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.
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.
Paul Dickson – Deputy Headteacher
Sue Irvine – SENDco