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Travelling to school

Finding a way to travel safely to school needn’t be as difficult as the lessons themselves.

Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and the Department of Transport have asked us to draw your attention to their website www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk  which includes a lot of information about the best ways to get from home to school and advice on:

walking or cycling / scooting to school
school and college transport services in Leicester City
school and college transport services in Leicestershire.

The website includes a journey planner which will determine best route, travel time, mileage by car, bus routes/service numbers and even calories burnt if travel by foot/cycle! 

English Martyrs makes music at Cambridge University

Current and former students of English Martyrs were performing this weekend in two of Cambridge University's most distinguished colleges. On Saturday, Liam Leonard conducted Bristol University Symphonic Winds at a concert in Trinity College Chapel, a glorious building completed during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Music Department Wins Gold Quality Mark Award

After a Leicestershire Schools Music Service audit of the music department last year, the music department was awarded the Gold Quality Mark Award at an awards ceremony on Friday 20th January.

The presentation comments rightly focused on the wonderful spirit shown by, and to musicians with an atmosphere of respect and support throughout the whole school.  

Year 9 Careers Fair

Year 9 Careers Fair

Year 9 students and their parents will have the opportunity to speak to a number of employers, professionals and universities at our Careers Fair on Tuesday 7th February 5-7pm. Year 9 are embarking on a very important journey as the choose their GCSE options. All our visitors will be on hand to offer options advice in order to help students make the best choices for their future.

Bassoon Students visit to St John the Baptist Primary School

On Friday 20th January three of our bassoon students visited St John the Baptist Primary School to take part in a promotional workshop with students from English Martyrs, St John the Baptist and Robert Smyth Academy.

The afternoon consisted of a masterclass by renowned bassoon soloist Laurence Perkins, ensemble playing with all senior bassoonists and secondary school students teaching primary students how to play the bassoon. You can learn more about Laurence at http://laurenceperkins.com/ 

Christmas Market and Carol Service

Your family and friends are welcome to our Festival of Readings & Carols, on Tuesday December 20th, in St Cecilia Auditorium. We anticipate a large number of parents, students and staff will wish to attend and so we would ask you to request tickets in order to reserve a place. Festive refreshments will be provided in the Exhibition Area at 5.00pm and there will be an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts.

Bishop Patrick's pastoral letter for Advent

Bishop Patrick has issued a pastoral letter for Advent, in which he encourages us to pray for our priests and for vocations to priesthood and religious life.

“This Season of Advent is divided into two periods. From today until 16th December, the Church directs our gaze beyond the First Coming of Christ to his Second Coming in glory. The second period, from 17th December until Christmas Eve, directs our gaze towards the First Coming of Christ in his Birth at Bethlehem. Advent truly is a season of joyful and spiritual expectation. It is therefore a providential time to begin afresh our prayer throughout the Diocese for more vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life.”

For the full text of the Bishop’s letter click here.


Kayleigh Haywood RIP

This week all students have had the opportunity to see the film Kayleigh's Love Story. This was made following the tragic murder of Kayleigh Haywood in Leicestershire last year and was produced by Leicestershire Police in conjunction with Kayleigh's parents.

Jugendkapelle Lindau Visit

On September 8th English Martyrs' welcomed the Jugendkapelle Lindau for the morning.  They performed in a joint concert with the English Martyrs' massed orchestra to year 7 students. 

Summer Art Exhibition

We were delighted yet again this year to be able to display some of the amazing work of our wonderful art students from year 7 through to year 13 in our summer art exhibition. 

A-Level Results 2016

Please click here to view the article on the Leicester Mercury website celebrating the A-Levl results across Leicester.

Year 11 Prom

Congratulations to Year 11 on finishing their GCSE Examinations and then celebrating in style at their Prom. All those who attended agree it was a wonderful night and great fun with the magician and the vintage photobooth!

Uniform Reminder

The autumn term begins on Tuesday 30th August and this is a reminder about the school rules regarding uniform so that no parent is in doubt when making purchases this half term or across the summer.

Marriage and Family Life Project News

Two years ago the school council made a submission to the evidence gathering for the synod which was convened in Rome to discuss the church's teaching about love and family life. Bishop Peter Doyle has sent us the following post via a weblink.  Please click here to view.

Careers Club

Following the launch of the school’s Careers Club, to help raise awareness of Apprenticeships, an information hub was set up in the school’s Cafe area. 

Leicester City Young People's Elections

All students at English Martyrs' have been given the opportunity this week to vote in this year's Leicester City Young People's elections. 

The elections, which will vote in a Youth Council to work alongside Leicester City Council in order to give a voice to under 18s, were taking place across the city. 

Jessica Anstee - The Royal Ballet School

Congratulations to Jessica Anstee, year 10, who has successfully been accepted to join The Royal Ballet School and will be studying with the school each Saturday in Birmingham.

New School Rugby Kit - RFU Canterbury

English Martyrs is fortunate this year to be working alongside the English RFU.  This has meant many great opportunities for our students, including coaching every Thursday after school by an RFU coach.  These sessions are open to students who wish to try rugby.

This partnership has also meant that English Martyrs has been provided with a new school kit provided free by Canterbury.

Year 7 French Morning

As part of the school's commitment to its International Curriculum, students in Year 7 enjoyed a morning of activities all based around France and French-speaking communities.  In Art, students were able to re-create the styles used by Matisse and Monet and in Science they learned about famous French Scientists. 

Schola Cantorum Rehearsals

The Schola Cantorum is restarting rehearsals which take place each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8.15am in the Music department.  Students who are interested in trialling for this choir should speak to Mr Carter.

Jennifer’s achievement takes some beating

Year 11 student Jennifer Wirmum has managed to bag herself an amazing Christmas present-a pair of Beats headphones! Jennifer reached 500 praise points which allowed her to buy the highest point total item in the praise point shop. Jennifer says “determination is the road to success” when asked how she managed it she says “I set out from day one with a single goal in mind, to get the Beats. I knew the points total was high, 500 is a lot of points to get in one term but I was determined to do it by Christmas. The high total didn’t scare me. I am thrilled with my achievement. Now that I’ve got what I wanted I intend donating any further points I earn to the school charity”

Year 7 Shoe Box Appeal for Christmas

Year 7 were set the charity challenge of filling shoe boxes for the Blytheswood Care charity.  They had just 10 days to donate a range of items that would fill christmas wrapped shoe boxes, that would then be flown to Eastern Europe and Asia for families in need to open on Christmas morning.  Year 7 managed to produce 87 beautifully filled shoe boxes, with some also kindly donated from Year 8 students who chose to get involved in the project.  Derek and Richard from the charity came to collect these from students in assembly and were hugely impressed with their efforts in such a short space of time.  Very well done to all involved!

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New York, New York!

A group of sixth form students and four staff boarded a coach for Heathrow Airport to catch a flight to JFK Airport in New York on 14th October.  Ahead of us were five action packed days that would include visits to Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Wall Street, Federal Hall, the Museum of the Native American Indian, the 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport China Town, Little Italy, Grand Central Station, St Paul's Chapel and Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral.  We saw Manhattan from the "Top of the Rock" (Rockerfeller Center) and the top of the Empire State.  We could not resist seeing a Bradway show; either Les Miserables or Avenue Q and we all enjoyed a meal at the world famous Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway and a walk in Central Park.  Besides all the cultural and historical aspects of the visit, gift shopping at Bloomingdales, Macy's, Times Square, Dylan's Candy Store and the shops on 5th Avenue completed the amazing experience.New York 2015

Everybody's Reading - Helen Skelton's New Book!

How do you eat an elephant? A bit at a time.  This was the advice that helped the ex-Blue Peter presenter complete a 2000 mile kayak trip along the Amazon - the inspiration for her new book, 'Amazon Summer'.  Helen visited us as part of this year's Everybody's Reading festival, regaling students from accross the city with tales of tarantulas, howler monkeys and pink dolphins.  She answered lots of questions - from how long it took her to write a book to whether or not she used social media while in the jungle.  Infact, it was the six weeks without internet access that the students found hardest to imagine!

Helen Skelton

Safer Internet Day 2017

“Be the change: Unite for a better internet” was the theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day. During the week, students in Years 7-9 have been looking at how they can make this possible by watching a sort film, presentation and activities related to images.

Primary School Music Making

Beginning this week, English Martyrs' music department is pleased providing music lessons at both St Patrick's School and Christ the King School as part of a special project to help links through the year 6 to year 7 transition period.

Mr Cassidy will be teaching the year 6s some solo performances pieces and a very special massed item ready to be performed at the Spring Concert on March 30th where all musicians from English Martyrs' and now St Patrick's and Christ the King will join together to play as one, very large, musical force.

Beauty and the Beast

Tickets are now on sale for our school performance of Beauty and the Beast.  

Performances are to be held on Wednesday 1st February and Thursday 2nd February2017.  Performances start at 6pm.

Christmas Carol Services

Christmas Carol Services were held for parents on Tuesday evening and for the whole school on Wednesday morning in the St Cecilia Auditorium. During Advent this year as a community we have been praying for people caught up in conflicts and forced to become refugees. We have also been raising money for the charity Leicester – City of Sanctuary which helps refugees in our community.

Leicester MusicFest - 11th and 12th March 2017

We are delighted that the new Leicester MusicFest is going to be held at English Martyrs! Leicester MusicFest is run by a team of local professional musicians and teachers, all of whom are volunteers.  The festival which offers competitions, concerts and masterclasses is being held on 11th and 12th March 2017.

Gala Concert - 26th November - 7pm

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University Fair 2016

21 universities attended this year's  University Fair. Over 300 students from Years 9-12 and their parents came to talk to the universities about courses, accommodation and finance with many people saying that they found the advice invaluable in terms of choosing the right GCSE and A Level subjects.

Welcome Letter from Mr Carney

It was exciting to welcome the school on Tuesday and to see students smartly dressed and ready for the new school year. Our beginning of year assembly was about the privilege of our education here and we are asked to keep in our prayers this year those children and young people who because of war or poverty are denied the opportunity to go to school.

Sports Day 2016

On Thursday 7th July 2016 the whole school attended the Saffron Lane Athletics track for our annual Sports Day. Throughout the event, students from years 7-10 competed against one another to represent their form houses.

Firebird Gamelan

A group of music students from Y7-12 had a workshop from Dr Sophie Ransby, from the Southbank Centre in London on 16th June. Currently the school is very fortunate to have the loan of the “Firebird Gamelan” from Lincoln.

Alice at the Palace

Congratulations to Alice Wright, Head Girl 2013-14, who was awarded her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award by Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace last Monday at a garden party also attended by the Duke of Edinburgh himself.

Schola Cantorum sing at Leicester Cathedral

The Schola Cantorum sang Choral Evensong (sung evening prayer) at Leicester Cathedral for Holy Week on Wednesday 23 March. For this occasion we joined together with friends from the choir of The Peterborough School who travelled over for the rehearsal and service.

Year 7 Penny Run for Cafod's "Make a Splash" Campaign

Year 7 students have been collecting pennies to compete in our annual Penny Run.

The efforts from each form were absolutely fantastic, creating a chain of pennies that collectively would stretch over 336 metres.

Well done to all Year 7’s for another wonderful fundraising effort and to the Year 7 tutors for their efforts with this. 

Visit of the Secretary of State for Education

On Thursday 3 March we had many visitors in school as Mr Carney had invited the Headteachers of our diocesan schools to a meeting. As part of their day there was a tour of the school with senior students and an opportunity to see our new facilities. In the afternoon The Right Honourable Nicky Morgan MP, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, met the Heads to discuss aspects of current government policy.

Ghufran Khan - Cambridge University

Congratulations to Ghufran Khan who has received an offer to read Mathematics at Kings College Cambridge.

Cambridge is one of the three most competitive universities in the world and accordingly this is an outstanding achievement.

Holocaust Memorial Event 2016

Students from English Martyrs played a leading role in Leicestershire's Holocaust Memorial Event at Leicester University on Wednesday 27 January. Charlie Bee and Torin Page reflected on the impact of Holocaust Education on them, Charlie reflecting specifically a visit to Auschwitz. Sisters Shahad and Farah Salim spoke powerfully of their experiences of growing up in Iraq and the genocide of Christians taking place there.

Fundraising round-up - December 2015

Many students have taken part in volunteering and charity activities this term and Year 7 have been at the vanguard most recently collecting presents for needy children and making a commitment to CAFOD’s ‘Notes for Goats’ campaign to purchase goats for village communities.

De Montfort Hall Menphys Concert, Friday 4th December 2015

On Friday our school's musicians were represented in force at the annual Menphys Carol Concert at De Montfort Hall. The concert brought together the combined choirs of all of Leicestershire's twenty three Catholic schools and was performed to a packed house of guests who included Bishop Patrick, Bishop of Nottingham; Lady Gretton, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire as well as the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Cassidy. The orchestra, which featured many of our students played throughout the concert and was directed by our school's former Head of Music, Mr Lowe. As their solo item our Schola Cantorum performed John Rutter's 'Donkey Carol' which they will also be singing at the school's Festival of Readings and Carols on Thursday 17 December at 6pm in the St Cecilia Auditorium.

Wednesday 11th November - Literary Leicester - David Almond Workshop

We were delighted to host Literary Leicester's launch event on Wednesday, welcoming students from accross the county to listen to award-winning author, David Almond.  David enthralled students with his experiences of writing - sharing pages from his notebooks and reading extracts from his novels - including 'A Song for Ella Grey', recently shortlisted for the Guardian's children's prize for literature.  Several of our Year 9 students helped to prepare for the event and ensured the smooth running of the day itself.  Once our visitors had departed, a group of our Year 9 and 10 students stayed behind after school to attend a workshop with the man himself.  Imaginations were unleashed as students were asked to explain a manner of random events - inlcuding what part a bulldog clip played in the murder of Jack Marsh - and why Francesca came back from Australia last Friday.  They developed their creations further, learning helpful tips along the way - in fact they were nearly convinced to become authors themselves, until they learned that David earns less than a pound for every £6.99 book sold!

David Almond

Andrew Laurel becomes County Champion

"Every year, in August, there is the Leicestershire Tennis County Championships.  This year, I was in the under 14 boy's doubles final with my best friend Alex, after winning a tough first round match and winning the semi-final comfortably.  On the day of the finals, I was really excited, thinking about the chance of becoming county champion.  My hopes became reality when I hit a great shot to win the match (6-4, 6-3).  I am County Champion"

Andrew Laurel, Year 9

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Year 9 Football Success!

On Thursday 24th September the Year 9 Boys Football Team were victorious in the first round of the School National Cup.  After extra time, English Martyrs' were 3-2 winners away against Long Eaton School.  The team showed a great deal of effort and character throughout the game and thoroughly deserved their place in the second round.  Both members of staff highlighted Keiron Adjovi, Connor Barratt and Tobias Sutek as three students who were very influential in ensuring victory.  Well done to all!

Careers Fair

Students and parents took the opportunity to speak to employers, professionals and universities about making the right GCSE option choices, university courses and jobs. We are very grateful for the support and advice offered to all our students at the Fair. 




Songwriting Masterclass

Many of our school musicians took the opportunity to enjoy a songwriting masterclass on Friday 20th January, led by Rosie and Marcus Joseph.  Students learnt about the four different starting points to songwriting: melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics.  Together, the students composed a song on the theme of 'unity', showing great maturity and insight whilst considering the lyrics and melody especially.

Choral Evensong

Once again, the Schola Cantorum of English Martyrs was pleased to accept an invitation to sing Choral Evensong with the Choir of Leicester Cathedral on Friday 20th January as part of the week of prayer for Christian Unity.

The  service of evensong in the Church of England is based on the ancient monastic prayer of "Vespers" which by the time of the reformation in England was already an office set to elaborate choral music.

An end to Slavery

All families are invited by the Justice and Peace Commission of the diocese to a training event on Saturday 14th January at Blessed Sacrament Church. The day is about how we can all put an end to human trafficking and modern slavery in Britain today.

Raising Awareness of Online Grooming

Following on from the film "Kayleigh Haywood Love Story"  shown to all students at English Martyrs to raise awareness on the issue of on-line grooming and e-safety, all students have joined Leicestershire police's campaign to be safe on-line. This has involved students signing a pledge to be safer on-line and follow some basic rules.

Everybody’s Reading Festival - Lauren Child

Everybody’s Reading Festival in partnership with the Literary Leicester Festival was delighted to be able to invite 380 Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils from schools across the city to the auditorium at English Martyrs on November 16th to hear international bestselling author and the illustrator behind Charlie & Lola, Lauren Child.

Requiem Mass

The Church sets aside November as a month to remember and pray for those who have died. As a school, we will also be celebrating a voluntary Requiem Mass on Friday 11th November in St Cecilia Auditorium, to remember all our loved ones, family and friends who have died together with the victims of terror and disaster.  

Rugby Success

On Thursday 6th October a group of boys from years 7-11 attended the first Schools’ Rugby Festival at Belgrave Rugby Club. Year 7 and 8  made a combined team as did the Year 9 and 10.

Visit of Bishop Patrick, the Bishop of Nottingham

We welcomed Bishop Patrick to the school on Friday 9th September, this was the bishop’s first visit. As well as making a tour of the school and meeting some students and staff, he celebrated the Dedication of Studies Mass which was held in the St Cecilia Auditorium with concelebrating priests from the local parishes and Holy Cross Priory.

Jugendkapelle Lindau

As part of our International Programme we look forward to welcoming the Jugendkapelle Lindau, a concert band from Lindau, Germany, to the school next Thursday.

Sini Mathew and Leicestershire's MP6 Competition

Sini Mathew has enjoyed a successful year in Public Speaking. Having helped her team secure second place in a national competition organised by the English Speaking Union, she delivered an outstanding speech on the sugar tax in the semi-final of Leicestershire's MP6 Competition (organised by Sera Shortland from Hamilton School.)

De Montfort Hall Concert

The music department was very pleased to accept an invitation to perform at the Leicester Schools Music Service concert this June, where our musicians put on an incredible performance.  

Interview Technique Programme

20 Volunteer businessmen and women visited school on Thursday 5th May to offer careers interviews to students in Year 10.  The Interview Technique education programme is organised by the charity Leicestershire Cares and thanks go to Gail Brown the convenor of the event for bringing together a diverse and highly talented group of people from the commercial sector to work with our students.

New Creations 79

On Sunday 13th March, 19 dancers represented the school performing in the 'New Creations 79' show at The Curve, Leicester. This was part of a new intiative to bring schools together to share and showcase their talents and skills in dance.

New Creations 79 is a performance production company which has been created by Studio 79, to provide dancers with valuable and professional performance opportunities. New Creations 79 believes that performing is an priceless experience to dancers, it not only develops their interpretative skills but builds confidence and self esteem.' (Studio 79)

Music Society visit to De Montfort Hall

Members of the Music Society are planning to attend a concert given by the Philharmonia Orchestra at De Montfort hall on Tuesday 12th April, beginning at 7.30pm. The concert, which is the Season Finale, is being conducted by the world renowned  pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday services, held in the auditorium, were a solemn commemoration of the start of Lent.

The Liturgy was led by Mr Carney and students from the Guild of Lectors and the Schola Cantorum, together with the Sixth Form senior leadership team.  The sixth formers placed the ashes on everyone’s forehead and all members of the community received a prayer card which contains a line of scripture for contemplation during Lent.

Safer Internet Day 2016

February 9th 2016 is Safer Internet Day, a day that is very important to our school and pupils. Safer Internet Day is run by the INSAFE network and is celebrated every year across Europe, and in other countries worldwide.

6th Form Fundraising for CAFOD

Congratulations to a group of students from 12 More who raised £160 for CAFOD during Advent. The group created a confectionary stall for the last two days of term and invested £30 in stock which they raised by collecting funds from their form. They operated the business from a market stall in the quad which proved a brilliant pitch and ensured that they sold out on both days.

Handel's Messiah, Royal Albert Hall

On Sunday 29th November a small group of us from the Schola Cantorum represented the school at Youth Scratch Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, London.  The concert was a gathering of more than 40 youth choirs from all over England.  After a two hour rehearsal this massed choir of nearly 1000 performers gave a stunning performance of Handel's Oratorio 'The Messiah' which includes the famous 'Hallelujah Chorus'.  The concert took place in the Royal Albert Hall, best known for the Prom concerts that take place there each summer culminating in the 'Last Night of the Proms' of Land of Hope and Glory fame. 

University Evening

Students from years 11-13 as well as our most able cohort from Years 9 and 10 enjoyed another highly successful English Martyrs University Fair held in the Exhibition area on Wednesday 14th October. We are grateful to the time and commitment the 25 universities continue to give us year on year offering advice on course requirements, accommodation and finance. The university representatives commented on how clued up all our students were with regards to their A Level subject choices and their future study plans. We are grateful to  Oxford University who gave a talk to the more able cohort on Oxford university and the admissions criteria.

A selection of photographs taken at the event can be viewed from our galleries link.

Thanks to all who attended including our students, parents and to the many universities who supported the event.

Mrs Conaghan

Ghirass Dancers from Bethlehem

We were delighted to welcome the Ghirass Dancers from Bethlehem to school on Wednesday 30th September.  The group gave amazing performances and subsequently took part in dance and drumming workshops with our students.  Our link with this dance company is now well established and it was lovely to see new friendships forged and others renewed.  Thank you to Mrs Vincent and Mrs Pemberton for organising the visit.

Palestine Dancers