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Admissions Consultation

English Martyrs' Catholic School is consulting on changes to our admissions arrangements which will take effect for the academic year 2020-21. The consultation will run from Monday 3rd December until Monday 14th January. Details of the changes and how you can submit comments can be found at http://www.aquinas-cmat.org/admissions.

Kerala Floods

Following the devastating floods in Kerala in recent weeks, the displacement of 1,000,000 people and the deaths of 400, the St Vincent de Paul society have asked for our support with their work to help people on the ground.

Reading Rampage

It's been an exciting but exhausting week in the library with the launch of Reading Rampage, the annual Year 8 reading challenge! Taking place in secondary schools across the city, students have been challenged to read as many of the 20 shortlisted books as they can, and vote for their favourite.

Leicester Music Fest

On the weekend 9-12 February English Martyrs will be hosting Leicester Music Fest, which features a series of music performances, competitions and workshops.

Performance by Resonations

Everyone is welcome for an evening of music performed by Resonations, a group of undergraduate students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music - Rebecca Köhler Baratto, Petrina Phua and Griff Wadkin on Saturday 24th February at 7pm in the St Cecilia Auditorium.

Dedication of the Evangeliarium

Bishop Patrick visited the school on Friday 8th December. The Bishop celebrated Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and in his homily discussed the difficulties of faith and the risk each one of us has to take to form a relationship with the Lord.

Annual Progression Evening

Year 11 and 12 students and their parents turned out in force for our annual progression evening. Universities, employers and professionals were on hand to offer advice on courses, entry requirements, A Level choices and careers. We are grateful to them all for the support they continue to offer our students.

GCSE Results


GCSE students learned their results this morning and there were many smiles as they collected their envelopes! Mr Carney writes: “We are very pleased that once again students have achieved very well, in many cases exceeding their target grades."

English Martyrs Sports Day- Thursday 6th July 2017

Students in Years 7-10 participated in their houses for our annual Sports Day at Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium on Thursday 6th July. The atmosphere was electric with students performing in a wide array of events and supporting their teammates with banners, flags and face paint! 

County Athletics

Many of our students made it through to the finals in our recent visit to the County Athletics event earlier this month.  Congratulations to the following students who performed excellently in a tough field of competitors, particularly as very few of our students train for these events outside of school.

Leavers’ Celebrations

Fr Martin celebrated a beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving with students in Year 13 on Thursday 25 May to mark the formal end of their education here. For the first time the Mass was celebrated in the Sixth Form Study with music led by Mr Boston and Mr Matusiak.

Year 7 Retreat Castlerigg Manor

Students in year seven are enjoying a wonderful retreat in the Lake District this week. Arriving on Monday they have had a very full programme of activities which include spiritual reflections, discussions, practical activities, times of formal and informal prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass as well as extensive daily walks.

ABRSM Music Exams: exceptional results

Thomas Good (Grade 3 singing), Joseph Higgitt (Grade 1 piano) and Joseph Reilly (Grade 8 singing) all achieved exceptional results in their Associated Board music exams held just before Easter: all three were awarded a Distinction - the highest mark. Katy Toms (Grade 2 bassoon) and Harry Barnett (Grade 2 piano) continued this by each being awarded a Merit in their exams. Congratulations to all five of these students for such exceptional results!

Lent fundraising

What did you do for Lent? These students were inspired by CAFOD’s theme “Turn little fish into big fish” and set about making simnel cakes to sell for Easter making £110. Their efforts and the many other fund raising activities small and large during Lent meant that as a school we raised £1360 for CAFOD. Thank you and congratulations to everyone.

Beats that!

During break on our non-uniform day to celebrate the start of Numeracy week,  Leon George 7Sherwin was presented with a pair of ‘Beats’ which he purchased from the Epraise shop. Leon managed to collect the 800 Epraise points needed mostlyby doing lots of great work in class and being helpful around the school.

Oscar Romero Week

During 8th – 12th October we are celebrating Oscar Romero week. Blessed Oscar Romero was a catholic priest and later a bishop who stood up for the oppressed poor in El Salvador and spoke out against the unjust government of his day who actively persecuted the people - using weekly broadcasts to criticise them and to preach Jesus’ Good News of human rights and freedom for all.

Examination Results 2018

Students have been delighted to receive their A Level and GCSE results in recent days. With excellent overall performance across the school, it has been pleasing to note the majority of students achieving their Expected Grades and many surpassing them to achieve tremendous personal bests!

Noye's Fludde

Preparations for Noye’s Fludde are going well. Pictured here are some Year 7 singers rehearsing singing in 7 parts (yes, 7 parts!) for the finale of the piece accompanied by our team of handbell ringers. Students were also trying out some of the more curious bits of stage equipment for the show: a  wind machine which sounds surprisingly like wind howling in a storm and an instrument Benjamin Britten designed specifically for Noye’s Fludde: the Slung Mugs. These mugs have been carefully selected by Mr Simeone as each sounds a different note and will be used as part of a large percussion section including 4 timpani drums, a bass drum, a tam tam and cymbals.

Year 7 singers and soloists are working very hard to prepare the performance. We all hope you can come. 6pm. Friday 29 June. Tickets £5, U19 £2. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Business interviews

On Thursday 3rd May, students in year ten took part in mock business interviews with representatives from an array of companies and organisations including The Sytner Group, Santander, British Gas, Pepsico, John Lewis, and the Department for Work and Pensions.


Year 11 are drawing to the conclusion of their courses now and heavily committed to revision as the beginning of the examinations looms.

Galaxy Tablet Winner

Congratulations to Edward Grey in Year 8 who was the winner of the Samsung Tablet. All students who had 500 or more ePraise points by Easter were entered into a draw and Edward was the lucky winner! Congratulations to Edward.

Visit of Sr Dorothy Paul

As part of the Sixth Form Speakers Programme, Sister Dorothy Paul visited the school in November to speak about the tremendous evil of Human Trafficking in our country and city today. Sister told us about the work of the Medaille Trust which helps to rehabilitate victims.

English Martyrs students visit The Skills Show

On Friday 17th November 2017 a party of Year 10 and Year 11 students attended the UK's largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event at the NEC in Birmingham. The skills show was packed with career advice and skills activities across a huge range of sectors. With hundreds of career ideas to explore the students wasted no time when they arrived in seeking advice from local and international businesses, colleges, universities and armed forces. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day's experience and feed back was extremely positive. 

Organ Discovery Day

Daniel Bennett, one of our Sixth Form Music Officers, writes:

On Saturday 23rd September, the Royal College of Organists hosted an Organ Discovery Day at English Martyrs' School.

Catherine Barnard- Brexit Talk

Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law at the University of Cambridge, spoke to the Sixth Form about the impact of BREXIT on Friday 22nd September.

Henry Bee (Head Boy) and Conor O’Grady (Communications Officer) write:

“Brexit is important to you all; you’ll be paying for it until you die.” These were the powerful closing words of Professor Catherine Barnard when she visited the school on Friday morning.


Tuesday 4th July saw the end of year performance of Agape by the combined forces of our music society.

Visit of Liz Kendall MP

When our MP Liz Kendall visited our school, we were honoured to be picked to take part in quizzing her on various subjects. We felt she responded really well to some difficult questions.

Year 11 Prom

Students in Year 11 celebrated the end of their examinations in style at their Prom held at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday 21 June.  Parents came to see their beautiful daughters and sons arrive, stunningly dressed and many alighting from classic cars ranging from a Lamborghini , a Rolls Royce, a Hummer, stretched limos, to a Stock Car!

Area Athletics Champions!

On Thursday 25th May 75 English Martyrs students represented the school at the West Area Athletics Competition at Saffron Lane. It  was a fantastic, if very warm, evening and our students working exceptionally hard and achieved tremendous success – 25 of them qualifying to represent West Leicester at the County Championships on Saturday 10th June.  

Year 8 Reading Rampage

This year's Reading Rampage is well under way!  Students in Year 8 have been frantically borrowing books from this year's shortlist of 20 titles in a bid to decide on their favourite book.

Year 10 Mock Interviews

On Thursday 4th May, Year 10 students took part in mock interviews with representatives from companies and organisations such as Alltruck Plc, Santander, Leicester City Council, Grant Thornton and the Department for Work and Pensions. 

As a school we are very grateful to all the local business people who gave up their time to offer these interviews to each student. 

Alleluia! Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Students have been celebrating Easter with assemblies following the themes of the Easter Vigil Liturgy which begins with the blessing of the Paschal or Easter Candle (pictured).

This year there was a particular focus on our baptism. During assembly students renewed their baptismal promises, declaring that we reject sin so as to live in freedom as God’s children; rejecting the glamour of evil and declaring that we believe in God the Father who created all things, his Son Jesus Christ who rose from the dead and in the Holy Spirit who gives us strength.

Leicester Riders Visit

Leicester Riders captain Tyler Bernardini got Numeracy Week off to a slam dunk start by talking to students about the importance of numeracy in life and how he uses Maths in basketball. Tyler is a graduate of the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and attends the Loughborough School of Business and Economics studying for a MSc in International Management alongside his playing duties with the BBL team.

Important School Transport Information


There have been no changes to the mainstream home to school transport policy since it changed in September 2015.  A quick reminder is that free transport will be provided to the nearest/nearest Leicestershire or frozen school where the distance is more than 2 miles for primary and 3 miles for secondary age pupils.   Parents of secondary transfer pupils for September 2017 were reminded last September before they applied for their school places and again with their admission offer on 1st March and will get formal confirmation on whether they will be entitled to free transport (11+ and 14+ transfer groups) by the end of April.

Reading Rampage 2017

Year 8 students are on a Reading Rampage as they take up this year's reading challenge.  They have exclusive borrowing rights from the library so they can read as many books as they can from a list of twenty titles, to determine the most popular book!  

Results Days

A Level Results Day – Thursday 16th August 2018

You may collect your A Level results from 9.00am – St Mary’s Building

GCSE Results Day – Thursday 23rd August 2018

You may collect your GCSE results from 9.00am – St Mary’s Building

Interviews for a place in Sixth Form will be available all day. An appointment is not necessary.

Numeracy Week

Alongside Mr Handley’s School of Hard Sums, The Numeracy Police had been out on patrol all week in classes asking lots of number based questions, a correct answer to Mr Handley’s puzzles or to the Numeracy Police meant a ticket in the prize draw.

Noye’s Fludde

Students from Year 7-10 and Sixth Formers are currently rehearsing for our Arts Festival Production of Noye’s Fludde. This work uses the words of a play from Chester written about the same time as the Black Death, The Hundred Years' War and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales - which means that some of the lines are rather demanding -  but our students are doing incredibly well and the performance will be really special.  Pictured here are members of Year 7 who form the chorus of animals who board the ark with Noye (Noah). Meanwhile Mrs Noye, convinced her husband has finally lost the plot is having nothing to do with the absurd enterprise. Will she make it in time….

Performance: 29 June, 6pm. St Cecilia’s Auditorium.

Tickets cost: Adults £5; U19s £2  

To reserve, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reading Rampage Author Workshop with Ali Sparkes

On Thursday 15th March, a group of Year 8s were lucky enough to attend a workshop with Reading Rampage author Ali Sparkes. Students were fascinated to hear about the gravestone which inspired Ali's novel, 'Thunderstruck' - and about the effects and likelihood of being struck by lightning.

Bishop Martyn visits

As part of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity which concludes on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, Bishop Martyn Snow - the Anglican Bishop of Leicester - came to speak to the Sixth Form.

Shakespeare Schools festival at Curve Theatre

On Tuesday 14th November a group of year 10 students took part in the Shakespeare Schools festival at Curve Theatre, Leicester. Every year the Shakespeare Schools Foundation works with thousands of students from different communities across the country.

Thanksgiving Mass

The end of the year was marked by a very beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving held in the quadrangle on Thursday 13 July, concelebrated by Fathers Martin Hardy, John-Joe Maloney and David Rocks. In his homily Fr Martin reflected on living the school motto, “May they all be one”.  

Girls’ Rugby Tournament

English Martyrs entered a Girls rugby union competition at Market Harborough RFU. With only three training sessions before the tournament, all of our girls played exceptionally well and managed to break down their opponent’s defence to score tries in every game.

Year 7 Enterprise Day

Recently the whole of Year 7 took part in an Enterprise Day. Teamwork, problem solving, buying and selling along with negotiating were just a few of the skills touched upon during the activities with Bright Futures. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it’s clear that we have more than a few budding entrepreneurs. The whole year group were a credit to the school and the team from Bright Futures were full of praise for the students’ attitude, behaviour and work ethic throughout the day. Well done year 7!

Tales from the Stave

What did you do during the autumn half term? Mr Simeone travelled with a BBC crew to Italy where he went to look at the original handwritten manuscript of one of the most famous operas ever written, “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi. You can hear him talking about the manuscript (and the very tragic story of the opera) on the latest series of the Radio 4 programme "Tales from the Stave" broadcast on Tuesday 2nd May and now available on the BBC iPlayer. The manuscript in kept in the Archivio Storico Ricordi in Milan, where Mr Simeone was able to see it in the company of an opera singer and one of Ricordi's senior archivists.

National Young Writers Awards 2017

On Wednesday 3rd May, Explore Learning came into school to deliver a writing workshop to the whole of year 7. They introduced a Creative Writing competition. Students were asked to write a story set in 3017 in under 500 words. Students were very enthusiastic and came up with lots of interesting ideas. They learned how to structure a story effectively, so that it was engaging for the readers. 

Numeracy Week Competition

Congratulations to the winner of the numeracy week competition and the beats headphones Brady Doherty, 10 Clitheroe.

num week winner

Numeracy Week - 3-7th April 2017

Next week the school is holding Numeracy Week, an exciting series of events and activities for students from year 7 to the Sixth Form. 

The full plan is here.

numeracy week FLYER updated

numeracy week plan