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Cedars Martin Sixth Form College

The Cedars Academy, Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 4GH

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About us

A very warm welcome to the Cedars Martin Sixth Form. Our vision for 'Academic Excellence and Holistic Development'  means we are ambitious and aspirational for our students and staff, and fiercely committed to equality of opportunity. We expect students to strive for academic success, aiming for top performing universities and to go above and beyond to realise their full potential.

Student support

The Cedars Martin sixth form is committed to the holistic development of every student. Both The Cedars Academy and Martin High School have a small school ethos, where personalised learning and pastoral care is at the heart of the school. This continues to be the ethos within the sixth form. Our student support team also build strong links with the student's home, ensuring that there is support and understanding from all involved in their A level journey.

The Post 16 team along with our specialist Student Managers are available throughout the day to provide students with access to information and advice on a wide range of issues. Our team of Student Managers are friendly and experienced and can help you with any pastoral support you may require. The Post 16 team will guide you through the process of applying to university or an apprenticeship and offer in depth support with course searches, personal statements and interview techniques. We are also committed to helping you find relevant work experience placements to aid your holistic development.

What makes us different?

Students in sixth form, can expect to be taught by expert teachers in small groups where they will be supported and challenged to make rapid progress and meet exacting high standards. Students have excellent resources and facilities across two sites including the Palmer-Tomkinson centre which is our Post 16 hub. By knowing each student; Cedars Martin Sixth Form works to instil confidence so that students make the most of their higher educational journey; by giving access to a variety of enrichment activities and always having someone to listen to when the pressure is on. It is this level of care that we pride ourselves on and in working together across the two schools we know the students will receive the very best in pastoral care.


Cedars Martin Sixth Form is split across two sites. The Cedars Academy in Birstall and Martin High School in Anstey. Our own sixth form mini bus provides the transport for the short journey between the two sites. For more information please contact the school directly.

Additional information

General Entry Requirements

5 grade 4s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 4 in English Language or Literature. Please see specific entry requirements for individual subjects.  

All students will be expected to resit GCSE Mathematics and/or English Language if they have not achieved at least a grade 4. 

Leicestershire Sixth Form Bursary Scheme 

The Government introduced a Post-16 Bursary Scheme to enable schools and colleges to provide some financial support where a student’s financial circumstances are a barrier to their learning. Cedars Martin Sixth Form has joined together with other sixth forms in Leicestershire to provide the Leicestershire Sixth Form Bursary Scheme. We plan to offer our 16-19 bursary again in 2020 (subject to confirmation of funding). This help is available to students who want to study at Cedars Martin.  A guaranteed bursary is available to young people who are: 

• Young people in care and care leavers

• Young people in receipt of income support

• Young people on free school meals

• Disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. 

Further information on the 16-19 bursary is available through the admissions process.

Post 16 International Community Project - Ghana

We offer an international opportunity for students to work in our partner school in Ghana. This invaluable life changing expedition provides students with the chance to develop as inspirational young leaders and to inform their choices beyond Post-16. 

The build-up phase and expedition enables students to develop valuable life skills as they serve our partner school through charity work, project management and the promotion of literacy. Local Ghanaian people believe that learning is key to overcoming poverty and our students will be vital in realising this vision. 

Students also become part of the local community where they will be able to share knowledge of language, culture, religion, music, family values and local cuisine. Students also experience highlights such as a sun-rise safari. 


I was completely new to Cedars Martin in Year 12, so I was a bit nervous when I started. However, I found I made friends really easily, and the community and staff were really caring and supportive. I especially enjoyed my Sociology classes, and I’m now aiming to pursue a degree in Sociology and Criminology. The encouragement from my peers has given me the confidence to pursue my dream! We get a great balance of support and independence here and teachers are supportive of your ambitions. I know that at Cedars Martin I’m on the right path to achieving my goals.


I’ve been at Cedars since Year 7, so I felt very comfortable and excited to start Sixth Form here at Cedars Martin. The facilities are really modern and we have a large outdoor space so it’s a great environment to come into every day. The communication I have with my teachers is brilliant – I know if I have a question or problem, I can approach them directly and they’ll always find the time to help me. The support network at Cedars Martin is fantastic and the support team are personable, friendly and caring. I’m not sure what my next steps will be, but I know that my time at Cedars Martin will prepare me well for any route I wish to take. 


I was new to Year 12, but had friends who already attended Cedars Martin so I was really excited about joining them. I absolutely love the independence you get here, I’m able to develop my own ideas and projects and come back to my teachers if I need any support with them. History’s my favourite lesson and I hope to study it at University. There is also a range of extra-curricular activities to get involved in. These activities, such as student council and DofE, are a great way to make friends and build on my personal statement in Year 13. I’ve got great relationships with my teachers and peers and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. 


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