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Category Archives: Year 9 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 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

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

Options Brochure 2022

Feel free to have a look through our new Year 9 Options Brochure for 2022.  You can also download a copy of it by clicking here


Subject Videos

If you were unable to make the evening, or would like a refresher of any information about the subjects on offer, please see the following presentations from departments.

Art & Design Subjects

Business Studies

Child Development

Computer Science

Creative iMedia


English Language & Literature

Fashion & Texiles

Foundation Learning



Health & Social Care


Hospitality & Catering



Performing Arts

Product Design

Religious Studies



To celebrate World Book Day 2022, we have put together our very own Masked Reader competition.  Similar to the popular TV show, all you have to do is guess which teachers are hidden behind the masks reading a passage from some of their favourite books.

Sounds easy? Great! Watch the videos below and then fill in the form on the link underneath the videos.  Everyone who gets all the answers correct will be placed into a draw to win an Amazon voucher!

Contestant 1

Contestant 2

Contestant 3

Contestant 4

Contestant 5

Contestant 6

Contestant 7

Contestant 8

Contestant 9

Now it's time to guess who all the teachers are.  Click on this link and fill in the form with your answers.  The form will open in a new tab so you can switch between videos and entries.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 6th March.  We'll announce the winner and the answers next week!

Good luck!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the beginning of the Y9 Options process. Your child has now reached a very important stage where it is necessary to select those subjects which are to be studied in Years 10 and 11. There will be an Options’ Information evening for parents and students on Thursday 3rd March, where you will receive information of the possible choices and advice on how to support your child.

The process consists of:

  • February 28th – Assembly for Year 9 Students
  • March 3rd – Session for Parents and Students and access of Options Booklet
  • March 3rd – Access to Options Form
  • March 16th – Submission of Options form
  • Support from Careers Staff

The format of the information evening will be as follows:

Key Stage 4 overview by Mr J O’Hara (Assistant Headteacher) at 3:30pm and 4:30pm in St Anne’s Hall. Please use the link with Eventbrite to book onto one of these sessions.

Due to covid and to the capacity of our hall, we are asking parents to book and attend one of the slots.  Please visit this Eventbrite link to book a slot for the evening.  Please don’t worry about tickets, the system is just being used to control numbers. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/year-9-options-information-evening-tickets-265210470657

After the overview, parents and students are invited to visit subject areas in school to find out more about potential GCSE subjects. In addition, careers guidance will also be available.

I trust you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity, and I look forward to sharing information with you on the 3rd March. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Mr J O’Hara
Assistant Headteacher