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Category Archives: Year 6 Parents/Carers

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.

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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/Carer,  

It is my privilege to write to you as the new Headteacher of The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form and to invite you to our Year 6 Open Evening on October 14th 6.00pm-8.00pm  

We are delighted that this year we can welcome you and your children to visit the school and meet teachers and students.  In order to provide a structured visit we are asking you to book into one of the three slots available across the evening. You can do this by following the link below and selecting the time you will be attending.  

There are three sessions to choose from:

      • 6.00pm 
      • 6.30pm 
      • 7.00pm 

Please click here to be taken to our Eventbrite page to book on a slot.  

During the Year 6 Open Evening you will have a presentation from myself and a tour of the school with opportunities to talk to our current students and teaching staff.  

You can make your school application through the Local Authority by following this link. You must apply by Sunday 31st October 2021

Applications for places are welcomed from all parents of all Year 6 pupils. We look forward to meeting you and your child/children.

You can read our Admissions Code here.

Best Wishes

Sara Crawshaw
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 7 will return to school and have their test on Monday 6th September.

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

Click here for the Testing Schedule for Year 7

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,

We would like to start by saying a massive thank you. Thank you for your patience, kindness and understanding.

The way that your children conducted themselves throughout last week was nothing but amazing. Students have been very excited to be part of ‘EMS Summer School 2021’, which was witnessed across this difficult week, and for students to be told to self-isolate (In some cases just after an hour arriving on Monday morning!) was truly heart breaking. This is something we did not want to happen. However, the decisions that were made were taken completely out of our hands. The safety of your children and our staff is something that must come first.

We cannot wait to see the students on Monday 6th September. We will have staff to greet the students at the front of the school (Sixth Form Building area) from 8:30am and we will take them all to St Anne’s for a welcome assembly. There will be a programme for the day which will include introductions, expectations and tasks such as covid-testing and catering registrations.

Have a lovely summer break. Stay safe. Look out for one another.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Hutchinson – Year 7 Pastoral manager
Mrs K Spears – Assistant SENDco & Summer School Coordinator


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
Headteacher


Dear Parents/Carers

I hope this letter finds you safe and well. Firstly, thank-you to those parents who have been in touch about specific questions regarding your son/daughter on the back of our initial letter in April. 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.

The main purpose of this letter is to let you know that we cannot go ahead with face to face transition days or events. The Local Authority in conjunction with Public Health England have directed us that due to the rise in cases that we must continue with current restrictions. This means the integrity of the bubbles for our existing students cannot be compromised. It is very frustrating, but I hope you understand .

Our plan is to push some transition information and clips online (our website) so students and families can at least get a taste for things (including a virtual tour) and put some names to faces. We are also looking to do a live event on the 8th July at 6pm to replace the planned Parents’ Evening and the first of the transition days. Please look at our website late next week with the details for that.

The plans for how September will look are still up in the air, but the start date is still Monday 6th September 2021.

In the coming week students will be placed into Houses and Tutor Groups. We will share this information with you around the 8th July event. 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). 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. Schools across the country have experienced some concerning trends in pupil attendance and punctuality and that will be a big focus for us in the new Academic Year.

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.  This year more than ever, we would encourage them to take part.

If you wish to express an interest in your child attending the Summer School, please email kspears@ems.bhcet.org.uk as soon as possible. Further arrangements will be communicated to you nearer the time.  We will say more about this on the live broadcast on 8th July.

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


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


Dear Parents/Carers

I would like to begin by wishing you and your child a warm welcome into our community at The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College.  I am sure that the next few months will be busy and in some ways, an anxious time for you; particularly if this is your first child to enter our school, but I am sure that with clear communication we will be able to allay any concerns and answer any questions that you may have.

Our Year 7 Pastoral Team have already started the communication process with all of the Primary Schools involved in the transition process, including specialised conversations, meetings and actions for students with particular needs.  If there is any information about your child that you would like to share with us prior to the Parents Evening on 1st July, please contact us.

Key Dates

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

Tuesday 6th July and Wednesday 7th July – Year 7 Induction Days – 10:00am – 2:00pm

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

For the transition days 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 this changes. 

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 then collect them from the same place at 2:00pm. Again, these arrangements may be revised 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.  We will also 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.  Children who have siblings already at the school will automatically be placed in the same House. There will be regular contact between us and your child’s current school to get as much information as possible. Children with any additional needs will have an enhanced transition programme.  If you would like to contact us to discuss anything at all, then please get in touch.

School uniform is available from Trutex.  More information can be found on the parent area of our school website  (https://ems.bhcet.org.uk). All orders are made online or via telephone.  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.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Your child enters The English Martyrs Catholic 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 who 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.

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 child’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