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Students raise their stake for LOROS

LorosTwelve students from English Martyrs’ Catholic School are taking part in the LOROS Accumulator Challenge 2014. With less than two weeks to go before the challenge ends they have already achieved so much to be proud of.

Exam Success

Once again our highly talented music students, aided by their highly talented instrumental teachers have achieved great results in their graded performance exams.
Sean Berwick and Anna Charalambou passed grade 2 (with Merit) and 5 respectively, taught by Mrs Taylor.

Music Performance

The Year 10 GCSE Music class enjoyed performing to the whole of Barley Croft Primary School last Friday.  They have been working hard to perform 'Only You' and 'The Passenger'.  The concert was a great success and finished with the whole hall joining in with 'The Passenger'.  The next time you can see the year 10 class perform is at the Spring Concert on Thursday 10th April.  Well done year 10's.


BBC Schools News Project

Year 8 members of the school’s radio station SuperSonic FM and Year 8 history students have been contributing to BBC School Newsday in conjunction with students throughout England. Already today our students have taken part in an interview with BBC Radio Leicester for the Jim Davis show and they will be putting together further news reports particularly about a chapter of a book they are writing to raise awareness of the Rwandan Genocide which took place in 1994, twenty years ago.

Shakespeare for Schools

We are very pleased to announce that Mr Prescott and the students who acted in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival at Melton Mowbray Theatre in November 2013 have offered to give an additional performance of their plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet.

The performance will be held in school on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at 6pm, tickets are £2.00 each and are available to purchase from the school office.
The performance will be in aid of our 50th Anniversary charity ‘Let the Children Live’ which works with street children in Colombia.
Mr Prescott was delighted with the students’ performance which he rates as among the best over many years at English Martyrs, so I do hope that as many members of the family as possible will attend. Student’s friends from school are also welcome to support.

Let the Children Live

A huge thank you and congratulations to students, staff and families for supporting us in raising £3,297 for ‘Let the Children Live’ throughout Advent. Proceeds were raised from a non-uniform day, carol singing, sponsored silences, St Cecilia concert, Carol concert and Christmas market, cakes sales raffles and a danceathon. 

£2,463 was raised for this same charity in July and October last year making the grand total raised during the autumn term 2013 £5,760.00 – a wonderful achievement by all.


Last Friday, the Year 10 football team took part in the County Cup quarter-finals against Longslade.

The year 10's showed great team spirit and gave 100% on the pitch to secure a 2-1 victory against Longslade in the County Cup Quarter Finals, behaviour and attittude was very positive as well.

The goals were scored by Dan Higgins (captain) and Finn Doherty but every single one of the players played at a very high standard and as a team. A special mention for the contribution of two year 9 players: Dennis Hewit and Nathan Lescott who both played a fantastic game.

Congratulation to the year 10 boys, who have gone through to the semi-finals of the County Cup and are all eager to play the semi-finals and try their best to reach the final.



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".


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


In April a number of our students entered a storywriting competition along with students across the city of Leicester. The title of the story was Heroes! 

Five English Martyrs' students have got through to the semi-final stage. We congratulate LLoyd King, Andoncia Noronha, Siena Fernandes and Eleanor Gaskin from Year 9 and Megan Lowe from Year 7.

Final judging to choose the stories that will be printed in a collection takes place in the next few weeks. Watch this space!

Mrs Jones
Literacy Coordinator.

Football Success

On Thursday our Year 8 Football team played Judgemeadow Community College in the City League.  It was a fantastic game of football with the final score being 9 – 3 to English Martyrs’.  A special mention to James Mvula for his excellent goalkeeping skills, Kenan Muganda for leading the team, James Brennan and his composure with the ball, Brady Doherty for scoring from the halfway line and finally Szymon Donnerstag for scoring 6 goals!  Well done to all of the team!

Songs of Praise

Schola Cantorum enjoyed recording two episodes of BBC Songs of Praise over Easter at Leicester Cathedral.  It was another thrilling experience for the young singers who, with visits to Selwyn College Cambridge, Lincoln Cathedral and Leicester Cathedral are now becoming very experienced at prestigious events.  You can watch one of the episodes on Sunday 8th June.  Next stop for Schola Cantorum, the Royal Albert Hall London in September.


Appointment of Bishop Malcolm as Ninth Archbishop of Liverpool - Statement by Father Andrew Cole, Diocesan Communications Officer

It was announced at 11.00 am today, Friday 21st March 2014, that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham, as ninth Archbishop of Liverpool in succession to Archbishop Patrick Kelly.

Bishop Malcolm will be installed as Archbishop during the celebration of Mass at noon on Thursday 1st May 2014 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.

Speaking at a press conference in Liverpool this morning, Bishop Malcolm said:

‘I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool. I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in me, and which the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Liverpool are being asked to put in me from today.

‘I am grateful to the priests and people of the Diocese of Nottingham for their support, guidance and friendship. I am naturally sorry to be leaving my home for the last thirteen years, and I will miss the priests & people there; I hope that the prayers of my Diocese will come with me as I prepare to bid them a fond farewell shortly after Easter.’


Our Year 10 Football team played our first County league game at home versus Robert Smyth on Monday 10th March, which we won 5-0 with a great performance and team spirit. We played outstanding football and 16 different players had the chance to play during the game.
Our Year 8 team took part in the Year 8 City Football Cup at Winstanley College with 10 schools taking part. We were drawn in the group with Rushey Mead and St Pauls. Matches were 8 minutes long each way.
We won our first match against Rushey Mead 1-0. The second match against St Pauls was also won 1-0, taking us through to the semi-finals.
We played the semi-final against Winstanley, sadly the match finished 0-0. We had to go to penalties (sudden death). They scored their penalty, we missed ours and we were out of the City Cup despite losing any games or conceding any goals during regular time.
The team were fantastic, and it was great to see Kieran Gethins and Daniel Higgins (both in Year 10) refereeing during the tournament as they are taking a refereeing course.

Netball Success!

The English Martyrs netball teams have been extremely successful in the recent school games city tournaments. Teams entered from year 7, 8 and 9. The year 7 team were unbeatable, and they won in style against Crown Hills, Samworth, Hamilton and Soar Valley. The girls put up an excellent battle against rivals Leicester High and came out with an astounding performance winning 4-3. Other schools proved a challenge and the year 7s came out with draws against Sir Jonathan North and St Paul's. The year 8 team impressed competitors with such tall girls and athletic ability. We particularly had close games against Soar Valley, Samworth and Leicester High. The year 8s battled with an excellent attack and went on to beat Hamilton. Finally, the year 9 team played Rushey Mead, Soar Valley and Sir Jonathan North and put on excellent performances.

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Public Speaking

Our Year 10’s enjoyed participating in their first Public Speaking Competition at Oakham College on Tuesday 21st January. Lewis Fazackerley was a confident chair and Rebecca Laurel a sensitive questioner. Gwen Koanga impressed the judges with her thoughtful speech persuading us that religious beliefs do NOT ultimately cause harm.

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Martyrs' Miles to Medellin

Every student in years 7-11 has 6 raffle tickets to sell as part of the Year 10 fundraising event 'Martyrs' Miles to Medellin'.

Each raffle ticket is representative of 1 mile in distance. If all raffle tickets are sold we will have reached our goal of travelling the distance between our school and Medellin in Colombia.
Prizes from the raffle draw include £25, £15 and £10 Highcross vouchers and there will also be a prize of an afternoon's 10 pin bowling for the form who raises the most from their tickets.
Once you have sold your left feet tickets bring in the right feet tickets, the record of your money raised and the money itself and hand it in to your form Medellin Miles Manager
If you have any questions then please see Miss Seal or members of Year 10
Well done for contributing to our Advent fundraiser for the 'Let the Children Live' charity!


On Tuesday afternoon the Year 7 boys football team advanced into the second round of the Ron Jackson County Trophy by beating Lutterworth High School 4-3 at home. The game was a tight affair and could have been won by either team. However, an excellent team performance in the second half and goals from Tobias Sutek and Connor Barrett secured a victory for English Martyrs. Well done to all of the boys and good luck for the next round!

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.

Marius Carney

English M-art-yrs 7-13

Once again this year we are very proud and excited to present our Summer Exhibtion 'English M-art-yrs 7-13' at the Pedestrian Gallery (in the LCB Depot), 31 Rutland Street, The Cultural Quarter, Leicester, LE1 1RE.

As the title suggests, the exhibition will showcase a range of work from year 7 right through to year 13 and is a wonderful celebration of our fantastic students' hard work, commitment and talent.
Students whose work is selected for display will be invited to attend a special pre view evening on Wednesday 2nd July with their families. This is always a wonderful occasion and lovely way to celebrate together and say thank you to our students for their efforts and contributions to our department and indeed, each other over the past year.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday 2nd July to Saturday 5th July inclusive. It is open from 9.30am -5pm on weekdays and we have a special opening on Saturday from 12-4. Please do come along and enjoy the wonderful work on display.

L Chatterson and M Flannigan
Art Department

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Shakespeare Week Celebrations

As part of the school’s celebration of Shakespeare week, commemorating the 450th anniversary of his birth, several staff have worn sixteenth century costume. Other activities have included a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Young Shakespeare Company and even alchemy experiments in Science!


Charity Fundraising

Everyone is reminded that there is a raffle running at break and lunchtimes in aid of LOROS. Tickets are 20p each and can be purchased from the snack area.

St Patrick's Day Mass

St Patricks Day Mass

The Schola Cantorum represented the school at the annual St Patrick's Day Mass at St Patrick's Church on Monday 17th March. The celebration focussed on the contribution of Irish culture to the people and city of Leicester and was celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington, a native of Leicester. The Mass was attended by Liz Kendall, MP and The Lord Mayor of Leicester amongst many other civic dignitaries.  Fr Neil Peoples, a past pupil of English Martyrs', gave the homily.  Amongst other pieces our choir sang a setting of "St Patrick's Breastplate" and music by William Byrd, a contemporary of some of our martyrs who lived in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.


'Feel it - Feel the Difference'

On Tuesday 25th February 2014, a selection of our Year 8 pupils represented the school in The 'Feel It - Feel The Difference' conference - the end of a collaborative project which aimed to celebrate diversity and multi-culturalism.  The celebration took place at The University of Leicester and we were joined by representatives from the collaboration schools in five European countries - Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and UK.  The event was covered by Leicester based channel 6 TV and on the University website and was watched by an audience of over 5000.

BSF Update

Two wonderful aerial images that were taken of our site in October 2013. We are very excited to see the on-going developments and even more so to move into our new facilities in September this year. 

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Senior Mathematics Challenge

Twenty students from Y13, Y12, and Y11 recently took part in the national Senior Mathematics Challenge. Our students earned between them one Gold award, four Silver, and six Bronze, and all of the competitors who entered took part with an excellent positive attitude and a desire to succeed. The Gold award was won by Chris Bowron, Y13, who also achieved the best mark of the twenty entrants from English Martyrs. This also qualified him to enter the next level, an International competition known as ‘Silver Kangaroo’. The Silver awards were won by Oliver Dearden Y12, and Nathan Leung, Dominic Cross and Aofie Holohan in Y11. Bronze awards went to Elizabeth Gannon, Grace Burley Jones and Sally Walsh in Y13, Katie Berwick in Y12, and Stephen Bowron and Jenny Musson in Y11. Congratulations to all of these students on their achievement

Dyslexia Friendly Schools Kite Mark

English Martyrs is working towards the Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ Kite Mark which is awarded by the British Dyslexia Association.

I am delighted that we have already achieved Level 1 status. We will be working towards full accreditation this year. 

English Martyrs aims to support all its students to achieve their best and we believe that we are a dyslexia friendly school. 

If you would like further information about this initiative or would be interested in attending a presentation about Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) please contact Mrs Patricia Jones (Literacy Coordinator).

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.