St Martins Academy Chester

'An Outstanding School' – Ofsted June 2015   Read the report here

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find the answers below to some frequently asked questions about our school. If we can help with the answers to any other questions, please contact the school office.


Are your staff qualified?
All of our staff have been selected for employment due to their qualifications and experience within their chosen field. Staff profiles can be found here. There will always be a member of staff with Qualified Teaching Status with overall responsibility for each class.

Are your staff appropriately vetted?
All staff have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and this information is kept confidentially on the school’s single central record which is inspected by both Ofsted and the DFE.

Do you have a governing body?
Yes, the names of our Chair and Vice Chair can be found here. Our governing body acts as the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure that every child gets the best possible education ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. All Governors also have DBS checks and details of these held confidentially on the school’s single central record which is inspected by both Ofsted and the DFE.

How is St Martin’s Academy funded?
St Martin’s is funded directly from the Central Government and not by the Local Authority.

What is a Free School?
Free schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to a proven demand within a community. Free schools sit outside of the control of the Local Authority.

Are you inspected by Ofsted?
St Martin’s Academy was rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in June 2015. 

Do you follow the National Curriculum?
St Martin’s Academy pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in Reception and then the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Year One. This highly-regarded programme covers all the same expected outcomes as the National Curriculum and our pupils will still be expected to sit Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) in line with all other schools. More details about the IB (PYP) can be found here.

Do you accept children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes. Our aim is to ensure that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are able to participate in all aspects of school life. Our Special Educational Needs and Disability policy can be found here. 

How do people apply for a place in your school?
St Martin's Academy is part of the centrally co-ordinated admissions process for all schools and people can apply via Cheshire West and Chester Council. We do not operate a waiting list for places for reception classes and we do not assess pupils prior to entry. We also do not have a catchment area. Full details of our admissions policy can be found here.

How was St Martin's Academy set up?
St Martin’s Academy was opened by North West Academies in September 2013 after proving that a demand existed for extra primary school places in the Chester area. St Martin’s Trust is now responsible for the running of the academy. More information about North West Academies can be found here.

Do you have any relationship with the Local Authority?
Despite sitting outside the funding and administrative control of the local authority, we enjoy a positive relationship with Cheshire West and Chester Council. We have elected to ‘buy back’ many services offered by the local authority, including payroll, central admissions and some HR support via shared services.

Do you publish pupil progress data?
Our first progress data will be published in 2016 and every year following that date. Until then our children will not be old enough to sit national tests and as such any progress data is not recognised nationally.

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