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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.

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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/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 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.

This means that Year 8 and 9 will return to school and have their first test on Tuesday 7th September

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

Click here for the Testing Schedule for Year 8 & 9

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
Headteacher


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.


The confirmation preparation process is starting in the new year for anyone in Year 8, Year 9 and above.

You’ll join a group of other people your age to discuss and question what faith means and who God is to you? This isn’t just for people certain of what they believe; it’s for you too!

We are still confirming details of how and where we can meet in person in a COVID secure way. Sign up here to register your interest. 

Our process starts with Alpha. Alpha is not just for people certain they want to be confirmed, it’s for anyone who has questions.
In your small groups, you can be as honest as you like about what you do or don’t believe or what you disagree with about religion. 
It’s an open space to explore the meaning of life with friends.

Watch the video below for a taste of Alpha.

 


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

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):

Uniform
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.

Bags
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
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.

Jewellery
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.

Make-Up
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
Headteacher


Testing in school

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals.

As you are now doubt aware we are in the process of carrying out lateral flow testing in school and all students have been given the opportunity to be tested three times over a two-week period.  This process is almost complete and we are now asking parents to support us in continuing the testing programme at home.

Testing at home

We understand that each child has individual needs. Many children will adapt to testing becoming part of their routine, others will find it more challenging. Taking part in testing is voluntary and all children will be able to attend school whether they take part or not. We hope that the option to take the test in the morning or the evening will support families to test at home. 

If you agree that it is appropriate for your child to be tested at home, they will be able to collect their home test kits from their form tutors.  Sixth Form students will be given their kits during PDD

We would like them to take their tests each Sunday and Wednesday.

Tests are free of charge. Your child will receive a pack of 3 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.

Students should ensure that they have enough time to do the test before going to school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before if needed.

There is no need to keep used test equipment. After the test result has been reported, you can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

Test results

Once you have completed the LFD test you should:

  • If your child or anyone in your household tests positive your household and any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.
  • You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and school.
  • You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School).
  • If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.
  • Negative and void results need to be reported to both NHS Test and Trace and school.
  • A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
  • If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
  • You need to report each test result by using the NHS Test and Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
  • You will also need to tell the school the result of each test using the following link https://forms.office.com/r/ctmpp4Qrke

Taking part in testing is voluntary and all children will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not.  I am strongly encouraging all children to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other children to attend school and help to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Please contact Sarah Tait, our COVID Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.

Yours faithfully

Stephen Hammond
Headteacher