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St Marys College

Cranbrook Avenue, Hull, HU6 7TN

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About us

Our SM6 team provide support and challenge, rewards and opportunities and opportunities to lead and take responsibility. We believe that with hard work and tailored support, all students can achieve their full potential. SM6 is a Catholic college but welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds to benefit from and enjoy our diverse community.

SM6 has been rated as an ‘Outstanding’ sixth form for over ten years and remains consistently the leading post-16 provider in the region. Furthermore, ALPS places the college consistently well inside the top 10% of performers (which is the highest group) for A-Level, Applied General and Technical qualifications. In 2017-18, our average points per entry was 35.19, comfortably the highest average point score in the city for state funded post-16 providers. Furthermore, our value-added score was +0.24, comfortably above all post-16 providers with a statistically significant cohort, not just in Hull, but in the East Riding to too.

Student support

Educational Support

Our pioneering team of Grad Interns are a group of high-achieving recent graduates who provide individual support and guidance both academically and pastorally. We feel being young scholars themselves, they have a greater degree of empathy with our sixth form students. Thus, they are in a perfect position to offer advice on how to balance school work with paid work, extra-curricular interests, and of course, hectic social lives. Our students tell us of the enormous impact on their performance and happiness the team have had.

Financial Support

16 – 19 Bursary Fund 2018-2019 What a bursary is for A bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like: clothing, books and other equipment for your course transport and lunch on days you study or train

Vulnerable Student Bursary You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:

  • you’re in or recently left local authority care you get Income Support or Universal Credit because you’re financially supporting yourself
  • you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit 
  • you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit

You’ll be told what evidence you need, for example benefit letters. Discretionary Bursary Your school or college will have their own criteria for discretionary bursaries. They’ll look at your individual circumstances - this usually includes your family income. Ask the sixth form office about their criteria and any evidence you’ll need. You can apply to a discretionary bursary if either of the following criteria apply to you:

  • if you have a combined family household income below £20,817 
  • if you are entitled to Free School Meals

What makes us different?

There is an outstanding extra-curricular offer at St Mary’s; an offer described by OFSTED as ‘as good as it gets’. For example, we offer a range of exciting opportunities for our students including educational trips and visits, charity work, drama, music, youth leadership, and chaplaincy, to name but a few.

We have also established Academies in both Medical, Health & Social Care and in Sport , which give students the opportunity to access high quality mentoring, work experience, coaching and performance alongside an outstanding educational offer. The programmes are run in conjunction with our partners in the NHS, University of Hull, Hull FC and Hull City AFC and other leading providers in the region.


Students travelling on Hull school buses (940, 955, 956, 957, 958, 959, 960, 961 and 962) can pay on the bus, costing £1.20 per journey or a weekly bus pass can be purchased from the year office for £6. Students who use the College operated buses (SMC 1, 2 and 3) to the East Riding can do so at the weekly cost of £6 (£1.20 per day). This fee is payable half termly in advance. Use of East Riding buses will require a bus pass displaying the students’ photograph; these will be issued by the College.

Students who use Stagecoach public buses can purchase a weekly Mega Rider ticket from the Sixth Form office at the reduced cost of £7.50 per week (£13 RRP). This pass allows 7 days unlimited travel on Stagecoach services and can be used outside school hours. For terms and conditions please see Prices may be subject to change, please check for current information.

Additional information

Post 16 Academies of Sport

St Mary's College has an outstanding reputation for sporting excellence locally, regionally and nationally. Our established sports academy offers students a unique opportunity to pursue their sporting aspirations combined with an "outstanding" education. The SM6 Academy of Sport currently provides opportunities in Football, Rugby League, Netball, Table Tennis, Badminton, and Coaching, however a variety of other sports are catered for on a bespoke level.

We are also proud to continue our partnerships with the Hull City Tigers Trust and Hull FC, working side-by-side to enhance our Football and Rugby league provision. This partnership allows us to host a lead coach from Hull City and Hull FC, to direct the Football and Rugby League academies respectively. These coaches work full-time at the St Mary’s College site, providing all year round support to our aspiring athletes.

MHSC Academy

It is a 2-year training, development and enrichment programme that runs alongside your sixth form studies and is delivered in partnership with the Hull Clinical Commission Group, local NHS providers of health care and social care as well as higher education providers such as Hull University and Hull and York Medical School. It has been established to ensure that our students are successful when applying for the next step towards any career in health or social care, and in some cases, it may even lead directly to a job. With this initiative, we aim to increase the NHS & Social Care workforce, particularly in the local area.


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