St Martins Academy Chester

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

Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I apply?

We are part of the centrally co-ordinated admissions process used by all other maintained schools. You can only apply for a place at St Martin's via Cheshire West and Chester Council, either by post or online using their common application form. If searching for the school online, please don’t use the ‘catchment area’ function as the school does not have a catchment area. Please remember that if you have ‘registered an interest’ this does not mean you have applied for a place.

How does the admissions criteria work?

All school places at St Martin’s Academy are allocated and offered in an open and fair way in line with the published ‘School Admissions Code’, a copy of which can be found on our website.   Where more applications are received than there are places available, after the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs where the school is named in the Statement, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out within the published Admissions Policy.  A copy of our published ‘Admissions Policy’ is available on our school website and can also be found in the ‘Applying for Primary School Places 2016-17’ information booklet published by Cheshire West and Chester.

Why doesn’t the school have a catchment area?

The ethos of St Martin’s Academy is that all children are entitled to an outstanding education and our admissions policy has been designed to offer as many families as possible the chance to attend St Martin’s Academy.  As all schools must operate a fair admissions policy with set over subscription criteria it is not always possible to offer places at the school to children who live within a certain area.  

What is the difference between a Free School and a State School?

A free school or academy is funded directly from central government rather than a local authority. It sits outside of local authority control, meaning that decisions can be taken quickly and effectively by the Trust.

Are all your staff qualified?

All of our teaching team undergo a rigorous recruitment process and details of their individual qualifications and experience are available to see on our website via the Staff Biographies page.

How do I know if the school is outstanding?

St Martin’s Academy was inspected in May 2015 and graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. The home page on the website has a link to the full report.

Why do you have a longer school day?

The extra hour at the end of our school day allows children to enjoy enrichment activities throughout the week and gives teachers the chance to cover subjects in greater depth.

How will I be told if my application is successful?

Offers for primary school places will be posted out by CWaC on the 16 April to those parents/carers who have applied using a paper application. If you apply online at you will receive your offer by e-mail if you have requested this when applying or you can log on to your account to view the school place offered on 16 April. Please note: Only applications submitted using the online facility will receive an offer by e-mail.  Offers for reception places in September can not be made via the school 

What happens if our application is unsuccessful? Do you have a waiting list?

Following the close of admissions and the offering of places, the local authority hold a waiting list. No waiting list is held at that point by the school. Waiting lists for places in other year groups are held by the school.  If a place becomes available, the position on the waiting list is determined through the application of the oversubscription criteria as detailed within the admissions policy.

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