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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.

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

Andrew Laurel 2

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!



Eliazar George and Farah Salim share 15 A - A* between them 


Students are delighted at the results in this years examinations which has seen them achieving fantastic results across a range of subjects. Staff too are pleased to see so many students rewarded for their hard work and commitment to their studies. We look forward to welcoming them back in September to start the next phase in their education in our Outstanding Sixth Form.

Thanks go to our dedicated staff, Governors and parents for all their support.

Letter from Mr Carney - School Uniform Protocol

A letter and information booklet outlining school uniform policy was issued to parents on Friday 19th June.  To view a copy of this letter you can click here.  There is a detailed School Uniform section on the Information page of the website.

Lent Fundraising

During Lent we raised a total of £1742 for Let the Children Live and CAFOD which is a record amount.  Thank you to everyone for your efforts and contributions.  All good wishes for a successful term ahead.  Mr Carney.

Public Speaking Success for Yvonne

We are delighted that Yvonne Lee in Year 13 recently won the regional round of the annual Catenians Public Speaking Competition for Catholic Schools.  She spoke for four minutes arguing that tradition was NOT a necessary casualty of progress.  For her efforts she won £100 for herself and a further £100 for the school.  She will now represent the region in the National Final to be held in Manchester on September 13th. 

World Book Day 2015

To mark World Book Day, teachers of students in Years 7 to 9 will narrate instalments of ‘The Passenger’ - an exciting story by local author, Dan Tunstall.  Fast-paced, with a great twist, students will see the main character, Matt go through a range of emotions.  Who would have thought a journey on a bus could have such dramatic consequences?

To read more please click here.

Free G Gymnastics- Key Stage 3 Boys

We are very pleased to welcome Hinckley Gymnastics Club to English Martyrs.

We will be running a taster session (for a maximum of 20 students) on Thursday 12th February, 2.45-pm in the Activity Studio. Following this the club will run at the same time for 5 weeks after half term for 20 Key stage 3 students.

Demolition Work at English Martyrs

Mrs Jones’ Year 7 class has done some descriptive writing about the demolition. Here are their thoughts:

The digger is a dinosaur, a giraffe coloured T. Rex. It is a sneaky snake, creeping along to the building.

Basketball Success

Basketball really is becoming even more popular now we have moved into our brand new sports hall. It is not uncommon for 30+ boys and  10+ girls to turn up to training on Tuesday and Thursday after school clubs, across all year groups.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

For the first time we received guests for our annual MacMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning in our new Exhibition Area on Friday 26th September.  Students provided beautiful homemade cakes, refreshments and the opportunity for people to get together and relax.  

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



Students in Year 13 received their A level results this morning and there were smiles all round! Most students had already heard from universities before leaving home that they had gained their first choice university offers. This was a great relief and meant that all could enjoy celebrating everyone's successes at A Level and Level 3 courses. This year there was a 99% pass rate with a further significant improvement in the number of A and A* grades achieved overall. Students leave us to take up university offers in a wide range of subjects including Engineering, Law, Nursing, Politics, Criminology, Biochemistry, IT, Art, Music, History, Geography, Mathematics, Sociology, Psychology and Physics. Congratulations to all the students on their tremendous success and thank you to their teachers and parents for all their support throughout the Sixth Form.

Mr Carney, Principal 


Year 11 Summer Ball 2015

This years Year 11 Summer Ball will take place on Wednesday 24th June at the King Power Stadium.  Arrival is from 6.00pm, doors will close at 6.45pm.  The ball is due to finish at 11.00pm.

Monsignor Patrick McKinney appointed tenth Bishop of Nottingham

It was announced yesterday, on Thursday 14th May, that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Patrick McKinney, a Priest of the Archbishop of Birmingham, as tenth Bishop of Nottingham.  Monsignor McKinney was appointed in succession to Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool on 14th May 2015, and will be ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in St Barnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham on Friday 3rd July 2015.  Commenting upon his appointment, Monsignor McKinney said: "Throughout my priestly ministry, now almost 37 years, I have always tried to do my best in whatever has been asked of me.  In this I have been deeply conscious of God's abundant grace and mercy, and I have been greatly sustained by the prayerful support of my brother priests and deacons in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and by the prayers of the parishioners whom I have been priviliged to serve.  Now, as I prepare prayerfully to give my best in the service of the Diocese of Nottingham, I ask for prayers of everyone there.  I look forward to getting to know all the priests, the deacons, religious and lay men and women of the Diocese, and also working alongside other Christians and those involved in interreligious work and dialogue in service of the wider community".

MP6 Public Speaking Success for Sini

We are delighted that Sini Mathew of 9 Ward has secured a place in the Final of the MP6 Public Speaking Competition organised by Hamilton School.  The semi final was held on March 25th at the City Hall.  Speaking on 'Why we should vote' Sini impressed everyone with her conviction, content and sheer presence, before answering three tricky questions on current affairs from eminent judges: a former headteacher, a councillor and the Assistant City Mayor Manjula Sood MBE.  She will now join the winning speakers from five other schools in the Final at the end of June, where one of the judges will be Keith Vaz MP.  Competition to win the ultimate prize of a visit to the Houses of Parliament will be fierce since all the winning speakers were articulate and passionate about their chosen topic.

Penny Run, well done!

Congratulations to Joshua Munchi of 7 Ward who has made an amazing contribution to the Lent fundraising by collecting more than 3000 one and two pence coins.  Joshua enlisted the support of his family and his church and the contribution totalled over £50.  A fantatsic effort: well done Joshua!

Congratulations to our Students

We are delighted to receive our ALP's analysis of the Sixth Form Results 2014.  This shows that this year our results were in the top 2% of schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland!  Well done to all our students and their teachers on this fantastic achievement.  Mr Carney


Hands on CPR training for year 10

Dr Doug Skehan, a Cardiologist from Glenfield Hospital, led a team of volunteers including Accident and Emergency Doctors and staff from Glenfield Hospitals’ Cardiology Department, in training the entire year group in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of the school’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED). 

National Senior Mathematics Challenge

Students from Y13, Y12, and Y11 recently took part in the national Senior Mathematics Challenge. Our students earned between them one Gold award, one Silver, and nine Bronze, and all of the competitors who entered took part with an excellent positive attitude.

Leicester City Schools' Rugby Festival

On Thursday 16th October, 2 teams (Year 7/8 and Year 9/10) attended the Leicester City Schools’ Rugby Festival at Aylestone St James RFC.

All of the boys really gave it their all and represented the school extremely well. The results for each game were as follows:

The Armed Man: Royal Albert Hall

Very early on Sunday 28th September, the Schola Cantorum, together with a coach full of supporters travelled to London to perform in or enjoy a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The Schola joined a choir of 600 other singers gathered from across Europe and the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra to perform a piece of music called "The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace". This was part of the nation's centenary remembrance of the outbreak of the first world war and was organised by Sing UK.

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!

Shoe box 2 Shoe box 1 copy

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


GCSE results will be issued to students in Year 11 from the Sixth Form building between 9.00am and 11.00am on Thursday 20th August 2015. 

Students in Year 10 may collect their grades from 11.00am - 12 noon.


Sixth Form interviews will be held on Thursday 20th August from 9.30am- 2pm in the Sixth Form building. All students who have already received offers should attend a 'drop in' interview with one of the senior teachers to confirm their courses. Anyone who has not previously applied and who wishes to discuss the possibility of studying at English Martyrs should attend on Thursday also between 12noon and 2pm. Further interviews for admission of students who have not previously studied at English Martyrs will be held on Thursday 27th August. Applicants should bring their GCSE grades and a recent school report to interview.

Information about courses may be found at www.emsixth.co.uk

Enquiries by email should be addressed to the Head of Sixth Form, Mr O' Hagan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Requiem Mass for Richard III

Schola Cantorum took part in the Requiem Mass for Richard III at Holy Cross Priory on Monday.  The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and attended by many Bishops and Priests and over 600 people.  At the liturgy Schola Cantorum sang a piece by Orlando Gibbons:- Almighty and Everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Tales From The Stave: BBC Radio 4

The Music Department's Mr Simeone was recently in Austria and the Czech
Republic making programmes for the BBC. "Tales from the Stave" is a
programme which looks at the story behind a piece of music as revealed in the
composer's handwritten manuscripts. Previously Mr. Simeone has been a guest on
episodes about Bernstein's "West Side Story" and Berlioz's
"Symphonie fantastique".

The Young Voices Choir

The Young Voices choir enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Birmingham LG arena performing with 4,000 children. The choir have been busy preparing for the concert since September and enjoyed singing with Lucy Spraggan and boyband Mic Lowry.

Schola Cantorum

As part of the week of prayer for Christian Unity the Schola Cantorum is joining forces with the boys of Leicester Cathedral Choir to sing an evening service of Choral Evensong

English Martyrs v Samworth Academy

The Year 11 Football Team played Samworth Academy on Thursday 27th November. The students were very committed and willing to play for the school even though their examinations were about to begin on Friday. 

Schola Cantorum - Songs of Praise

Members of the Schola Cantorum together with Mr and Mrs Simeone and Mrs Trounson were featured on Songs of Praise on Sunday 16th November singing the hymn 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind'.  You can watch this on demand by following this link:

International School Status

We are delighted to announce that English Martyrs' has recently been reaccredited with full International Status, an award which runs from 2014-2017. This prestigious award from the British Council is recognition for the outstanding development of the international dimension in the curriculum.