About Us

We passionately believe in developing pupils who ‘Learn for Life’ and equipping them with the skills needed for an increasingly complex and globalised world.

St Martin’s Academy provides wrap around care and extended school days, in order to provide the richest curriculum possible, which focuses not only on academics but the development of the whole child, through our unique ‘beyond curriculum’ focus.

St Martin’s Academy provides a broad and balanced curriculum, which blends academic progress with a wide range of extra curricular and beyond curricular activities.

As the school day is longer than the traditional 9am to 3.30pm timeframe, it allows us to focus on the core subjects and attain high levels of progress whilst providing extensive ‘beyond curriculum’ activities in the arts and sports, enabling children to flourish in these areas too.

The Academy encompasses all that is good in education, offering children many learning experiences beyond the traditional. By learning with a global perspective through the International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Programme, our pupils are exceptionally well equipped as they move on to the next stage of their education.

St Martin’s is a school that caters for the modern family, but does not just pay lip service to the extended day. The Academy is focused on ensuring all children have the opportunity to grow and learn in an environment that is rich, varied and ensures outstanding educational outcomes, regardless of ability or background.

Open from 8am to 6pm, our school works in partnership with children and parents to achieve the best outcome for every child.

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.

    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 About Us section of this website has an Ofsted page with a link to the full report.

    How long is the school day?
  • The school operates a longer school day compared to many state maintained schools. The doors open at 8.30am allowing for a flexible drop off at school during which challenge activities are available in the classrooms for the children to complete. Registers open at 8.50am at which point we like all children to be in the classroom ready to be greeted by the class teacher. First lesson begins at 9am. The school day ends at 4pm.

    Do you have an after school club?
  • St Martin's has wrap around care (WAC) provision before and after school which is available for all children attending St Martin's Academy. Breakfast WAC opens at 7.45am during which time children can have breakfast and take part in games and activities provided by the team. They are taken to their classrooms at 8.30am allowing them to take part in the challenge activities provided by their class teacher. At the end of the school day, WAC operates between 4pm and 6pm. High tea is served from 4pm after which point the children are able to relax after a busy school day. The school only invoices parents for the provision they use but kindly ask families who need to use the provision to make regular bookings to ensure staffing and resources are sufficient. eWAC (extended wrap around care) is available during some school holidays for children attending St Martin's Academy.

    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 www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/admissions 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

    Do you do SATs?
  • All maintained schools regardless of status, free schools or academies, have a Funding Agreement. As part of our Funding Agreement, we are required to take part in all national assessments. This means that we take part in the Phonics Screening Test in Year 1 and the Standardised Assessment Tests/Tasks (SATs) at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.

    How does your curriculum differ?
  • St Martin's Academy teaches to the principles of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program whilst also paying attention to the requirement of the National Curriculum. The curriculum from Year 1 onwards, is planned around six transdisciplinary themes, one per half term, which is a thematic approach to teaching and learning. The IB PYP focuses on developing the 'Learner Profile', ensuring that children are equipped to become independent, life long learners. However, as our learners are assessed against a national benchmark throughout their time at St Martin's, it is also important that we adhere to the requirements of the national curriculum in order to ensure that all learners have the very best chance of success.

    Physical activity is an important element of our curriculum for all children with at least two games sessions, stretch and grow and swimming on the weekly timetable for all learners. Children take part in active session on the school grounds and use local facilities including the University of Chester swimming pool and all weather pitches for sports activities as well as undertaking regular trips offsite to enhance their learning journey.

    What behaviour management system do you use?
  • When children join St Martin's Academy, they become a part of our family of learners. Children are welcomed into school by their Bridgegate buddy and become part of a wider school buddy family. They also become a member of one of our houses; Squirrels, Foxes, Owls and Hedgehogs. The children work to earn points for their house team and celebrate house achievements during house assemblies on a weekly basis. St Martin's uses a conscious discipline approach when working with children who may make the wrong choice throughout the day and support all learners to become reflective in their approach to managing their own behaviour.

    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.