Welcome to the English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy website.
We are a small Voluntary Aided Catholic Academy with 100 children aged between 4 - 11 yrs old on roll and are federated with St Augustine's Catholic Voluntary Academy in Stamford. We are part of the St Gilbert of Sempringham Catholic Academy Trust together with our federated school St Augustine's, Stamford as well as Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sleaford, Our Lady of Lincoln, St Hughes and St Peter & St Paul, Lincoln. We are happy to welcome children of any faith or none to join us in our friendly school.
We are very proud of our school, enjoy being part of an active and friendly community and welcome children and parents of all faiths, or none.
We would welcome you visiting us before you decide to join us to ensure that you are making the best decision for your child.
Please contact Mrs Hooley, Head Teacher or our school secretary Jennifer Iden on 01572 722400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or look for our open days in the press or on our website.
Children looking to join the school in the year that they are five must apply through the Local Authority admission procedure as well as completing a Supplementary Information Form. All other applications can be made directly to the school, for further informaiton please see our Admissions Policy.
About St Gilbert of Sempringham
Gilbert was born at Sempringham, near Bourne in Lincolnshire, the son of Jocelin, an Anglo-Norman lord of the manor, who unusually for that period, actively prevented his son from becoming a knight, instead sending him to the University of Paris to study theology. Some physical deformity may have made him unfit for military service, making an ecclesiastical career the best option. When he returned in 1120 he became a clerk in the household of Robert Bloet, Bishop of Lincoln, started a school for boys and girls and was finally ordained by Robert's successor, Alexander.
When Gilbert's father died in 1130 he became lord of the manor of Sempringham, and immediately began using his inherited wealth to fund expansion of the Gilbertines, his new order. Eventually he had a chain of twenty-six convents, monasteries and missions; in 1148 he approached the Cistercians for help. They refused because he included women in his order.
Gilbert was imprisoned in 1165 on a charge of aiding Thomas Becket when Thomas had fled from King Henry II after the council of Northampton, but he was eventually found innocent. Then, when he was 90, some of his lay brothers revolted, but he received the backing of Pope Alexander III. Gilbert resigned his office late in life because of blindness and died at Sempringham in about 1190, at the age of 106.
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FANTASTIC NEWS - Mrs Hooley awarded a Commendation by the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards.