout Sixth Form.  Please ensure you have read and made a start on the work that is outlined in the booklet in the subjects you intend to take in September.  In addition, do ask Subject teachers questions on Results Day about the course and the work load.


Year 12 Enrichment Week -  9th - 12th July

To access further information regarding Year 12 Enrichment Week please click on the link: Year 12 Enrichment Week 


UCAS ENTRY 2018 - Year 13

Important deadlines

15 January 2018 - 18:00 (UK time) - application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for all courses except those listed above with a 15 October deadline, and art and design courses with a 24 March deadline.

24 March 2018 - 18:00 (UK time) - application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for art and design courses except those listed with a 15 January deadline. 

30 June 2018 - 18:00 (UK time) 
Last date for the receipt of all other applications for immediate consideration. Those received after this date will be held for Clearing

4 July 2018 - Last date for applicants to add an Extra choice. 

31 August 2018 -The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept the applicant – this day also marks the end of Adjustment.

20 September 2018 - The final deadline for applications to 2017 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time).

23 October 2018 - The deadline for adding Clearing choices, and for universities or colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.


The government have now confirmed tuition fees and student support arrangements for students of all domiciles
starting courses in 2018. Further information can also be found on the UCAS website.

Alternative Pathways

We will provide additional support to students who decide that they do not want to go on to university. Mrs Warren will arrange an interview with our external independent careers advisor and support with CV’s and applications will be given. Specialised sites to explore alternative post 18 pathways include:


Students should be thinking ahead to their plans post St Mary’s. We encourage all students to be looking for work experience and volunteering experience to broaden their skills outside of the classroom. Students have the opportunity during timetabled enrichment to volunteer either on site or within the local community.

Students are entitled to apply for five days out of school to explore their post-18 options. Application forms can be collected from Mrs Warren in the library. We actively encourage all students to attend open days and taster sessions. For those students intending to go to university follow this link for a full list of UCAS open days and events. Many universities run free taster sessions which give students an opportunity to experience a taste of what university life is like. We advise students to visit individual university websites. Please see the following information from the university of London.

University taster courses for prospective undergraduate students
Choose from over a hundred courses in multiple subject areas at numerous universities in and around London.

The Taster Course Programme provides year 12 sixth form students with a taste of what life at a university in London is like. Through your chosen taster course you will experience the different teaching methods used by university academics and gain an insight into the additional facilities available, whilst meeting students from across the UK. All our taster courses are free to attend and you can choose a course from a variety of subjects taking place at the numerous participating universities. Courses range from voice and drama, to medicine and nursing, to computing and business. 2017 applications are now open. Applications for the 2018 University Taster Sessions will open in the New Year. You will be able to book on to a Taster Day Course and find more information at


 Sixth Form Induction Trip, Dorset   Saturday 30th June-Monday 2nd July


Sixth Form - Work Experience 2nd -6th July 2018 Enrichment

6th Form Enrichment Work Experience Placement


Key Documents


 Year 13 Leavers' Mass and Prom Arrangements


Year 13 Exam Preparation


Student Finance Information


Student Hut Revision A Level Revision Guide


Sixth Form Vericool Consent Form 


Upcoming Events

03 Sep


All Day
04 Sep

Pupils Return (Staggered Start) -Year 7 & 12 Only

All Day
05 Sep

Pupils Return (Staggered Start) - Year 8,9,10.11 and 13

All Day
13 Sep

Dedication Masses P4- Years 8,9,13 P5 Years 10,11,12, 7pm for Year 7

1:30pm - 3:30pm