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We have recently been congratulated by the SSAT on our performance in the 2012 end of Key Stage 4 examinations.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said "English Martyrs' Catholic School should be congratulated for their stunning performance in adding value to their students' achievements. It is one of the best schools in the country in outperforming expectations for their students and improving future prospects".


Year of Faith: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord"

This week the school is hosting the Icon of Our Lady which is received by each school in the diocese during the Year of Faith. The Icon was brought today by members of Christ the King School together with Mr Fitzwilliam (Headteacher) and Mrs Carter. During Mass of the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the icon was received by Fr Paul and is enthroned before the altar where it will remain for devotion and prayer this week. The icon will then be taken to St Patrick's School for the following week.

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Beat - Beating Eating Disorders

Congratulations to 9 Fisher for raising £213.20 by making and selling sock puppets in aid of the charity "Beat", who support people affected by eating disorders across the UK.

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Our Year 7 cricket team competed in the Leicestershire & Rutland U12 Cup against Brookvale High School for the first time on Wednesday. After winning the toss and English Martyrs' selecting to field in sunny conditions, Brookvale scored an impressive 142 from their 18 overs, with our most consistent bowlers including Tobias Booty and Arden Monteiro. English Martyrs' reply got off to a solid start with George Lippitt opening the batting, however Brookvale's bowlers were accurate and kept our total to a respectable 68. Despite the loss, all of the students involved showed great character and considering it was their first game displayed encouraging signs for future success!

Syria Crisis Appeal

The British Red Cross have wrote to the school thanking us for our donation toward the Syria Crisis Appeal. Special mentions go to Kieran Jennings and Michelle D'Souza for all their hard work. The full letter to the school can be viewed here


The English Martyrs' community raised a total of £2,046 throughout Lent in aid of CAFOD. Students and staff raised this money through various fundraising activities such as a non-uniform day, cake and Easter egg sales, and a sponsored silence. Well done and congratulations to all.


Two representatives of the St Vincent De Paul group present a cheque to The British Red Cross for £821.73, the proceeds of a non-uniform day in aid of the Syria Crisis Appeal held in February.


St Cecilia's Concert

Our St Cecilia's Concert took place on 22nd November 2012 and was a huge success.

Dyslexia Friendly School Status

English Martyrs’ School has begun to work towards the Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ kite mark which is awarded by the British Dyslexia Association. We already aim to support all our students to achieve their best and believe that we are a dyslexia- friendly school. If you would like further information about this initiative, or about dyslexia, please contact Mrs Jones.


99% 5+ A*- C PASSES

69% 5+ A*-C including English and Mathematics

Year 11 students are celebrating outstanding achievement in their GCSEs. 99% of students achieved at least 5 good passes A*-C of whom 69% achieved 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics. This is excellent achievement for each student and is the highest GCSE results the school has ever achieved! Congratulations go to all of the students who have worked so hard. We give thanks to God for all the talents, opportunities and blessings given to us. Thank you to parents and parishioners for your practical and prayerful support of our young people.

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Building Schools for the Future

Building works continue on site at the school with the demolition of the Languages block. There has been great progress with the building of the new car park which is due to be completed and in use this week! This picture shows the foundations for the new Sports Centre.

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Champions of Leicester!!

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The schools Sixth Form Rugby Coaches have been working hard this year! Rob Law, Kristian Bailey, Ieuan Cox and Miles Govan have all shown excellent commitment and have worked wonders in developing our KS3 and KS4 teams.

On the 6th February the Year 9 and 10 Rugby squads became 'Champions of Leicester' at the City Schools Festival. Both of these year teams also did very well in the County Plate with the Year 9 team reaching as far as the semi-finals.

Our Year 7 and 8 squads also put in a stoic performance at the City Festival, narrowly missing out on the title after a closely contested final. Many of the boys in these teams were scouted at the tournament and have now advanced on to the City Development Squad.

Thank you very much to all of the boys for their unwavering commitment at training and for their excellent sportmanship.

What Next? Sixth Form Evening

Year 12 and 13 students and their parents are invited to attend the What Next Evening on Thursday 11th April at the school. We are delighted that so many employers and Universities will be with us for people to talk to and get advice from. Contact Mrs Conaghan with any queries. The poster for the evening can be viewed online here

Sporting News!

We are extremely proud that two students have been selected to represent England in the Golf National Finals in Spain V's Scotland/Wales & Nothern Ireland. Congratulations to Ryan Southin (Team Captain) and Craig Waite.

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English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition

Saturday 9 November, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Congratulations to Bradley Setchell, Laura Saunders and Ieuan Cox who represented the school at the English Speaking Union competition at Cambridge University on Saturday. The students were invited to participate as winners of their regional round last year. Bradley spoke on the topic "Celebrity News is the opium of the people". Everyone commented on how brilliant his speech was. Ieuan asked thoughtful questions and Laura was an outstanding chair.

Stephen Roberts of the ESU wrote to the school to say: “The contribution of every member of the team was first rate. I know they figured a great deal in the judges’ discussions and that final results were a very close run thing. English Martyrs’ has become one of the jewels in our Public Speaking Crown and I am always delighted to see them in action”.

Well done to the team and thank you to Ms Fones for preparing them.

Skills for Life courses

We are looking into the possibility of working with Leicester College to run Skills for Life courses for any parents who want to improve their basic skills in literacy and/or numeracy. This could help people:

Improve their own skills

be able to help and support their children

gain a qualification in Functional Skills in English /Maths

Please contact Mrs Jones for more information if you would be interested in learning more about these courses.

A LEVEL – 100% PASS !


Congratulations to all our A level students on their outstanding success! This year 100% passed (A* -E) with 76% of students achieving the highest A* - C grades. Students have also had confirmation of niversity places and will now prepare to start courses at universities throughout the UK including Leicester, Loughborough, De Montfort, Keele, London, Liverpool, Bath, Edge Hill , Manchester, Leeds, Belfast.

Special congratulations to Eilish Hughes who achieved 2 A* and 2 As and has been awarded a place to read History at Girton College, Cambridge.




Let The Children Live!

We are extremely proud of the work our Year 10 students did to raise £2400 in aid of 'Let The Children Live!' through their enterprise day. This charity support the children of the streets in Columbia.

Many thanks & well done to everyone involved in this wonderful effort. The letter to the school from Pauline Allan, Administrator for Let the Children Live! can be viewed here

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Bradley Setchell Year 12 completed his Gliding Scholarship Training with No 643 Volunteer Gliding Squadron on Sunday 19th May. Bradley passed the course with flying colours as he completed his first solo flight at RAF Syerston.

Bradley now intends to join the Volunteer Gliding School as a junior staff member and train to one day become a RAF volunteer flying instructor. Eventually, Bradley aims to join the RAF as a flight medic on RAF C-17 transport aircraft supporting critically wounded troops being returned from warzones. So far he is on the right track towards his intended career!

Well done Bradley, we are very proud of you!


To all musicians on their achievements in the Easter exam season. They are - 

Liam Wheatley - Grade 1 Euphonium
Lloyd King - Grade 4 Trumpet
Elizabeth Cross - Grade 4 Euphonium
Jordan Harris - Grade 4 Piano
Siobhan Bennett - Grade 5 Theory
Tabitha Bolam - Grade 5 Theory 
And a special congratulations to Alice Wright (Year 12 - Clarinet) and Olivia Norris (Year 13 - Saxophone) for being awarded Grade 8 with distinction. A very special achievement!


Congratulations to Tom Brooker who has recently been awarded his 2 star at Army Cadets and has achieved Lance Corporal. He is currently working towards his 3 star.


Thank you to our ESU Public Speaking team for performing so well at Oakham School this week. The students were congratulated on their 'bright performances' throughout the evening.

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Holocaust Memorial Day Event

Schola Cantorum will be singing at the Holocaust Memorial Day Event at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday, 27th January in the Fraser Noble Building at the University of Leicester. All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to the Year 7 Football team

Congratulations to the Year 7 Boys' Football Team who won their second game of the County Cup. After a fantastic first match winning 3-8, they faced a very good Redmoor (Hinckley) side in the second round last Tuesday. The first half was very tight and both teams were trying their best to keep the game under control. The result at half time was 1-1 . After half time, English Martyrs played great football. They played as a team, with passion and great character and scored some fantastic goals. In the end the score was 5-2, and they are through to the quarter finals of the County Cup.

Well done boys!

Online Payments

The school online payment system is now live, instructions for using the payment portal can be found here