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EMS Live! returned for 2022 and had one of the biggest line ups we’ve ever had, creating a fantastic evening of music for a packed St. Anne’s Hall.

It was wonderful to invite an audience to enjoy a running order of songs from students from most year groups which contained a plethora of styles and genre’s.

Songs from Musicals, Folk, Pop, Country, Rock – everything was covered.  The staff got involved too with Mr Hope, Mr McCartie, Mrs Snowball and Mrs Harrington all having a stint on the St. Anne’s stage.

All in all, everyone had a great evening, watching and supporting our talented students – Thank you all for coming, we and the students really appreciate it.

There’s a load of pictures in the Gallery 

We already can’t wait for the next one!

Dear Parent/ Carer

As we approach the summer holiday, I would like to thank you for your support for your children and for the school this year. Especially for the recent disruption due to the weather.

Students have shown enormous resilience and self-belief. They have embraced school life with enthusiasm and confidence. Many have taken part in enrichment opportunities, clubs, trips and competitions to further develop their skills and learning.

Thank you for encouraging their participation and for investing your time at parents’ evenings, information evenings, performances, and celebrations. This is very much appreciated and brings many benefits for our children.

A few reminders for the new academic Year 2022-23:

Students return on Tuesday 6th September and a reminder that new times for the school day are 8.45am – 3.15pm.

Our new school year will begin with assemblies for every year group where we will share our high expectations in relation to attendance, behaviour and learning. We are ambitious for our students and want them to achieve their full potential.

We know that the purchasing of uniform and equipment in preparation for September happens now so please refer to this reminder around our standards in relation to uniform: https://ems.bhcet.org.uk/uniform/

We will continue to send updates via the app over the summer and communicate any information on our website. If you need help downloading the app please follow this link: https://ems.bhcet.org.uk/school-app/

If you change your phone number or address, please do let us know so that you can be kept up to date with any messages.

We are a cashless school, and any payments (lunches/ trips etc) need to be made on Parent Pay. To access this please follow this link https://www.parentpay.com/

You can find information on our website that outlines: the curriculum, behaviour expectations and school rules, uniform, Parent Pay etc. However, if you need more support, please do contact the school office which will be open regularly throughout the summer.

I would like to wish you a safe and happy summer.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Crawshaw



We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all to The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College next week for our Year 6 Transition Programme. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned. We would just like to remind you of the following information:

  • Students are to arrive at EMS no earlier than 8:30am. Staff will be at the school entrance each day to welcome your child into school.
  • Our St Anne’s car park will have a reserved section for parents to collect their child. School will finish at 3:00pm for parental collection. Staff will be at the school collection point to help students get home safely.  
  • Due to the weather conditions predicted for next week, all students may wear their primary school PE kit for the duration of their time with us (Monday to Thursday). Students should also bring water / water bottle, sun cream and a hat.
  • Students will be provided with their lunch while they are with us. However, if your child would like to bring in a packed lunch this is also fine. Please can we remind parents/carers that we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL and students must not pack any foods containing nuts. 
  • Students will need basic school equipment: pen/pencil/ruler.

Mr Hutchinson will be available to answer any queries before Monday should you have them. Please email: transition@ems.bhcet.org.uk.

Category : Geography , News

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On Tuesday 5th July, 15 our year 9 Geography and Physics enthusiasts were selected to visit The Gaia exhibition in Hartlepool. This visit was part of our schools’ rewards system for students showing exceptional commitment and achievement in their studies.

Gaia is a magnificent model of planet Earth by internationally renowned visual artist Luke Jerram. The world-class attraction is housed in the Town Hall as part of the annual Waterfront Festival. It gives visitors the chance to gaze upon the Earth as if from space. The installation, measuring around 21ft in diameter, uses detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface to provide a distinctive opportunity to view our planet floating in three dimensions.

Pupils were able to experience a 30-minute sound composition containing excerpts from NASA interview recordings with astronauts about how they felt when they first saw the earth from space. The year 9 students were also able to complete several self-led educational activities.

This unique artwork gave students the opportunity to experience the fragility of our planet in a new light. Common features of the experience for astronauts were a feeling of awe for the planet, profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. As sustainability features heavily in our KS3 Geography curriculum, we hope students got a sense of this too!

Dear Parent/Carers of Year 10,

I would like to make you aware of our up and coming Y10 Careers events and activities.  These have been arranged to support your child’s careers research, planning and preparations.

Access to impartial careers information, direct knowledge of the different pathways, options and access to employers are an essential part of research.  As a result, we have arranged the following activities and events:

All students have been given a copy of the Tees Valley ‘Stay Local Go Far’ careers booklet.

All students are requested to complete a careers questionnaire.

FRIDAY 8th July                                             
College Experience Day

This day allows students to experience what a college environment is like.  The differences on how the subjects are delivered and the facilities available.  Students are NOT expected to wear school uniform for this day. 

Week commencing 20th June                   
Virtual Work Experience

During Virtues students will learn about the value of work experience and complete virtual work experience, developed by the Youth Employment social enterprise organisation.

Week commencing 18th July                     
CV Builder

During tutor time students will learn how to create a CV and its use and importance when applying for jobs and apprenticeship.

MONDAY 18th July                                     
Employers Fair         

Students meet a variety of different employers from different sectors. They find out more about the sector, careers and entry routes into those careers, and have the opportunity to ask questions and make business contacts with the employers.

TUESDAY 19th July                                        
Individual Mock Interview with a Business Ambassador

Students get to see what an interview is like, how to act and how to answer interview questions thoroughly and concisely.  The interviews take place in our 6th form offices and we have waiting rooms and a receptionist to greet students to keep the experience as authentic as possible.  This supportive experience allows students to practice their answers and interview techniques.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Ms Liddell
Head of Careers and Work-Related Learning


Dear Parent and Carer,

As part of the schools ongoing commitment to raising achievement and attainment, we are undertaking an annual review of pupil exemption and access lists. This includes time out passes, medical passes and SEND access passes.

Some of these passes are issued as a temporary support and may now not be needed. As of Monday 27th June, we will be reissuing new nonmedical passes to pupils who currently require them and removing passes that are no longer valid.

As part of the process to ensure we are identifying and supporting pupils with additional medical needs and toilet access adjustments we require parents / carers to kindly supply medical evidence of their child’s condition.

The school will be issuing new medical passes in September for those pupils who meet the criteria and require additional medical support.

I would like to take the opportunity in advance to thank you for your understanding and cooperation with the matter above.

If you need to discuss or update us of any aspect of your child’s need, please contact Mrs A. White (SENDCO) or Mr A. Gray (Assistant Headteacher).


Mrs S. Crawshaw

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we approach the final weeks of school, we would like to thank you for your support this year and to mark some of the extraordinary achievements this year.

Our children achieve fantastic things every day. Students are encouraged to be compassionate and just, act with confidence and resilience and to behave with honesty and self- belief, showing respect and responsibility.

Thank you to your children who have modelled these virtues and show ambition for themselves and celebrate the success of others.

We know that there can sometimes be a lot of things to remember for parents and students and we are making some further improvements ahead of  September. Below are some links to documents that you will find useful. Some are updates whilst others are reminders for your convenience.

We communicate regularly with you using the school app. Please make sure you have downloaded it so that any updates reach you without delay. If you need help with downloading the app a user guide can be found here

We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Crawshaw – Headteacher
Mr Lindsay – Director of Pastoral Care


Sustainability is core to the Geography curriculum at EMS and a key building block of our learning. So far in year 8 we have enjoyed exploring global biomes and we have all taken a keen interest in the Ocean Biome in particular – probably because we have grown up living on the coast! On Tuesday 14th of June we were lucky enough to be chosen for a school visit from the global charity OceanHero. OceanHero is a new search engine with a mission to fight the ocean plastic crisis by raising funds for initiatives that actively recover ocean-bound plastic. For every five searches you perform on OceanHero, you help to recover one ocean-bound plastic bottle. This is done through our partnerships with Plastic Bank, Waste Free Oceans, and Trash Waste Solutions, whose plastic recovery process provides life-sustaining jobs for people living in extreme poverty.

Harrie Kerley, the head of Education and Community Outreach, stopped over on his cycling tour circling the United Kingdom, crossing over from East Africa on his bike. He delivered the magic of ocean ecosystems to all year 8 students in his wonderful presentation and interactive discussion with students. He talked to students about the plight of plastic in our oceans, what we could do to help and future careers in marine biology and conservation. OceanHero is a charity that see education as one of the most powerful tools we have in changing the attitudes, behaviours, and eventually the laws that will lead to the global conservation of our oceans and the future sustainability of the ecosystems, wildlife and human communities that depend on it. This year alone, EMS have taken part in a local beach clean and have made great steps towards a ‘plastic free’ school.  Students wrote messages on Harrie’s bike to continue their support on his journey around the country.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Harrie today for taking the take the time to visit us and share his work. Harrie left us, cycling 40miles north to Whitburn school, for his next visit! If you would like to know more or watch some of the work that Harrie and OceanHero have been doing please follow he links below.


EMS6 Transition Days – Monday 4th July and Tuesday 5th July 2022

We would like to invite any Year 11 student to the EMS6 Transition events which will take place over a number of days in July.

On Monday 4 July we look forward to welcoming you into college 8.40am where you will take part in a number of subject taster sessions. In preparation for the day, we would like to prepare a personalised timetable for you. Please complete the form on the link below by Monday 20th June to enable us to organise this. There are 8 option blocks on the form but please do not feel that you need to choose a subject from each block– you can choose only those subjects which you feel you are interested in / would like to experience.


The day will cover:

  • A general introduction to the sixth form
  • Subject sessions led by sixth form specialists and the opportunity to ask questions
  • An opportunity to discuss your subject choices with staff to ensure that you are guided onto the courses most appropriate to your needs
  • The chance to speak to current and past sixth form students
  • A drop-in session with specialist careers staff

The following day we are holding a series of workshops that will help you to develop valuable life skills that will compliment your studies and will give you a flavour of the enrichment courses that we offer. You will also listen to election speeches from our aspiring head students and be able to vote for your preferred candidates – this is an excellent opportunity to help you shape the future of EMS6. We will finish the day with a BBQ where you will be able to meet current year 12 students and key staff.

We very much look forward to meeting you on the transition days which will help you to make an informed choice for September.

If for some reason you cannot attend the transition events but do still intend on coming to the college in September, please let us know by emailing bscaife@ems.bhcet.org.uk.

We look forward to meeting with you on Monday 4th July 2022.

Dear Parent and Carer,

Our school values the relationship that there is between home and school.

We take any parental concerns very seriously and are pleased that the vast majority are resolved by communicating with the school. We work with all agencies including the police, local authority and social care to ensure the safety and welfare of all of our children.

Recent social media posts lead me to write to all parents. Social Media sites such as Facebook, Tik Tok and Twitter have become a forum for some inaccurate and increasingly malicious communication. 

We would therefore like to remind you that using Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites is not the correct forum to raise any issues or concerns about the school, staff, other parents or students. Any negative remarks on these sites can be seen as defamation of character, harassment or slander. This means that you could be prosecuted by the police.

Current laws such as the 1988 Malicious Communications Act, 1997 Protection from Harassment Act and 2003 Communications Act can be used to protect individuals from malicious and threatening posts made on the internet. The victims might also choose to bring civil actions for defamation or slander. All necessary action will be taken to deal with any material posted on such sites that is in our opinion distressing, alarming or harassing or in any way breaches the rights of the members of our school community.

May we also take this opportunity to remind you that it is not acceptable to upload photographs or video clips of your child taken at school which include other children onto social networking sites without the permission of the parents. We all have a responsibility to safeguard children.

We hope that you understand and appreciate our position on such matters and that you will support us by removing any comments of this kind and follow the guidance we have set out. We are looking to maintain the strong relationship that we have with parents and wish to work with you on this issue.

Great things happen here every day; we must all work together with dignity, faith, renewed compassion and energy so that our children can achieve and succeed in the present and future on merit and in social justice.

Yours in education

Nicholas Lindsay
Director of Pastoral Care & Designated Safeguarding Lead