Welcome to Saint Martin’s, we are delighted that you are considering us for your daughter’s education. Different entry requirements apply depending on the age of your daughter when she joins us, so please choose the relevant tab to find out more.
Although girls usually join Saint Martin’s at the beginning of a School term, it may be possible for girls to be admitted at other times in order to meet parental requests and relocation, so please get in touch with us to find out more.
We are an academically selective school, so entrance to all years of the school will include an element of assessment. Further information can be found within each of the tabs below.
Early registration is highly recommended, and this is easily achieved by completing and returning the Registration Form.
Please also visit our key dates pages to find out more about taster days, open events and parent information evenings.
Our admissions policy is also available to view on our ‘policies’ page.
Girls are able to join the Nursery once they are 3 years old. Girls must attend nursery every morning to enable the teachers to cover the full EYFS curriculum, to full-time. Parents are then able to choose how many afternoon sessions they would like their daughters to attend. Attendance on a full-time basis will be dependent on the child’s readiness, agreed between staff and parents.
You will be invited to visit the school and look around the nursery to meet our teaching staff and view our caring and supportive environment for yourselves, and you are welcome to do this with or without your daughter.
Once you have registered with us, you and your daughter will be invited to ‘Stay and Play’ sessions to help her to settle in. Miss Chatwin, Lead EYFS Teacher will be able to spend time with your daughter assessing how she adjusts to our Nursery environment.
A formal offer will be made once Miss Chatwin believes that your daughter is ready to start with us.
Entry to Alice House (our infant school) can be applied for at any time of the school year provided there are available spaces in the year group required. Please contact the Admissions Team to find out if we are currently accepting new girls.
Girls join the Reception class from the September following their fourth birthday. Priority is given to those in Saint Martin’s Nursery and then girls are accepted in chronological order of application.
If you are interested in your daughter joining our Reception class then please come along to one of our open events, or book an individual visit to have a look around.
Once your daughter is registered we will invite her back for a Taster Day with the class. This will give her the opportunity to meet our girls and the teachers, and find out more about life at Saint Martin’s. She will be assessed on a one-to-one basis in activities relevant to the Curriculum, although no additional practice is needed to prepare for this assessment. The assessment and reference will both be taken in to account when looking to offer your daughter a place.
Applications for girls to join the School in Years 1 and 2 are most welcome if we have space in our classes. Please contact us to find out our availability.
Once you have had a look around the school and registered your daughter for admission, she will be invited to spend time with the Teacher and the class where she is assessed on a one-to-one basis in activities relevant to the Curriculum. This helps to give us an overview of your daughter’s personality and academic ability. No additional practice is needed to prepare for this assessment. We will also contact her current school to ask for a reference, and the assessment and reference will both be taken in to account when looking to offer your daughter a place.
Entry to the Junior School can be applied for at any time of the school year if there are available spaces in the year group. Please contact the Admissions Team to find out if places are available.
Although we are a selective school, we do not believe in encouraging Junior School children to sit formal entrance exams. Instead, after you have visited the school and registered your interest for a place, your daughter will spend the day in School and be assessed whilst also taking part in the class activities. This will enable her to meet her peers, and the class teacher, whilst experiencing a typical school day at Saint Martin’s. We have found that this is the best way to get the most out of your daughter, whilst also integrating her in to the school and preparing her to start with us.
You will be notified of the assessment results as soon as possible after this day, and we will contact your daughter’s current school to ask for a reference. The assessment and reference will both be taken in to account when looking to offer your daughter a place.
Entry to the Senior School can be applied for at any time of the school year if there are available spaces in the year group. Please contact the Admissions Team to find out if places are available.
We offer a range of events for girls who are considering joining Saint Martin’s, including taster days, open events and individual visits. The dates for 2018 admission can be found by visiting our key dates page.
If your daughter wishes to sit the entrance exam then you are welcome to register with us. As well as securing a place for the examination, this will also ensure that we can update you with key dates and events throughout the admissions process.
For entry into Year 7, girls will sit the Entrance Examination in November before joining in the following September. The Entrance Examination consists of papers in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.
Once girls have taken our entrance exam, they will also undertake a short interview with the Head, Mrs Smillie. This enables us to find out a bit more about the girls and their interests.
Annually at Year 7 we offer Academic, Sports, Music and Performing Arts Scholarships .
Fee Assistance is also available and must be applied for prior to taking the Entrance Examination.
Places may be available in Year 8 and 9 and we are sometimes able to accept girls into Year 10 for the GCSE course at the start of the Autumn Term.
Once you have visited the school and registered your daughter for admission, we will organise an entrance test where we will asses your daughter in Verbal Reasoning and examinations in English, Mathematics, Science and a Modern Foreign Language (if studied). Together with an interview and a report from your daughter’s current school we are able to make a full assessment of your daughter’s potential.
Please contact the admissions team on email@example.com to enquire about entry to years 8, 9 and 10.
The Sixth Form is an important time for all students, with competition for university places, apprenticeships and graduate jobs increasing. Our small and welcoming Sixth Form offers an excellent academic education within a caring and supportive pastoral environment, ensuring that your daughter reaches her full potential and building a strong foundation for her future.
In 2016, all of our Upper Sixth leavers were successful in gaining places at the university of their choice. Our small class sizes ensure that girls are given individual attention and our excellent teaching staff offer tutorial-style lessons, building an excellent foundation for Higher Education. Please come along to one of our open events to find out more about the Sixth Form.
Dates for September 2018 entry in to our Sixth Form will be published shortly, and registration is available now.
Admission to the Sixth Form consists of an interview with senior staff after which conditional offers are made on receipt of a satisfactory report and GCSE predications. We do ask for a minimum of 6 GCSEs of at least at Grade B or above, including those subjects to be studied at AS and A2. Some individual subjects may also have higher entry requirements, so please ask the admissions teams for further details. Both English and Mathematics must be passed with at least a level 5.
Solihull and the surrounding villages are a fantastic choice for families relocating to the Midlands. We regularly welcome girls whose families are relocating to us from overseas or from elsewhere in the UK. We are experienced at ensuring that there is smooth transfer for these girls, and our current pupils are excellent at helping to settle new girls in to the class. Parents are usually surprised at how quickly their daughters settle in to school!
‘(My daughter) had an excellent start to her first week, although she was very nervous on the first day. I was so please when I collected her and she told me that she was supported well by staff and pupils. At the end of the first week her class teacher asked to briefly see me and gave me an update as to how she had settled in the first few days which was very reassuring. Thank you to all the staff and girls who have helped her settle in really well.’ Year 5 parent, relocated from overseas in September 2017.
If you are relocating from overseas the please note that Saint Martin’s does not have a Tier 4 sponsorship licence, and as such we are not able to sponsor pupils from outside the European Economic Area who will need a Tier 4 child visa. If you are unsure about your daughter’s status then you can find out further information on the UK Visas and Immigration website www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa .
All applicants to Saint Martin’s for whom English is not their first language will be assessed as to whether they require EAL lessons. Normally an additional charge is made for these lessons.