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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

Mr J. Cooksey

Dear Year 13,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you to tell you that our plans to celebrate you leaving can now no longer go ahead due to the extended restrictions. We proposed these plans in good faith and are beyond disappointed that we are having to communicate their cancellation to you in this way.
In terms of the liturgy, because you would be coming into school and this would be governed by the rules for communal worship, the guidance dictates that we would have to insist on social distancing and would only be able to be in groups of 6 in a venue large enough to ensure this, which just isn’t possible. We feel that this, along with the fact we couldn’t sing or interact in the normal way, really deflects from the whole point of the day – which is to come together in celebration and fun.
To add to this disappointment, we are unable to go ahead with our booking at the Staincliffe or even a celebration in college for similar reasons (social distancing, limits to numbers, no music / singing).
I cannot begin to tell you how sad the Sixth Form Team and the rest of the staff are about this – many of whom had planned to join us at the celebration. We wanted to give you the send- off you deserved and feel as frustrated as you will that Covid has prevented yet another important event in your journey with us from going ahead.
We are asking that you to continue to send your contributions / photos for the Yearbook which we want to give to you as a gift / free of charge when you come to collect your results in the summer. We will also be sending you a small token to mark how proud we are of each and every one of you, your efforts and your hard work during these unprecedented times. You will always be a very special year group and one we will hold close to our hearts forever.
I look forward to seeing you on results day and we will communicate information about this with you in due course.
With every best wish,
Mrs Hogarth and the Sixth Form Team

Category : House Teams , News



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.

House Masterchef 2021 (45)
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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House Masterchef 2021 (56)

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


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 Parent/Carer

The new AQA A Level specification requirements are that all students will spend 4 days in the field collecting data to complete their NEA project. The Geography Fieldwork Investigation, also known as the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA), is an Independent Investigation, worth 20% of the A-level.

Students will complete the first two fieldwork ‘taster days’ on Thursday 8th July and Friday 9th July. The Human Fieldwork will take place in Durham and the Physical fieldwork will take place at Coatham Sands sand dunes, near Redcar. Students will be transported in the school minibus.

We will be leaving school at 9am on both days and will return for 3pm. Students will be working outdoors and must be dressed appropriately for potential inclement weather. Students will certainly require a packed lunch for the sand dune fieldwork day as there will not be anywhere to purchase food. Plenty of drinks must be carried by students. Students must ensure that they carry all personal medications on their person – inhalers for example. Decisions about which location will be visited on which day will be decided by the weather forecast

Students must take this fieldwork experience very seriously as their final result depends on the quality learning taking place on these two days.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.
Mrs A Martindale
Head of Geography.

Dear Parent/Carer

Shortly we intend to take all Year 10 GCSE Geography students on a field visit to collect information for their Paper 3 exam in June 2022. The Geographical Application section of the exam contributes 30% of the total marks for the Geography GCSE. Class teachers will advise students which day their class will be going on the trip.

The dates for the visits:
Tuesday 29th June Mr Nicholson 10D/G1 & Mrs Martindale 10D/G2
Wednesday 30th June Mr Spoors 10C/G1 & Mr Frettsome 10C/G2
Thursday 1st July Mr Spoors 10A/G1 & Mr Nicholson 10B/G1

The visit is compulsory for all GCSE Geography students and will be to the coast at Seaham. The aim of the visit is to investigate both human and physical aspects of Geography in the field. Your son/daughter will also be able to develop skills such as field-sketching and data collection.

The coach will depart from school at approximately 9.15am and return before 3.00 pm. Students must wear clothing and footwear suitable for outdoor activities and the possibility of inclement weather. Wellington boots are ideal for the group activities on the beach. The students should also bring a small back pack, pens and pencils, packed lunch and water to drink.

The nature of the day means that at times, your son/daughter will be working at the water’s edge. They may also be working on Seaham Front in groups without direct supervision. Impeccable behaviour will be expected at all times.

The Geography Department is asking for a voluntary contribution of £5.00 for the visit. We ask that all payments are paid through the Parentpay system. You can log into Parentpay at www.parentpay.co.uk using your unique login and password. If you have any problems with Parentpay, please contact Miss Tait at finance@ems.bhcet.org.uk for help making sure you include your child’s name, D.O.B and form group in the email. If paying this contribution is a concern please contact me at school in confidence and we will make an alternative arrangement to fund a place for your child.

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to a successful visit. Please do not hesitate to contact me at school if you have any queries regarding this matter.

Mrs A Martindale

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):

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.

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 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.

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.

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


Dear Parent of Year 11 student

Your child’s time at secondary school has almost come to an end, and they are now looking forward to a well-deserved summer break.  I would like to make you aware of some activities that they may be interested in, and also to give detail of our continued support to them, throughout this time.

If your child would like to continue their personal development and careers preparations during the summer holidays, please consider the National Citizenship Service (NCS) https://wearencs.com/  Alternatively, they can continue with the work experience opportunities shared to them on their Year11 Careers Teams portal.

My support is available to your child throughout the summer term therefore if you, or they, have any queries or require any careers advice or support I can be contacted via the school teams, telephone, by email or meeting by arrangement.

We regularly monitor our careers services provided to our students, and parents perspective is critical to this audit.  This is to ensure we continue to improve and provide impartial careers support which is both useful and purposeful to you and your child.  With that in mind I would be grateful if you could log into and complete our careers and guidance survey.   https://forms.office.com/r/yLhjMSFg3d

As we progress beyond this year, we would love to hear about your child’s career journey and success. If you would like us to follow their careers success, please ask them to provide us with their personal email and keep us updated and email is as we would be thrilled to see how they are progressing with your career and would love for them to a part of our growing alumni.

May we take this opportunity to wish them well with their future plans and to say that it has been a privilege to work with them.

Mrs J Liddell
Head of Careers and Work-Related Learning

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