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ESU Public Speaking Competition 2019

We are proud of our Year 11 team for representing the school at the Birmingham Branch Final of this competition, hosted by Solihull School on 4th February. Of the six teams who participated, four were from well-established private schools – yet our girls held their own with considerable aplomb.

Advent Fundraising

The chosen advent charity for Year 8 and 10 this year was City of Sanctuary. They have been generously donating toiletries and have managed to collect over 350 indivual items.

Christmas Cooking

As part of the inter-house competition we have held a Christmas Yule Log Competition, year 7's yule logs were amazing especially as some of them had never cooked in school before. They have set a very high standard for the rest of the year groups to follow.

Message to Young People

At the conclusion of the recent Synod of Bishops in Rome which was attended by four of our Sixth Formers, the Synod Fathers released this letter to young people throughout the world.

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  

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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.

Leicester MusicFest

We look forward to welcoming the Leicester Music Fest this weekend from Saturday. The festival promises many wonderful performances and competitions.

St Thomas Aquinas Feast Day Mass

On Monday 28th January fifty of our students enjoyed a special day out at the Morningside Arena in Leicester with Bishop Patrick and over a thousand students from across our Catholic Multi-Academy Trust to celebrate the Feast Day of our patron St Thomas Aquinas.

Fostering Faith

On Thursday 17th January, the Sixth Form welcomed Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth (LACY). The seven strong team, accompanied by Father Michael Moore, spoke with great passion and enthusiasm about their apostolate to students of Sixth Form age in this part of our diocese.

Menphys Carol Concert

English Martyrs’ Schola Cantorum and several of our instrumentalists were delighted to take part in the annual Menphys Concert at a packed De Montfort Hall on 7 December.

Advent Wreaths

9 More, together with their RE teacher Mr Gonzalo and James, our Chaplain, have been looking at the Advent wreath and its meaning.

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.

ePraise Draw Winners

Congratulations to Sam-Jerry 7Mo and Tanya 8Ca who both won the Beats Headphones in the Easter draw. Congratulations to both of them.

Weird Science and the Search for God

On Thursday 14th March Mr Carney, James, and ten students visited London. We were there to attend a talk named ‘Weird Science and the Search for God’, presented by Dr Michael D. Hurley, a renowned academic, university lecturer and author.

Cyclone Idai

Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by Cyclone Idai, which brought torrential rains and winds of up to 140km/h. across Southern Africa.

Discipleship in Lent

As part of our Lent charity activities the Sixth Form Senior Student Leadership team together with Mr Boonham are organising a basic ‘soup and a roll’ lunch each Friday.

House Spelling Competition

Week beginning Monday 25th February
Students in Years 7 to 9 are being challenged to learn the spelling and meaning of 19 former words of the week to compete in our first Inter House Spelling Competition!

Year 7 Presepe Project

This exciting new RE project offers students the opportunity to work together as part of a team to create something which can be enjoyed by all members of English Martyrs’ School community.

St Cecilia Concert 2018

On 22 November 2018, our students marked the feast of St Cecilia – the patron saint of music – with a celebratory concert involving musicians from every year group.

NEC Skills Show

On Friday 16th November 2018 a number of our Year 10 and Year 11 students attended the WorldskillsUK LIVE Event held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

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.