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Dear Parent/Guardian,

COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 12 to 15 years of age

The Covid 19 vaccination is being offered to all children in Year 7 to Year 11 who are aged 12-15 (up to the day of their 16th birthday) on the date of the session in school. Our team is scheduled to visit The English Martyrs on the 8th & 9th November 2021 as part of this programme. If you would like your child to receive this immunisation in school, please ensure your consent form has been submitted by the 4th November 2021.

In exceptional circumstances, we may have to move the date of the school session.

How do I give my consent?

  1. Go to https://fx.hdft.nhs.uk/CovidConsentForm/Covid19VaccinationConsent
  2. Enter the School Code 140867 and click “Find School”.
  3. Complete the form with your child’s information and parent/guardian contact information*.
  4. Click the green “Submit” button.

*If you provide a valid email address you will receive an automatic email confirmation to say your form has been submitted. Following your child being vaccinated in school, they will be provided with a letter and additional information about post vaccination care. If your child has specific medical requirements one of our nurses may need to get in touch before we are due to visit school. We never pass on your contact information to third parties.

Once we have your consent, we will offer your child the vaccination at the school session.

We will not vaccinate children at the session in the following circumstances:

  • When parents have not consented
  • When children want to be vaccinated but parents have not consented
  • When parents have consented and the child doesn’t want it

Why is the Covid 19 vaccine being offered?

The main purpose of the COVID-19 school age vaccination programme is to provide protection to the children who receive the vaccine and may help to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the wider population.

During the vaccination delivery we will maintain the range of measures we have in place to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

At present the school programme is an offer first dose of the vaccine.

 How is the Covid 19 vaccine administered?

 The vaccine is an intramuscular injection in the upper arm. At the session in school, we will always monitor a child for 15 minutes after administration of the vaccine to ensure support if they fell unwell immediately after the vaccination.

The Pfizer BioNTech Covid 19 vaccine is used for this programme, Comirnaty is the brand name for the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, it is exactly the same.

Where can I find out more?

 Covid 19 Guide for Children and Young People https://www.healthpublications.gov.uk/ViewArticle.html?sp=Scovid19vaccinationguideforyoungpeoplemainguide

Covid 19 Parents FAQs https://www.healthpublications.gov.uk/ViewArticle.html?sp=Scovid19vaccinationfactsheetforparents

You can contact the School Age Immunisation Team

Email:  HDFT.COVIDimmunisationsDDT@nhs.net

Phone: 03000032554.

Please leave a message if there is no one available to take your call. We endeavor to respond to all queries within one working day.

Yours sincerely,

School Age Immunisation Service

Dear Parent Carer,

On Friday 8th October, the Flu Vaccination will be offered to ALL students from Year 7-11.  If you wish for your child to have the vaccinations, consent forms are now being completed online. 

Please complete the form by Monday 4th October at midnight.


Please note: Any consents submitted after this time will not be included in the school session.

Please contact the office on hdft.immunisationcatchupclinic@nhs.net or 01423 557693 to book into a catch up clinic.

 If a child is absent on the day of this session a clinic appointment will be offered.

Please see the following letter from the immunisation team for more information.


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Protecting Children Against Influenza (Flu) and Complications

The nasal influenza vaccination is being offered to all children in Reception-Year 11. Our team is scheduled to visit The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College this Autumn as part of this programme. If you would like your child to receive this immunisation in school, please ensure your consent form has been submitted within one week of receiving this letter.

Please see below for details of how to consent for your child, as well as answers to common questions about the influenza vaccination programme.

How do I give my consent?

      • 1. Go to https://www.hdft.nhs.uk/fluconsent/
      • 2. Enter the School Code 140867 and click “Find School”.
      • 3. Complete the form with your child’s information and parent/guardian contact information*.
      • 4. Click the green “Submit” button.

*If you provide a valid email address you will receive an automatic email confirmation to say your form has been submitted. We will also email you to let you know that your child has been vaccinated in school. If your child has specific medical requirements one of our nurses may need to get in touch before we are due to visit school. We never pass on your contact information to third parties.

Why is the influenza vaccine being offered?

This vaccination programme is in place to help protect your child against influenza (flu) and stop the spread of the virus within schools, families and the wider community. Influenza is an unpleasant illness that can lead to school absences and sometimes causes serious complications requiring hospitalisation.

Vaccinating your child doesn’t just project them – by helping to stop the spread of influenza this winter they will also be protecting vulnerable friends and family of all ages.

How is the influenza vaccine administered?

Unlike most vaccinations, the nasal influenza vaccine is a quick and simple spray up the nose. There are a small number of children for whom the nasal vaccine is not appropriate. In these cases we offer an intramuscular injection as an alternative. Please check the link below for more information.

Does the nasal influenza vaccine contain pork gelatine? Can my child have the injection instead?

Yes, the nasal influenza vaccine contains trace amounts of porcine gelatine. If you would like your child to receive the injectable influenza vaccine, which does not contain porcine gelatine, please do not complete the online consent form. Instead, please give us a ring on 0300 003 2554. You will need to bring your child to a local community clinic as we cannot give the injection in school.

Where can I find out more?

Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine for more information about the childhood influenza vaccination programme.

You can contact the childhood immunisations team on hdft.immunisationteam@nhs.net or 0300 003 2554 or 01423 557693. We are a small team and we cannot always answer the phone straight away, so please leave a message if there is no one available to take your call. We endeavor to respond to all queries within one working day.

Yours sincerely,
Childhood Immunisations Team

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I have great pleasure in announcing that The English Martyrs Chaplaincy Department invite your son/daughter to the Year 9 and 10 Retreat at The Emmaus Youth Village, departing 13th October and returning on the 15th October.

The cost of the trip is £65.00 which includes full board accommodation, transport and insurance.

If your son/daughter receives Pupil Premium assistance, the cost will be £50.00.

There are 90 places available and will be offered on a first come first served basis. There will be a reserve list.  

All payments are to be paid through the Parent Pay system. You can log into Parent Pay at www.parentpay.com using your unique login and password. If you have any problems with Parent Pay, please contact our Finance Team at finance@ems.bhcet.org.uk for help.

Reservation of a place on this trip is dependent upon the continued good behaviour and attitude of your child. Due to the nature of the trip and safety regulations, only students who can be trusted to behave impeccably will be allowed to go.

If you wish your child to be considered, please complete the below form before Friday 1st October 2021.  A Non-refundable deposit of £30.00 will be required to secure your place at the time of booking and is to be paid via the Parent Pay system. The final payment must be made before Wednesday 13th October.

Click here to complete the form

A clear payment schedule will be issued with manageable payments if necessary. If your child is successful in gaining a place, but then has to withdraw, any money paid can only be returned if this is due to exceptional circumstances or his/her place is filled by another student.

Please see school’s website for details of our full Charging & Remissions Policy.

Should you require any further information please contact Mrs McKenna (School Chaplain)

Yours sincerely

A. McKenna
School Chaplain

Dear Parent / Carer

I am writing to invite you to our Year 10 Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday, 9th September 5.30-6.30pm. This will be held in St Anne’s Hall in the main school building. Although the evening is aimed at sharing information with parents, students can attend should you wish to bring them.

At English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College, we recognise how vital it is to work closely and positively with parents so that we can all play our part in supporting our students to achieve their potential.

On Thursday we will begin the evening with a presentation where we will share key information with you in relation to GCSEs and suggest practical ways in which you can support your son / daughter at home. Following this, there will be refreshments, time to ask any individual questions you might have and an opportunity to meet the new Leadership Team.

Please can you indicate your intention to attend via the link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-OvlemCWl0mB-Fxg9M2FOARlvc81OCJKq36AKUh3EEpUMkVKRU0yMEZSRTI1VkxBQ1BHWFRIRk84OS4u

I look forward to welcoming you on Thursday and moving forward in partnership, so that all of the students in our care can be successful learners who have successful futures.

Yours faithfully

Mrs C Hogarth
Deputy Headteacher

Dear Parent/ Carer

I hope that this letter finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying the summer break.

I take up the Headship at The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College in September and have been working with the staff over the holidays to prepare for the new school year. It has been a privilege to work with such dedicated staff and to meet with such delightful students.

As you would have seen in the press all schools have been asked to offer students a lateral flow device test (LFD) before they begin the new academic year and a second test within 5 days. You have been asked to consent to this by completing a form which you can access via the link below.  

Testing Consent Form

By consenting you are helping us to keep our community safe.

The testing schedule will necessitate a staggered start to the school term.

Year 10 will return to school on Monday 6th September have their first test on the same day.

Students should arrive at school at the usual time of 8.40am.

Click here for the Testing Schedule for Year 10

We have planned a programme of induction to the new school year so that students understand the lateral flow testing, any new Covid rules and are familiar with our high expectations. This involves more assemblies and increased Tutor time so that students are fully supported, emotionally and academically. Attached is a summary of useful information about attendance, uniform and conduct.  Click Here for useful information document

We understand that some students might need additional support with testing or with a return to school. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office be emailing admin@ems.bhcet.org.uk.

Yours sincerely
Sara Crawshaw

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope this letter finds you safe and well. As we come to the end of a very challenging year for many of us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support.

As the Government’s plans to return to a greater level of normality begins later this month, we will be working closely as a Trust and with Public Health England to ensure that any changes we make in September will have our students and staff’s safety at heart. All of our communication will continue on the app and all the letters for your son / daughter can be found on the ‘Parent’ tab and then click on year group and then letters home. We do have to carry out two lateral flow tests just before students return in September and within 5 days of each other. Similar to last year, it will mean a staggered start due to the logistics of this task. We will be in touch in the coming weeks, but we are planning to get Sixth Form and Year 11 completed as best we can before Monday 6th September and start with Years 7 & 10 on the Monday 6th. This would mean Years 8 & 9 would return on Tuesday 7th September. We will confirm this once guidance and plans are completed.

Can I also take this opportunity to say how proud I am of all of our students. The way they have responded to the challenges has been inspirational. It has been a privilege to be their headteacher. Although many of our Year 11 Students will return in September to our Sixth Form, I want to single out Years 13 & 11 students, in particular, for their tenacity and resilience. We look forward to celebrating their success this summer. All of the details for this summer’s results can also be found on our website.

It is also a time we say goodbye to special members of staff. Mrs McHugh has been at EMS for a year and has now secured a full-time position. Mr Hall leaves us after 7 years as an invaluable cog in our Pastoral wheel. Mr McAllister has been with us for 9 years and has been pivotal in some of the most memorable shows and performances the school and college have ever seen. Mr McMahon leaves us after 17 years as our Deputy Headteacher. He has made a huge impact on many families in our town leaving a legacy that will live for a long time to come. Mrs Carr is retiring after 18 years at the School, and we all know that her optimism and cheerfulness is going to be sorely missed. Last, but not least, Mrs Hickey is also retiring after 19 years (I know she doesn’t look old enough!). We will deeply miss her unstinting dedication to the students and the dignified, humble way she serves our school. Good luck and God Bless to them All.

As many of you know I also will be retiring this summer. After 33 years as a teacher and 11 years as a headteacher, I have experienced many changes and challenges. Over the past 6 years I have had some of the most exhilarating times in education whilst at EMS. I do feel however, that now is the right time to hand over the baton to Mrs Crawshaw. Mrs Crawshaw and I have been working closely over recent months and I am incredibly positive about the next chapter of this unique school. Our recent inspection in March 2021 was very positive and I feel the school is now ready to come out of the other side of this extraordinary period changed, yet ready for change, in equal measure.

I would like to leave you with one of my favourite quotes which has provided solace to many people during this pandemic. It comes from a religious book called ‘Revelations of Divine Love’ from 1393. It was the first book ever written and published by an English woman, during the Middle Ages and during a global pandemic;

“ but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

I am confident that all will be well going forward for this wonderful School and the wonderful people of this Town.

Have a peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable break.

Stephen Hammond

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following advice from Public Health on a positive lateral flow test result within the Kitchen we are taking precautions and closing the catering service until the PCR result is received.

Please can you ensure your child brings a pack lunch to school tomorrow. We will have a limited supply of sandwiches available for our Free School Meal Students.

Once we have a further update we will be in touch, we thank you for your understanding.

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Opportunity North East programme and Oxford University have worked collaboratively to develop a student’s careers profiling tool to enable analysis of our pupil’s careers views and responses, in relation to others regionally and nationally. 

The survey and analysis facility aims to improve outcomes for students by providing more careers-related information about the students careers views, opinions and aspirations, which can in turn be used to improve school career plans.

This online student survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The data will support:

  • An informative starting basis for Careers interviews;
  • Information on industry interests and aspirations for improved targeting of resources at Careers events or interventions for specific students;
  • Work experience placement planning;
  • Give a wider context to the interests & aspirations of our own students, informed by regional and national trends.

Please encourage your child to complete this survey from the following link:


If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ms J Liddell
Head of Careers and Work-Related Learning

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