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We have great pleasure in announcing that The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College are once again hoping to run our annual ski trip to Austria departing Saturday, 16th April 2022 and returning Saturday, 23rd April 2022.

This is on the proviso that all current travel and Covid restrictions have been lifted.

We are only able to offer this trip to students who will be in Years 7-10, and Year 12 next year due to the importance of exams and revision for Year 11 and 13.

The cost of the trip is provisionally £859, paid on a monthly basis. This price includes:

      • 5 days skiing with 5 hours of instruction
      • 8 day coach hire and return ferry crossing, Dover-Calais
      • 5 nights’ accommodation, bed, breakfast and evening meal
      • Hot lunch voucher for each day skiing
      • 5 day lift pass
      • 5 days hire of ski equipment and helmet (clothing not included)
      • Fully comprehensive insurance
      • Personalized ‘hoodie’ as a memento of the trip
      • Evening entertainment entrance fees
      • Full 24 hour resort representation through IBT Travel

Additional costs may include:

      • Hiring of a jacket and salopettes, if required, approximately £50 from Sayers of Yarm
      • Any extra drinks you may purchase during the day
      • An up to date passport

At present we are assessing interest in the trip and whether there would be sufficient students for the trip to be viable.

If this trip sounds like something you would be interested in, please can you complete the following form. Click Here for Form.

Completion of this form does not guarantee you a place on the trip, nor does it commit you to the trip.

Should you require any further information please contact Mr East or Mr Cooksey by email.

Mr M. East
meast@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Mr J. Cooksey
jcooksey@ems.bhcet.org.uk


Category : House Teams , News

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On Wednesday 9th June 2021, it was pots and pans at the ready as our House Leaders organised a Masterchef competition.. The rules of the competition were simple and quite challenging!

"Create a two-course menu for two people with a budget of £5 with just 75 minutes to prepare, cook and serve the menu to our hungry judges. Only one team per house was allowed to enter the competition and each team was to be comprised of two year seven students and one member of staff.  Receipts had to be submitted before the cooking began" Let's Cook!

St. Anne Line, whose team was made up of Mrs Blaylock from the RE Department and students Dylan Weldon and Taylor Considine, produced a starter of Crispy Cajun Potato Wedges with a Sour Cream and Chive Dip. For main course, they served up a classic Spaghetti Bolognese.  Our judging panel, we'll tell you about them later, really enjoyed the dishes, however, would have liked a little more seasoning and a slice or two of garlic bread.

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House Masterchef 2021 (46)

Poppy Paylor and Jenny Picken drafted in the expertise of technology teacher Miss Sanderson to try and win it for St. Margaret Clitherow. Their main course of Mixed Herb Chicken on a Bed of Creamy Mash with Asparagus, Creamy Mustard Sauce and Balsamic Glaze sure looked tasty.  This was followed by an Eton Mess with a Twist for dessert.  Our judges loved the main course, however, were left in a bit of a spin with the pudding and wouldn't preferred a classic version.

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House Masterchef 2021 (48)

Mrs Phenix-Norman teamed up with Christy Howe and Finley McGeorge to represent St. John Boste and try and please our picky judges. They offered up a Quorn Creamy Chicken Pie with Puff Pastry Top.  Twice cooked Chips, Buttered Spring Greens with a jug of Chicken Gravy.  For dessert, a Dark Chocolate Mousse, Caramelised Apple Tarte Tatin with Double Cream. Our judges loved the pie with the salty greens and the smooth mousse, but did they love it enough to win? We'll see!

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House Masterchef 2021 (41)

Blessed John Ingram needed a solid menu to try and scrape some points back in the league table.  Mrs Stirk donned an apron to support Izzy Atkinson and Layla Gibson. They cooked up a Five Spiced Paprika Chicken with a Feta, Tomato, Sweetcorn & Spring Onion stuffed Jacket Potato.  This was accompanied with a Oreo Mug Cake with Cream and Marshmallows. The judges thought the chicken 'was amazing' and the dessert was 'moreish', however, the jacket was a little hard. Sounds to me like they just needs a sharper knife.

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House Masterchef 2021 (37)

St. Thomas More, our house points leaders, were ready to cook up a storm and keep that lead at the top. Mrs Bell teamed up with Tilly Denning and Saffron Lee to serve up Chicken & Chorizo skewers with Mediterranean Vegetables. For dessert, a classic Eton Mess made with Summer Berries. The judges thought the main needed a sauce, however, the Eton Mess was just what they wanted.

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Our judging panel comprised of Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Hogarth.  Mrs Carr, who manages the cleaning team and Year 10 Pastoral Manager, Mrs Williamson. After they had worked their way around the meals, they adjourned to make their decision while the students waited in anticipation and Mr Corcoran finished eating John Ingrams's leftover marshmallows.

The judges praised all the students and gave feedback before delivering the result.

Fifth place was awarded to Anne Line with Margaret Clitherow coming fourth. Next came Thomas More, the classic Eton Mess not enough to get the sway the judges for a higher finish. Blessed John Ingram to come second with the team from John Boste taking the maximum points in first place.

All the students and staff did an amazing job and there was a lot of laughter and fun along the way.  Well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

There are more pictures in the Gallery


Category : House Teams , News

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We are thrilled to introduce our newly appointed House & Sports Captains for 2021-22.

House and Sports Captains represent the student voice of their houses and are also required to attend and support events in school.

All Year 10 students were given the opportunity to apply for the roles and then interviewed for the positions by House Leaders, Mrs Chapman & Mrs Williamson.

The staff were blown away with the professionalism and passion that the students put into their applications and interviews. All of the students performed exceptionally.  It was a tough decision, however, the students occupying the roles are on the slides below.

Congratulations to them all.


Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to invite you to attend our Year 8 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 24th June 2021, 16:00pm – 18:30pm

The school has introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. We are confident this will be an improvement to the previous system and welcome any feedback.

Appointment booking is now open and will close on Thursday 24th June at 1pm. Should you wish to make any changes after this date please contact the school office.  Teacher slots are limited so we advise booking early.

Please visit https://englishmartyrs.schoolcloud.co.uk/  This is the portal to book and attend your appointments.  A handy guide of how the system works can be found here. 

When logging on, you must ensure that the details you input match those which we have on file for you and your child. We sent this information with the letter welcoming you to the My Ed App.

This evening will give you an opportunity to speak with staff about individual student progress in their lessons and strategies that students can use to improve further.

Science: To maximise the amount of slots for available, most of you will only be able to book an appointment for Physics.  The teacher you speak to will chat to you about Biology & Chemistry also.

Finally, just a reminder that our Careers Team are always available to offer advice and guidance. They can be contacted on: ems-careers@ems.bhcet.org.uk  and I am always available throughout the year via email fhall@ems.bhcet.org.uk or by calling school 01429 273790 ext 104

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hall
Pastoral Manager for Year 8


Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you received our first letter in April 2021 and thank-you to those parents who have been in touch about specific questions regarding your son/daughter. Our Pastoral Team have undertaken several enhanced transition visits for some students and our liaison and visits to primary schools is gathering pace. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions before July.

The main reason for this letter is to let you know that PHE (Public Health England) have given us the green light to run two days of transition. The days however have been changed and the new confirmed dates are:

Key Dates

Thursday, 1st July – Year 7 Induction Parents’ Evening – 6:00pm (this may be remote depending on Covid guidance)

Thursday 8th July & Friday 9th July– Year 7 Induction Days – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Monday 6th September 2021 – First Day of Autumn Term 2021

For the transition day starting 8th July 2021, students who attend our Catholic feeder primaries will be collected from their primary school in the morning and transported to English Martyrs.  Buses will return them to their primary schools to enable you to collect them at the usual time. This will be dependent on Covid guidance so we will update you and schools nearer the time if buses will be an issue. 

Students who attend non-feeder schools should be brought to English Martyrs Reception (main Sixth Form building) for 10am each day (but not earlier than 9:45am please) and collected from the same place at 2:00pm. Again, these arrangements may be updated nearer the time in line with Covid-19 guidance.

All students can attend in their normal Primary School uniform or if easier, their school PE kit. The students will take part in some PE type activities so trainers would be better.  Lunch will be provided, but if your child has any particular dietary needs/allergies etc., please let us know.

With regards to the Parents Evening on Thursday, 1st July; it is really important that someone attends for your child.  Students should not attend this meeting as it will be difficult to accommodate all parents and children in the Main Hall.  This is an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and other key staff and we will be sharing important information and asking you to complete key documentation. Again, if we are advised not to meet in person then we will record and share presentations. Hopefully by July, it will be safe to meet in person.

In the coming weeks students will be placed into Houses and Tutor Groups.  We will share this information with you at the start of July. Please don’t worry about anything. We are very experienced in this process and know how much of a big event it is. Most, if not all of the Pastoral Team are parents as well as educators so can empathise with you!

School uniform is available from Trutex.  More information can be found on the parent area of our school website (https://ems.bhcet.org.uk/uniform/). All orders are made online or via telephone and Trutex normally give us brochures to give to you in our welcome pack in July. We have been advised that final dates for orders will be Monday 2nd August if they are to be ready for the September start of term.

Full attendance in school is vital, so please do not book holidays without checking term times.  The term dates are also available on the school website.

Your son/daughter enters The English Martyrs School at an exciting time.  They will be one of the first Year Groups to benefit from our new state-of-the-art school.  The School is striving for excellence in all areas and with your support your child will play a key role in shaping the School’s future.  Our school year on year has more students gain 5 GCSEs at the higher-grade pass (including English and Maths) than any other school in the area and we are consistently above the national average. Our Sixth Form has a 100% pass rate in more than 25 subjects.  Our last Section 48 inspection deemed the School to be “Good”, with many outstanding features. Our recent Section 8 Ofsted Inspection also reflected the positive strides the school is making and in dealing with challenges of the recent pandemic.  It is an exciting time for our School and we are thrilled that you have chosen to be a part of it.

We are running a Summer School from Monday 19th July – Friday 23rd July. In recent years, this has been a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by our students, and parents too. It is an excellent opportunity for students to gain further insight into the excellent subjects and facilities our school offers. They can build upon friendships made during the transition days in school and meet new staff. 

If you wish to express an interest in your child attending the Summer School, please email kspears@ems.bhcet.org.uk by 25th June 2021. Further arrangements will be communicated to you nearer the time. 

Once again, a warm welcome to you and please do not hesitate to contact us at the school if you wish to discuss any aspect of your son/daughter’s education.  We wish them all the very best in their final months in their primary school. 

Yours faithfully

Paul Dickson – Deputy Headteacher : pdickson@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Sue Irvine –  SENDco: sirvine@ems.bhcet.org.uk


Dear Parents/Carers

As we approach the half-term break, I would like to thank you for your continued support for and partnership with our school community.

As the lifting of lockdown continues, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few important messages to keep our school community safe.

Lateral Flow Tests
Students and staff should continue to test themselves twice over the half-term break. All students should have enough LFT kits to last them. Results should continue to be logged on the NHS Test and Trace website.

COVID 19 Symptoms
If your child develops symptoms then you should arrange a PCR test. Positive results need to be reported to the school via email (admin@ems.bhcet.org.uk) up to and including Tuesday 1st June. This is to enable us to identify and contact any other students to advise them of the need to self-isolate. Your child would also need to self-isolate for 10 days; along with any family members who have had close contact with them.

We are striving to get students back into the routines of school life after two lengthy periods of lockdown. In the remaining six weeks of this academic year, we will be having a big push on standards – ensuring that our students are always striving to be the best that they can be.

I would like to remind you of the following elements of our uniform policy (full details are available on our website):

Uniform
Black Skirt (A-line, flared or pleated of a knee length) to be worn with plain opaque black tights. Skirts with front or side splits must not be worn
We insist that all students wear formal plain black shoes.

Bags
Students must have a bag suitable for bringing planners, books and other basic equipment(pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, all books for the day’s lessons, PE kit when required) to the academy each day.

Hairstyles
Hairstyles are expected to be reasonable with no obvious artificial colouring. Hairstyles incorporating shapes/patterns are not acceptable. Any student attending with an unacceptable hairstyle will be unable to access lessons in the normal way until this has been attended to. This action is to save the student involved from possible humiliation and embarrassment and to maintain high standards. Similar action will be taken with regards to shaved eyebrows, body piercing and tattoos. Boys must be clean-shaven unless for reasons of religious observance.

Jewellery
Apart from the items below, the wearing of jewellery is not allowed:

Students may wear a wristwatch and one small stud in each ear lobe.

There is a risk of accidental injury from wearing jewellery in the academy and we cannot take responsibility for loss or damage to items of jewellery.

Make-Up
The wearing of make-up, nail varnish false eyelashes and false nails is not allowed.

School resumes at 08:45 on Monday 7th June and we close for the summer break at 15:00 on Friday 16th July.

With every good wish

Stephen Hammond
Headteacher


Dear Parents/Carers

I hope this letter finds you safe and well.

The vast majority of assessments are now finished. All will have been completed by lunchtime on Friday 28th May. Can I congratulate our students on the way in which they have applied themselves to this prolonged period of assessment. Thank you too, for the support and encouragement you have given them along the way.

Here is a link to the Ofqual document: ‘Student guide to awarding 2021’ 

The first section of this document outlines all of the key information that students and parents need to know about the awarding of grades this summer and where you can gain further information.

Friday 28th May will be the last day that we expect our Year 13 students to be in school as a full year group until Friday 2nd July when they will have a leavers liturgy followed by a celebration. Some students (for example some who are studying iMedia) may be asked to come in by their teachers and they must be responsive to this.

We have arranged for some treats to be distributed to them during their lunch break on Friday.

A level results day is Tuesday 10th August 2021. We look forward to welcoming our fantastic young people then – and hopefully celebrate their successes.

With every good wish

Stephen Hammond
Headteacher


Dear Parents/Carers

I hope this letter finds you safe and well.

The vast majority of assessments are now completed. All will have been completed by lunchtime on Friday 28th May. Can I congratulate our students on the way in which they have applied themselves to this prolonged period of assessment. Thank you too, for the support and encouragement you have given them along the way.

Here is a link to the Ofqual document: ‘Student guide to awarding 2021’ 

The first section of this document outlines all of the key information that students and parents need to know about the awarding of grades this summer and where you can gain further information.

Friday 28th May will be the last day that we expect our Year 11 students to be in school as a full year group.

Many of them have Science assessments during periods 1 and 2. We have arranged for small treats to be distributed during period 3 and we will finish the day together with a ‘leavers liturgy’ from 14:30-15:00.

One of the traditions for school leavers is to have their school shirt signed by their peers and teachers. There will be plenty of opportunity for this – but we have asked that students bring a shirt in their bag for this purpose; not to use the one they are wearing.

After half term, activities will be available on our Microsoft Teams platform. This will include resources to prepare students for the world of work and bridging units in subject areas that we offer at A Level. We would encourage all students to make use of these resources.

GCSE results day is Thursday 12th August 2021. We look forward to welcoming our fantastic young people then – and hopefully celebrate their successes.

With every good wish

Stephen Hammond
Headteacher


NCS Audience with Parents/Guardians

You are invited to a zoom session aimed at parents/guardians of Year 11 and 12 students NOT yet signed up to NCS Summer 2021.

We would usually have had the opportunity to meet with several of you at parent’s evenings and events at the school – since this hasn’t been possible, we would love to give you the chance to hear all about NCS in this online forum. You will learn how to get your teen signed up to the programme and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

NCS is a summer programme for young people aged 15 to 17. It is a government funded initiative available nationally. NCS is a great experience for young people, intended to build confidence, promote independency and provide a fun and safe environment for young people to develop their skills. Previous participants have commented that they have made friends for life and felt that they had gained experience to help them transition into further education or the world of work. To learn more, please join us for our online event which will take place on MONDAY 24TH MAY 2021 @ 5.30PM. Please follow the link below at the time of the event. The event will last approximately 40 minutes.

The Tees Valley NCS team are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Parents info session

Time: May 24, 2021 05:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84996726972?pwd=WlZLaCtyaHlkS0VrVUxlZEM1bFZzUT09

Meeting ID: 849 9672 6972
Passcode: 5FmveF


Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to invite you to attend our Year 10 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 10th June 2021, 16:00pm – 18:30pm

The school has introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. We are confident this will be an improvement to the previous system and welcome any feedback.

Appointment booking is now open and will close on Thursday 10th June at 1pm. Should you wish to make any changes after this date please contact the school office.  Teacher slots are limited so we advise booking early.

Please visit https://englishmartyrs.schoolcloud.co.uk/  This is the portal to book and attend your appointments.  A handy guide of how the system works can be found here. 

When logging on, you must ensure that the details you input match those which we have on file for you and your child. We sent this information with the letter welcoming you to the My Ed App.

This evening will give you an opportunity to speak with staff about individual student progress in their lessons and strategies that students can use to improve further.

Science: To maximise the amount of slots for available, most of you will only be able to book an appointment for Physics.  The teacher you speak to will chat to you about Biology & Chemistry also.

Finally, just a reminder that our Careers Team are always available to offer advice and guidance. They can be contacted on: ems-careers@ems.bhcet.org.uk  and I am always available throughout the year via email twilliamson@ems.bhcet.org.uk or by calling school 01429 273790 ext 102

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Williamson
Pastoral Manager for Year 10