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English Martyrs Catholic School

Anstey Lane , Leicester , Leicester, LE4 0FJ

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About us

At English Martyrs' we have an “Outstanding Sixth Form”, (Ofsted 2014, reconfirmed May 2017,) which offers a very broad and balanced range of Level 3 A level and BTEC courses. Our students make excellent progress in their studies and are very high achieving, leaving Sixth Form to study a wide range of courses at good universities throughout the UK.

Students enjoy the use of our purpose-built Sixth Form Centre with its own dedicated Study and Common Room where students have access to a kitchen area and a vending machine.  There are plentiful computer facilities both in the Sixth Form Centre and in the Library.  Students have exclusive use of the Sixth Form area of the Library and their own section in the school Restaurant which is decorated in an Italian style.  During study lessons students can also access school music practice areas and sports facilities.

Sixth Form isn't all about study!  Our Sixth Form Officers arrange regular social events for students during the year.  Sometimes these are combined with opportunities to raise money for important social action causes.

Student support

English Martyrs' Sixth Form has for many years had a tremendous reputation for excellent teaching, superb results and individual care for students.  Ours is a Sixth Form of approximately 250 students, where everyone is well known and personally supported by academic staff and tutors.  Our students will tell you about the close friendships formed here, the brilliant community and the warm welcome to new students.

As a Catholic Sixth Form we believe that education is about the whole human person and we know that the years at Sixth Form are some of the most important in your life.  We want to help you optimise this privileged time, to stretch your academic talents as well as help you explore your wider interests, so that you can truly become your best self.

What makes us different?

Our success as a Sixth Form is because of the commitment shown by our students and the excellent teaching they receive. In addition, the Sixth Form community life is very rich with many opportunities for personal development including an extensive volunteering programme and the opportunity to be part of the Senior Student Leadership Team.   We encourage students to take positions of leadership in the school.  There are opportunities to help younger students with their learning in lessons and form time and to get involved in music, drama and sporting activities both as participants and leaders.  Sixth Formers play in Orchestra, sing in the Schola Cantorum, join the Debating Society and lead school teams as coaches for football, basketball, cricket, rugby, netball etc.  Many students take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which includes volunteering and an expedition.  In Year 13, there are a number of appointed leadership posts, including Head Girl and Head Boy (and deputies), officers for charity fundraising, arts, music, sport and spiritual life.

English Martyrs' offers a very wide range of courses and subject combinations at A-Level and BTEC Level 3, giving students tremendous breadth of choice and subject combinations.  We recognise that A-Level and BTEC Level 3 qualifications are very demanding.  Accordingly we give students a high ratio of teaching time with most subjects offering five hours of teaching per week, i.e one lesson in each A-Level per day.

Unlike other Sixth Form centres, English Martyrs' expects students to study four subjects in Year 12 and enters them for AS-Level public examinations at the end of Year 12.  This provides students with a very accurate picture of their progress as they enter Year 13 and enables them to speak to universities and UCAS with confidence about their projected grades at A-Level when making applications for university courses or apprenticeships.

We offer a comprehensive programme of careers advice delivered by our own staff together with employers, local universities and our past students.  Our very experienced team supports students and parents through the complex university admission process.

A large number of visiting speakers regularly give talks to our students.  This enables you to meet people from public life, businesses and universities whom you might not otherwise come into contact with.  A wide variety of subjects are addressed in these talks which are always extremely interesting.


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Additional information

We are seeking to recruit students to the Sixth Form who are committed to achieving the highest academic standards and giving of their personal best. If you wish to succeed and are prepared to work hard at Sixth Form study, we look forward to receiving your application. English Martyrs’ Sixth Form welcomes applications from students from other schools and other faith backgrounds.

If you have any questions about any aspect of Sixth Form education at English Martyrs, please talk to the subject specialists or Mrs O’Hagan, Director of Sixth Form. 

External applicants should submit applications by Thursday 30th January 2020, either via PS16 (Positive Steps@16) or to English Martyrs’ directly. The link to PS16 is on the English Martyrs’ Sixth Form website. 


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