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Category Archives: Year 12 Parents/Carers

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


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

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


The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool gathered joyfully to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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Thursday 19th May students and staff welcomed esteemed guests Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, Dame Maura Regan CEO of the Bishop Hogarth Education Trust, Sue Harrison Chair of Governors, and Michael Lee former Head of English Martyrs (2010-15) to a morning of celebrations.

Focusing on the dedication and service shown by Queen Elizabeth II throughout her reign students listened to an inspirational talk from Sue Snowdon, shared music, and prayer in praise of our Monarch.

Afterwards the Guests and students enjoyed a traditional English Garden Party with ice-cream, sunshine, and party games.

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Mrs Crawshaw Headteacher said ' Thank you to our wonderful students and staff who have made our celebration of the Platinum Jubilee so memorable and such fun.  Well done to all involved'

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Dear Parent and Carer,

I am Nicholas Lindsay, the newly appointed Director of Pastoral Care. It is a great honour to be asked to serve your community. My role is to support you as families to break down any potential barriers which make it a challenge for your child to engage in their learning so that they can obtain the best possible range of life skills and qualifications to allow them to excel and succeed in adult life.

The school and its families are very much a team; we all want the best for our children.

Please can you remind and support your child about the expectations that Mrs. Crawshaw has set out for us in terms of punctuality, uniform, equipment and expectations of conduct so that we can act purposefully with pride for positive outcomes.

I will be speaking to all of the children in assemblies this week and I know that we can work together in happiness and dedication to learning.

Please contact the school at any time; if your query relates to an issue which is specifically about a subject area please ask for this to be referred to the Curriculum Leader for that subject.

If the query is related to any type of welfare concern, please refer this in the first instance to your child’s Pastoral Manager.

If your child is on the SEN register and your query relates to laces to learning, please refer this to Mrs. White and the SENCO team.

We all recognise that this school has enormous potential and 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

Dear Parents and Carers,

From September 2022 we propose to change the structure of the school day.

As we end this Term, we continue to make changes as part of our improvement journey. This includes plans to change the school day starting from September. The reconfiguration of the school day will enable us to maximise time and resources so that our children can get the best possible opportunities to thrive.

The rationale is to simplify the structure of the school day and this change also reflects ambitions set in the White Paper published by the government in March.

This change allows up to have:

  • a longer lunch that will allow lunch time clubs and activities for all students
  • use of the full school site and facilities at lunch times
  • better timings for break and lunch so students do not have to wait too long to eat
  • the same start time as the current school day
  • a slightly later finish

Current timings and split lunches and breaks do not allow for staff or students to do a full range of lunch activities or allow for school site or facilities to be used as they as are needed for lessons.

Below is the planned school day from September

8:45am - 9:00amRegistration/Assemblies
9:00am - 10:00amLesson 1
10:00am - 11:00amLesson 2
11:00am - 11:20amBreak
11:20am - 12:20pmLesson 3
12:20pm - 1:20pmLunch
1:20pm - 2:20pmLesson 4
2:20pm - 3:15pmLesson 5

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact emsschoolday@ems.bhcet.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards

Mrs Crawshaw

Dear Parent/Carer 

As part of our ongoing support package that we offer to our students we intend to take your son/daughter to the UCAS Discovery Exhibition on Wednesday 4 May. We will leave college at 9.00am and return at 11.30am. The event brings together universities from across the UK to Teesside University. It will help your son/daughter to explore a wide range of academic and career opportunities open to them on completion of their sixth form studies. The visit will be held with no cost to students.  

Prior to attending the UCAS Exhibition students will attend a presentation, during a PPD session, from a local university outlining what to expect from the event and how to prepare in order to have the best experience.  

If you have not already done so, can I please ask you to complete the consent form which can be found online at https://forms.office.com/r/Tdb8TxxN5C . Without your consent, your son/daughter will be unable to attend any offsite trips.  

Your son/daughter has access to the year 12 careers team page where we continue to promote a wide range of activities. Please encourage your son/daughter to engage with programmes outside of their studies. This will help them when completing application forms, for university or employment, to demonstrate that they have a range of experiences in addition to their studies.  

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at the college. 

Beverley Scaife
Careers Advisor  

Dame Maura Regan (BHCET CEO), Mrs Leah Henderson (Director of Sixth Form), Mrs Sara Crawshaw (Headteacher), Mrs Snow Snowdon
Dame Maura Regan (BHCET CEO), Mrs Leah Henderson (Director of Sixth Form), Mrs Sara Crawshaw (Headteacher), Mrs Snow Snowdon

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, visited English Martyrs Sixth Form College to open their newly
re-furbished sixth form study area.

The study area of the sixth form building has been re-designed to give students a dedicated space to work in their time between lessons.

Mrs Crawshaw, headteacher of the large Hartlepool secondary school and sixth form college said: “We were overjoyed that Mrs Snowdon could visit us to see, and open, our wonderful new learning space.”


Mrs Snowdon speaks to the students at the opening
Mrs Snowdon speaks to the students at the opening
Mrs Snowdon chatting to Elena & Charlotte in their Law class
Mrs Snowdon chatting to Elena & Charlotte in their Law class

“The Lord Lieutenant spoke about how vibrant the space was, and as a former teacher herself, spoke passionately about the opportunities it would give them.”

“It was a very successful morning and I hope she enjoyed her visit.”

As well as the opening, Mrs Snowdon also got the chance to tour the sixth form and speak to students in the common room and lessons.

One of the many duties of a Lord Lieutenant is the swearing in of new magistrates, which Mrs Snowdon spoke about in her time with students studying Law.

Head boy, Logan Biggins, 17, said: “We love our new study area and we really appreciate the work the college have done for us and for future students who will study here.”

The design of the room was student led with the college working with the student body to create a space for them.

“It was really lovely to meet Mrs Snowdon.” Head Girl, Emily Barnard, 17, added.

“I hope she enjoyed her visit to the college and we thank her for taking the time to come and officially open the room.”

Head Students Logan Biggins and Emily Barnard with Mrs Snowdon
Head Students Logan Biggins and Emily Barnard with Mrs Snowdon

A plaque designed by the college will be hung in the room to commemorate the event.

The college has an open event on Thursday 17th March for students in Year 11 who are moving on to college in September.  Details can be found on the college website and social media.

Dear Parent/Guardian,

COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 12 to 17 years of age

The Covid 19 vaccination is being offered to all children in Year 7 to Year 13 who are aged 12-17 (up to the day of their 18th birthday on the date of the session in school). We are also offering first and second vaccinations, second vaccinations can only be given 12 weeks after the date of their first vaccination. If you would like your child to receive this Immunisation in school, please ensure your consent form has been submitted ASAP.

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

The provider for these vaccinations is HDFT however, some sessions will be provided by a sub-contractor Nimbus Care and Pharmacy 2U

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.

Please note consents need to be submitted before 23.59pm on 23rd January 2022.

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
  • Please ensure you accurately report any vaccination your child has already received.
  • If you are unsure about your child’s vaccination status, please contact your GP to clarify.

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 and Booster doses to those children who have already received a first dose 12 weeks previously with evidence.

 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 feel 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 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,

I hope that this letter finds you safe and that you have all had a happy Christmas.

As you will be aware Covid cases are rising and there have been new national rules introduced on 2nd January to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.

We need to keep our school community safe and will be implementing the rules on mask wearing in communal spaces, corridors, and classrooms.

If your child is exempt please record this is their planner; otherwise please ensure your child brings a mask to school and understands that they will have to wear it.

These measures are temporary and will be reviewed by government on 26th January.

Before students and staff return we are asking that they take a LFT at home on the Sunday 9th January and only to return to school if this test is negative.

All students will be offered an onsite test before they return to school.

To facilitate this, there will be a staggered start to next term:

10th January – Year 11 / 12 / 13 will be tested and begin lessons in school.

11th January – Years 7/ 8 will be tested and begin lessons in school. Years 11/12/13 will be in school / college accessing lessons because they will have already been tested.

12th January – Years 9/10 will be tested and begin lessons in school. All students will be in school / college accessing lessons as normal.

From Monday 10th work for students (who have not yet returned) will be on TEAMS. If you need any support with TEAMs please, check this help page https://ems.bhcet.org.uk/microsoft-teams-school-email/ or contact the school office, or email Mr Hope shope@ems.bhcet.org.uk who will be able to help.

Details and the time your child needs to attend school on their allocated return date can be found after this letter.

As a reminder, up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but we would encourage everyone to take it.

Consent given for previous testing at the school is still valid for the testing in January, however, if parents/ students over 16 haven’t previously completed the form or they wish to now withdraw consent to complete the form by Friday 7th January.

This is the link to the form:

Our privacy policy can be viewed here:

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the new rules or need any support during these challenging times please contact the school office or your child’s Pastoral Leader

Yours faithfully

Mrs Crawshaw


Details of return to school January 2022

Testing Schedule Monday 10th January 2022
Class Time Allocation 
Year 11 arrive in school 08:45am
Y13 arrive 11:25am
Y12 arrive 12:20pm
FINISH  3:00pm

On Monday 10th January, Year 11 should arrive for 8:45am and go straight to period 1. Year 13 should arrive at 11:25am, and Year 12 should arrive at 12:20. Both Year 12 and 13 should go straight to the Sixth Form Study Area. Normal lunch service will be available.

Testing Schedule Tuesday 11th January 2022
Class Time Allocation 
Year 7 arrive in school 08:45am
Year 8 arrive in school 12:55pm
FINISH  3:00pm

On Tuesday 11th January, Year 7 should arrive for 8:45am and go straight to period 1. Year 7 will follow a normal timetable (including break and lunch) . Y8 should arrive for 12:55pm and go straight to period 4. There will be no food facilities available for those arriving in the afternoon, so please ensure your child has eaten prior to their arrival.

Testing Schedule Wednesday 12th January 2022
Class Time Allocation 
Year 10 arrive in school 08:45am
Year 9 arrive in school 12:55pm
FINISH  3:00pm

On Wednesday 12th January, Year 10 should arrive for 8:45am and go straight to period 1. Year 10 will follow a normal timetable (including break and lunch). Year 9 should arrive for 12:55pm and go straight to period 4. There will be no food facilities available for those arriving in the afternoon, so please ensure your child has eaten prior to their arrival.